British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

November 17, 2008 09:00 ET

British Columbia Safety Authority: Safety Champions to be Honoured at 4th Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2008) - Three safety champions will be presented with BC's highest safety honour at the 4th Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety on November 26, 2008.

Presented by the British Columbia Safety Authority, the awards recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of safety in BC.

"We are always amazed at the number of outstanding individuals who are nominated," said Harry Diemer, President and CEO, BC Safety Authority. "There are so many people in BC making a difference in public safety."

This year's award recipients were selected by a Public Safety Advisory Committee, which includes a senior staff member of the BC Safety Authority, representatives of partnering safety organizations, and respected individuals in the safety field.

The 2008 award recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jim Barker, presented in remembrance

Jim Barker dedicated the last 20 years of his career to electrical safety. As Electrical Safety Manager for the City of Surrey, Jim earned respect for his enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to the promotion of electrical safety standards throughout BC. A member of many task forces, he worked tirelessly on the adoption of the Electrical Code and the Electrical and Fire Safety Inspection program, an initiative that began in Surrey in 2005 and has since been modeled by many other communities. Tragically, Jim was killed in a motor vehicle accident in July 2008.

Individual Award: Brian Leighton, Safety Manager, Whistler Blackcomb

A member of the Whistler Blackcomb team for more than 30 years, Brian Leighton is an inspirational leader and mentor in British Columbia's ski industry. Throughout his career he has educated thousands of visitors and staff members on the prevention and handling of incidents. But his efforts go far beyond his local mountain. Brian has been instrumental in developing standardized safety policies as well as safety and risk management seminars for all BC ski resorts.

Organization Award: CN Dangerous Goods Team, REACT Initiative

Recognizing the increased need for dangerous goods awareness and emergency responder training in rural areas of British Columbia, CN's Dangerous Goods Team created the Responder Education Assistance and Certification Training (REACT) initiative. The creative program was offered to various emergency responders in 36 communities throughout BC and provided local, customized training. REACT built positive partnerships within BC's communities, resulting in better emergency preparedness and response.

Join His Honour, The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in honouring this year's safety champions.

Tickets are available through the BC Safety Authority ( or by calling Jennifer Marstaeller at 604-660-0981). The award's ceremony and luncheon will be held on November 26, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The British Columbia Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded corporation that inspires safety excellence in British Columbia by partnering with business, industry, institutions and the general public to enhance the safety of technical systems, products, equipment and work.

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