If today’s #Amplifriday had a theme, it would be all about resilience; continuing after tragedy to help others. We’re deeply honoured to have permission to amplify the remarkable impact of Greg Kilba, Division Manager and Log Buyer at Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. in Kamloops, not only as a leader within his company, but for how he helps amplify the necessity of caring for our mental health after the loss of his son Duncan.
“Greg is a leader and a champion in our industry."
Our colleagues often know us best, and two of Greg’s co-workers think he’s a remarkable guy. Kevin Gayfer shared, “Greg is a leader and a champion in our industry. His out-of-the-box thinking has led to thousands of truckloads of wood being utilized to create needed products, energy, and jobs.” Cliff Ramsey also shared, “Greg works hard and has creative ideas, ultimately contributing to overall improvement in stewardship of our natural resources.” Greg is respected within his industry, and his remarkable impact at work has helped sustain jobs, care for the environment, and create opportunities for many small communities.
Greg also is a remarkable colleague and community member for his vulnerability when it comes to sharing about the passing of his 19-year-old son, Duncan. Duncan was an exemplary student – on the academic honour roll. He had a girlfriend and countless friends, a job he loved, and an exciting future ahead of him. Duncan took his own life on March 2, 2017.
*Watch an interview with Greg here.
Since then, Greg has done a lot of work on himself and for his family to not move past losing Duncan, but to move forward, and this connection has gone beyond Greg’s immediate circle of friends and out into the community. Greg has done a lot of fundraising for mental health initiatives, shares openly about losing his son, and focuses on the importance of our mental health and reaching out for support. When confirming he was okay with us sharing about the passing of his son in this feature, Greg said: “Yes, absolutely. My goal is to help others avoid what Duncan and our family had to face. It is what Duncan would want. Plus, he will always be remembered by many as very caring and willing to help.”
We thought this was an awesome final Amplifriday for 2023, and as you move into the holidays, be aware of your own mental health, and the mental health of those around you. The holidays can be a joyous time, but also a time of sadness and it’s okay to ask for help. If you need help, a new suicide crisis helpline just recently launched in Canada. Simply call 988 if you need help.
Greg – you are a remarkable person of impact. As is our team at Amplify Consulting Inc.’s commitment, we will donate $100 to a charity of your choice to further amplify both your remarkable impact and the charity’s.
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We were enthusiastic about amplifying the remarkable impact of Greg Kilba recently. As a part of AmpliFriday, we donate $100 to a charity of choice for our amplified individual, and Greg chose Ride Don’t Hide.
Greg explains, “Through this event, we have raised so much awareness within Arrow. Family, close friends and business associates are helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, and I believe we are helping others to recognize that everyone has mental health and that it takes effort to keep your mental health healthy. Recognizing what enables you to improve your mental is important. For me, it is being outdoors and participating in community events. Arrow and the senior management team have been behind us all the way, not only with words of encouragement but matching all the funds we have collectively raised. Together, we are making a difference in our community.”
All funds raised by Ride Don’t Hide support local Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) branches/regions and their programs and services. The CMHA is Canada's most established, extensive community mental health organization, with over 330 locations. CMHA programs and services directly impact over 1.3 million Canadians each year and millions more through education and advocacy online.
Congratulations again, Greg, on being amplified; when the Ride Don’t Hide registration opens in 2024, we will be thrilled to make a $100 donation in your honour.
Amplify Consulting Inc. is a company that helps leaders, and their organizations amplify their impact through communications and stakeholder engagement. #Amplifriday is our passion project we started in 2018 to amplify remarkable people of impact to inspire you, honour them, and support local charities. You can join the #Amplifriday movement as a supporter. Reach out for details.