Secret Santa celebrates BVFD firefighters
For the past four Christmases, a generous someone has been pulling out all the stops for the Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department.
The department’s “Secret Santa” wishes their identity to remain under wraps, only wishing to reward those who serve selflessly.
“As long as there is a Santa, there will be a tribute to the good men, and hopefully women one day, of the BVFD,” a source told The Standard.
This year, Secret Santa provided a prime rib roast and chicken dinner with all the fixings prepared by the Keltic Lodge’s Cape Breton-born Chef Daryl Macdonnell. Each firefighter also received a box of chocolates, a $50 gift certificate to the Victoria Farmers Coop and a personal note of thanks.
“Firefighters never expect to be thanked and are always surprised when they are,” said BVFD Fire Fighter / Communications Officer Dan Chiasson.
There was much to celebrate at the department’s annual Christmas gathering held on Dec.8 at the Baddeck Community Centre.
Dan Chiasson and Sandy Watling were each promoted to the rank of Elf 2nd Class by the elusive Mr. Claus and proudly donned their brand new elf uniforms.
The department’s longest serving member (55 years) Bobby Buchanan celebrated his 80th birthday with a cake. A man of few words, Buchanan spoke of his love for the department during his speech.
Four retired members received plaques in recognition of their exemplary long service: Reg Wyer (43 years), Dan Neil Shaw (48 years), Jim Bradley (38 years) and Winston Cameron (48 years).
Firefighter Finley Beaton is relocating to Prince Edward Island with wife Dr. Emily Beaton. His colleagues presented him with a sports jacket and the reflective name plate from his bunker gear as mementos.
The department thanks Nancy Chiasson for her work in decorating the community centre for the celebration.
The department currently has 22 active members. Danny Morrison and Jacob Wadden are the newest recruits.
Members of the Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department celebrate during their annual Christmas Dinner. Front row, L-R: Harvey Mcfadgen, Dan Neil Shaw (retired), Jim Bradley (retired) Shane Macfarlane, Bobby Buchanan, Winston Cameron (retired), Reg Wyer (retired).missing from picture: Andrew Macdonald, Lee Norman, Hugh Munroe, Derek Macfarlane, Michael Maclean. Back Row, L-R: Matt Sampson, Scott Williamson, Doug Ronne, Finley Beaton (leaving), Darren Macaulay, Scott Buchanan, Dave (Hoss) Buchanan, Dan Morrison (new member), Jared Kaiser, Elf 2nd Class Sandy Watling. Middle row, L-R: Elf 2nd Class Dan Chiasson, Charles Garland, Jacob Wadden (new member), Kevin Garland, Jonathan Maclean. Photo by Nancy Chiasson.