Barry Glickman

BC recognizes Barry Glickman for developing emergency communications within the SRD

On Wednesday June 23, the province of British Columbia recognized Barry Glickman for his role in developing emergency communications within the Strathcona Regional District

Barry Glickman receives Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Award

Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said, “I am very happy to congratulate Barry Glickman on receiving the Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Award for emergency communications. Barry’s insatiable commitment to radio communications is contagious and he has been a champion and mentor to all those he works with.” 

Minister Farnworth congratulates the winner of the Radio Communications 2021 Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Award: Barry Glickman.

Four of the province’s other public safety volunteers were also recognized.

Barry’s contribution to Cortes Radio

Barry was on the Board of Cortes Community Radio from 2016 until 2020 and, together with his wife Amanda is responsible for virtually everything we have accomplished in terms of emergency radio communication. 

Thanks to their influence, Cortes Radio entered into an MOU with the Strathcona Regional District in 2017

Working together with Shaun Koopman, Protective Services Coordinator for the Strathcona Regional District, they obtained a packet VHF system and associated tower for the radio station. Barry and Amanda helped install it. These three were also involved in our obtaining a ‘radio in a box.’ 

Barry & Amanda Glickman’s contributions to the SRD emergency communications

From 2016 to 2019, Barry and Amanda were the key organizers of a number of emergency communication training exercises. During this period, they were also travelling to different parts of Vancouver island to train other communities to use emergency communication devices. 

They now live in Campbell River.

Shaun Koopman, SRD Protective Services Coordinator, said  “Barry, his wife Amanda and dogs Salty and Murphy are the foundation of our Regional Emergency Radio Communications Team. I cannot even begin to fathom how many hours, kilometers, water taxis and ferry trips Barry has put in over the years to help build our strong regional program, which currently has 40 volunteers”

“Barry freely shares his knowledge even at times of personal difficulty. He is always thinking of a new way to meet today’s needs and face tomorrows challenges. His quiet strength helps mold our team and his wicked sense of humor makes the bumps in the road pass that much smoother,” said Fred Perkins, Emergency Radio Communications (ERC) Team Member. “When working a station, it is a treat to have Barry beside you.”

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Top photo credit: Amanda & Barry Gllickman (far left) and Shaun Koopman (partially hidden behind orange kit, top of picture) staging an exercise during Cortes Island’s Emergency Preparedness weekend, May 27-28, 2017 – Roy L Hales photo.

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