Safety Centered Leadership Awards

Every year, Service Hospitality recognizes individuals who have taken a leadership role in demonstrating their commitment to safety. The Safety Centered Leadership Awards are bestowed on those who exemplify safety leadership in their business and/or community. Since 2013, we have been recognizing the many safety leaders who have been models and mentors in their organizations. We are pleased to celebrate the below Safety Centered Leadership Award recipients who champion these efforts and create other leaders across Saskatchewan.

 


2017
Richard Donnelly
Regina Catholic School Division

Richard has spent his 33-year career in education with the RCSD, as both a teacher and an administrator.

In 2012, Richard helped to launch Youth Safety Education Day at the RCSD.  He has championed this initiative as a member of both the provincial and national steering committees.  He has worked tirelessly over this time helping Service Hospitality pilot and then introduce a Grade 6 “safety at home” program, a Grade 8 “mental health” program and high school health and safety education programs.  He has worked with many organizations, not least of which was Safety in Schools to pilot their program.

Since 2012, Richard’s contributions to youth health and safety in Regina have been too numerous to mention, but his outcomes are simply staggering.  Based on the most recent data, injuries among youth in Regina in the service and hospitality sectors have decreased three times faster than any other age demographic.

Richard has understood better than anyone that, in the end, this is all about stopping kids from getting hurt.

 


2016
Andrea Brittin

Ranch Ehrlo Society 

Andrew Brittin has spent her entire career working in the field of child welfare. 

In 2014, Andrea joined Ranch Ehrlo Society as the President/CEO. Ranch Ehrlo Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a range of quality assessment, treatment, education, support, and community services to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. Andrea oversees over 800 employees on three campuses throughout the province and in the cities of Regina and Prince Albert. Andrea signed the Mission Zero charter in 2016 and since then has led an enhanced focus on safety at Ranch Ehrlo Society.

Through their work with Service Hospitality, Ranch Ehrlo has significantly reduced their workplace injuries.

2016
Toby Desnomie
Saskatchewan First Nation’s Safety Association

Toby Desnomie is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatchewan First Nations Safety Association. 

Toby founded the non-profit organization in February 2016, after 16 years in the field of Occupational Health & Safety. Toby was inspired to create the association after noticing a void of information on safety and injury awareness directed towards First Nations workers.

The mission and vision are to develop public safety awareness campaigns as well as develop strategic plans to advance the safety awareness of communities in Saskatchewan’s First Nations.


2015
Sharlene Duquette
Cosmopolitan Industries 

Sharlene started as the Executive Director of Cosmopolitan Industries in 2015. As a social enterprise, Cosmo features day programs for adults with intellectual disabilities that are focused on vocational activities that challenge peoples’ capabilities and build self-esteem. Sharlene exemplifies a safety-centered leadership approach. She allocated an entire day for her organization to focus just on safety training. That day all 150 employees attended four training sessions on emergent issues, organizational health and safety, and practice risks in health and safety.

In her short term to date as a leader, Sharlene has helped transform Cosmo into a leader in the development and delivery of programs for adults with intellectual disabilities, but also a leader in health and safety in the province.

2015
Larry Bird
Service Hospitality Board Member

Larry Bird is Service Hospitality’s longest-serving board member having joined shortly after the Association was formed in 1996. He would hold the position of Chair of the Board for 18 years truly earning the title “The Chair of the Board.” During this time, Larry helped create an operational Board that directly managed staff while the association was figuring out what the health and safety needs of its membership were. As the Board transitioned to a governance board, the Chair was front and center in the hiring of all subsequent CEOs. In 2016, Service Hospitality, in celebrating 20 years also championed 3,000 injuries prevented. This too is part of Larry’s legacy.

During his time as owner and general manager of hotels, Larry developed a philosophy to health and safety and claims management, which ultimately formed the foundation of Service Hospitality’s service delivery.


2014
Amy McNeil
SARC/SARCAN Recycling 

Amy McNeil has been with SARC/SARCAN Recycling since 2007 and has led the organization along a safety centered path at record speed. In 2012 she signed the Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership Charter. In 2014, SARC held its first annual Safety Symposium. The two-day event was the first of its kind in Saskatchewan and provided valuable safety information for all levels of workers and managers in community-based organizations.

SARC/SARCAN Recycling is a well-known organization in our community, and Amy McNeil has shown that the safety of every person in an organization is their top priority.

2014
Natalie Szanker
Best Western Royal Hotel 

Natalie Szankar began working with Service Hospitality as General Manager of the Best Western Blairmore Hotel. We conducted their first evaluation in 2011 shortly after the hotel’s opening and following those visits, Natalie signed the Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership Charter. Natalie has since changed locations, but her unwavering commitment to safety hasn’t. She has trained two new General Managers to continue in her safety centered footsteps.

Natalie remains personally involved with the overall safety program at the Best Western Royal Hotel, and holds every manager, supervisor and employee responsible for their own safety.

2014
Murray Waters
Ramada Saskatoon 

For more than eight years Murray Waters has been working with and supporting us to continually improve his safety centered leadership culture at the Ramada Saskatoon. In 2011, he signed the Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership Charter. With a strong focus on preventing incident reoccurrence and an effective modified work program, Murray has managed to keep injury claims and related costs very low.

He believes in the power of an empowered Occupational Health and Safety Committee and has utilized this resource very successfully by involving them in the development of procedures for the hotel.

2014
Ian Wilkinson
Saskatchewan Abilities Council 

Ian Wilkinson took the first step to work with us in 2011, agreeing to have safety evaluations conducted in some of their larger locations. With management, led by Ian,
owning the changes and human resources offering support, every location was able to positively affect attitudes toward safety. Since signing the Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership Charter in 2012, and starting to work with the Service Hospitality, the Council has managed to reduce injuries by almost 50% while continuing to grow.

Some of this improvement can be attributed to knowledge and training, but the majority comes from hard work, commitment, and Ian’s desire to incorporate safety into everything they do.

 


2013
Maggie Choboter
Fortis Properties 

Maggie Choboter was an original founding board member with Service Hospitality. She has championed the spreading of the health and safety message within her workplace, her industry, and the entire service and hospitality sectors.

Her work with Delta in Regina, as well as Fortis Properties as a whole, has set the standard for health and safety leadership.

2013
Bob Beekman
Canadian Linen & Uniform Services 

Bob Beekman exemplifies safety-centered leadership on a daily basis at Canadian Linen. The transformation he has undertaken has improved his individual firm experience rate by nearly 200 points in just less than three years. Bob has been an invited speaker at the hotel’s best practice group for health and safety and has
been instrumental in setting up a commercial laundries’ best practice group.

He remains an advocate and champion for health and safety throughout the province.

 

 

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