The city of Williams Lake recognized Master Warrant Officer Scott Short with a Certificate of Recognition on Nov. 17 at city hall.
Mayor Surinderpal Rathor said it is the highest honour the city can give, and he was happy to be able to present it to Short, in recognition of Short’s many years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces as well as his work with search and rescue organizations.
Short was a member of the Williams Lake Search and Rescue land SAR group from when he was 16 years old until he left Williams Lake at 19. Short went on to serve in a couple of other search and rescue organizations throughout his various postings.
Scott recently retired from the Army, having served as a Royal Canadian electrical mechanical engineer across the country. Short spent 35 years serving in the military, with postings in Calgary, Edmonton, Comox, Sault St. Marie, Chilliwack and more.
“It was a good run,” said Short, who recommends the career path for young people, noting however, it isn’t for everyone.
But if a person does not have a problem with structure and authority, it can be a good career opportunity, and one with stability, opportunities for travel, a chance to learn a trade and not have any student debt.
“It’s not just a job, it becomes a lifestyle,” said Short.
At 55 years old, Short isn’t ready to quit working entirely just yet, but he and his wife came back to Williams Lake, which Short had left in 1989, so they could be closer to family and friends.
Short said he looks forward to his new role as the compliance officer lead at Walmart, where the uniform requirements are minimal and he doesn’t expect to have a high degree of stress.
Short was nominated by Jack Simpson for the honour.
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