Sheldon Barker, CD, CCFI-C
Sheldon is a proud Newfoundlander who has been a member of the federal public service since 1991 when he embarked on what was an honorable career with the Canadian Armed Forces. A few of his accomplishments include the United Nations Protection Force medal, Canadian Peacekeeping Service medal, and The Queens Diamond Jubilee. Humanitarian missions in Canada include the Ice Storm of 1997. In 2011, he settled in the nation’s capital and worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and later that year switched to the Public Safety Canada domain. After spending five years in Ottawa, his family relocated to the lower mainland of British Columbia where he was a sessional fire service instructor at the Justice Institute and later assumed his current role as Regional Fire Safety Officer with the Correctional Services of Canada.Sheldon is an active member of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs where he is a Steering Committee member in Mental Health, Drone Technology, HUSAR and Dangerous Goods. He is also a member of the BC Fire Chief's Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Emergency Management (Canada). Over the year’s his educational achievements have included the completion of Fire Officer IV, Fire Service Instructor II and Fire Investigator III (CCFI-C). He is currently attending Wilfrid Laurier University where he working diligently towards his Master’s of Public Safety specializing in Emergency Management.Sheldon is a very active member of the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators where he sat as the 1st Vice President and Regional Director for BC until December of this year when he became National President. He is looking forward to this challenge. With the support of his executive team, he plans to not only grow the association, but also reach out to the countless rural departments across the country that can truly benefit from what CAFI has to offer in training, mentoring and support.