British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

October 03, 2011 14:30 ET

BC Safety Authority: 'Safety Superheroes' to be Honoured at 7th Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety

NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2011) - Three 'Safety Superheroes' have been selected to receive BC's highest safety honour at the 7th Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety.

The awards, which will be presented by the British Columbia Safety Authority on November 16, 2011, recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of safety in BC.

"We are proud to announce the 2011 award recipients," says Catherine Roome, President and CEO of the BC Safety Authority. "Leaders in safety stand apart. Safety isn't just a poster - they live it. Whether they are organizations or individuals, it is their actions that make it clear that safety of others is their paramount value. We recognize these winners and highlight their accomplishments because they are great examples of their commitment to vital, strong communities."

Recipients of the Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety are chosen by the Safety Selection Committee, which includes a senior staff member of the BC Safety Authority and respected individuals in the safety field from seven other organizations.


Laurie Lowes, London Drugs - Lifetime Achievement Award

One of Laurie Lowes' favourite expressions is, "safety is not a trade secret" and he has spent most of his 30-year career sharing his safety knowledge with direct coworkers as well as colleagues across the retail sector. Lowes joined London Drugs in 1981 as Loss Prevention Manager, and became Health and Safety Manager in 1996. He is committed to the health and safety of more than 7,500 employees at London Drugs, Senora Resort and London Air, and to employees in other organizations as well. Lowes was a founding member of both the Retail Loss Prevention Association of BC and the BC Retail Safety Society. Lowes is also a part time instructor in Langara College's Criminal Justice Program, a first aid instructor with St. John's Ambulance, and volunteers with numerous business and community groups.

Michael L. Dine, Pender Island Fire Rescue - Exceptional Contribution to Public Safety: Individual Award

Deputy Chief Michael Dine is a champion for firefighter safety and training whose leadership is felt throughout the Southern Gulf Islands fire departments. Since joining what was then the South Pender Island Volunteer Fire Department, Dine has developed a leading volunteer fire fighter training program that is recognized as a model for volunteer departments across BC. He created a Southern Gulf Islands Wildfire Prevention program to educate children and adults, reducing fire and smoke-related calls by at least 30 per cent. In 2005, he also established a cadet program for teenagers to develop future fire fighters. Dine does all of this and more as a volunteer because of his passions for safety and giving back to the community.

Lifesaving Society, BC & Yukon Branch - Exceptional Contribution to Public Safety: Organization Award

The Lifesaving Society (formerly the Royal Lifesaving Society) is a not for profit organization whose mandate is to reduce water-related death and injury. The Society has been educating the public and training lifesavers and lifeguards since 1911, and in that time has touched literally millions of British Columbians through its many programs. The Annual Commonwealth Awards Ceremony for Honour & Rescue in March, and National Drowning Prevention Day in July, are the most important events on the Society's calendar. Both events recognize roles that any British Columbian may find themselves in as either a victim or rescuer.


DATE: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Vancouver Convention Centre (West)

Tickets to the event are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight guests. A ticket order form may be downloaded from the BC Safety Authority's website at

The awards are made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Fortis BC, WorkSafeBC (Platinum); Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, CSA Group (Silver); BC Association for Crane Safety, BC Construction Association, Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, Electrical Contractors Association of BC, Justice Institute of BC, Spectra Energy, Teck Resources Limited (Bronze); and Black Press (Media).

The British Columbia Safety Authority keeps people safe by mandating the safe installation and use of technical equipment. It is a not for profit organization that administers safety standards and enforces compliance. It also issues permits and licences, educates, and conducts onsite inspections in high-risk situations. The BC Safety Authority continuously advances the standards of safe practices in BC.

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