Chris Baker

Grande Prairie, AB

My mentor wasn’t known to me until years after he provided these priceless lessons. He was in my life for many years before I got on the job. I learned most my skills and good professional traits from this man. Learning how to challenge myself, watching his attention to detail, seeing his passion for the career and looking at the reactions of my peers as he showed up during fire drills at school as we were young teens. Now that I have been a Firefighter for 10 years I finalize realize how I was being mentored without even knowing it.

My father has been retired for a few years now and I enjoy nothing more than to share stories with him and show him how much I appreciate him. This wasn’t always the case. We locked horns many times before I even knew what this job meant to me, before I knew this would be my career. I thought I would be a professional hockey player after having a successful junior hockey career. The cards I was dealt didn’t make this possible and when I had to get back to real life it didn’t take me long to realize what I had been groomed for all these years. It was in front of me this whole time.
This job, for me, is more than a job and my father, Retired Captain Tom Baker may never truly know how much he means to me and how much I appreciate him being hard on me as a kid.

I think this is a wonderful reason to draft this email and put my feelings down into words in an email as traditionally we are too lovey towards each other, you could call us old fashioned. I can think of nothing more satisfying than meeting him for a drink and a chat.
We live a province apart in Canada and although my department is much bigger than where his career was built, the lessons and mentorship that this man provided for myself... I will forever be grateful. I look forward to our next visit.
I love you Dad. Let’s have one(or three) on me.