Crane honoured as Alberta Flood Hero

The University of Lethbridge's Manager of Conference and Event Services, Erin Crane, is being honoured as an Alberta Flood Hero for the leadership role she played when the U of L provided temporary housing for those displaced by the June 2013 floods in central Alberta.

Erin Crane was instrumental in coordinating the University's response team as the U of L played host to hundreds of flood victims following the 2014 floods in central Alberta.

The Alberta government approached the U of L shortly after flooding occurred in High River, Calgary and area to see if the University’s residences could be used to house those displaced by the flood. The University quickly formed a response team that consisted of individuals from across campus.

In addition to housing, evacuees were made more comfortable by being provided food, transportation, health and wellness services and activities for children. The U of L also offered space for critical services provided by Alberta Health Services, the Red Cross, the City of Lethbridge and others.

University of Lethbridge Vice-President Nancy Walker says U of L staff and faculty were already very proud of the role they played in assisting flood victims and that Erin’s award is an honour the entire University community can be proud of.

“Erin is very deserving of this honour for the leadership role she played in ensuring that those displaced by the flooding not only had a place to stay, but found some comfort during a very stressful time in their lives,” says Walker. “The efforts made by many U of L employees, and those from Lethbridge organizations and agencies, made a real difference for hundreds of people. This nomination reflects the amazing job Erin did, but also the efforts of our University and City.”

The U of L was honoured for its efforts in providing temporary housing for evacuees at the City of Lethbridge’s “Bringing Lethbridge Home” awards luncheon in November 2013.

The Alberta Heroes of the Flood program was created to recognize those who went above and beyond to help family, friends, neighbours and strangers get back on their feet. Albertans nominated more than 1,300 individuals, groups, companies and volunteers for their incredible actions.

A complete list of Alberta Flood Heroes can be found at