Fireguy, welcome to our forum, wonderful that you have found us. BTW, I have the deepest respect for folk like you, the ones that put their lives at risk to help others, and there are many different fields that involve people that do these type of things. Thank you for being you.
About beekeepers in your area. I do not know of any across the water on your side. BUT...I bet there are bee clubs, but again, not sure. Nice to have another beekeeper that lives in my region. There are several bee clubs in the Lower Mainland, do a google search and see what you come up with.
It is wonderful to have new members come here to join us. This will be a place where you can make some new friends, a place to tell your stories, tales and experiences, and a place to learn. We love to listen and we love to help, just ask the question, no matter what, and great answers will come forth. Do stick around. Have that most wonderful and awesome day, with great health. Cindi