Mike Hurley was born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, in 1958 and came to Canada in 1983 at the young age of 25. Music and Gaelic football dominated his youth as did soccer which advanced him to a semi-professional league.
He first settled in Vancouver and moved to Burnaby in 1988. He met his wife Jennifer in 1998 and they have three boys who are in elementary school. They also have a daughter, who is attending Simon Fraser University.
He joined the Burnaby Fire Department in 1988. Throughout his career, has held many positions – driver; technical rescue team member; hazardous material specialist; instructor; Lieutenant, Captain and Acting Assistant Chief.
As President of the Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, he led the effort to raise $15 million to build a facility that accommodates families and burn unit outpatients for Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital.
He was honoured to receive the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
He is currently the Mayor of Burnaby
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