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Congratulations, Mark Burgess.

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Mark Burgess has been working in the technology sector for over twenty years working in both Africa and Nova Scotia. Mark also serves as the Volunteer Fire Chief with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency. In addition to responding to emergencies, he is involved in recruiting, training, and personal development of the firefighters and officers in Westphal – Cole Harbour. He has been a firefighter for over 21 years, having worked in roles from Firefighter up the ranks to Chief.

In 2016, Mark spent 50 hours 100 feet in the air on the ladder of a fire truck to help the Westphal-Cole Harbour Firefighters Association raise $22k for Muscular Dystrophy.  He has also participated in the Easter Seals Drop Zone, rappelling 23 stories from Halifax’s tallest office tower to raise money for Nova Scotians with disabilities. Mark is a mentor to firefighters in Nova Scotia, setting an example with charitable work, dedication to the fire department and his commitment and involvement with his community.

Mark is passionate about helping people; this is evident from his work in Nova Scotia and in Africa. Although he takes pride in all the work he does he feels his biggest accomplishment is being a father. He says parenthood provides the opportunity to be selfless and to nurture previously unrealized personality traits.

When asked about his own mentors, Mark suggested that this changes daily. He is lucky enough to have had many great mentors throughout his lifetime. Coaches, Teachers, Managers, Friends, Coworkers, Children and even strangers have all contributed to the life he loves. Mark believes that the secret to life is to just stop and listen, a helping hand is always there, and sometimes you have the opportunity for it to be yours.

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