Awards recognizing leadership and innovation presented at Health & Safety Canada today



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 21 /CNW/ - A number of awards were handed out
today at Health & Safety Canada 2009, IAPA's annual conference and trade show.
Recipients include:

    
    IAPA-Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Leadership Award - Rob
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    Ellis
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    This year's recipient of the IAPA-CME Leadership Award is Rob Ellis of My
Safe Work, an advocacy group for young worker health and safety. Rob's story
began 10 years ago when his son David was killed in a workplace incident.
Since then, Rob has tirelessly worked to educate the public and create greater
awareness about the importance of workplace health and safety. The IAPA-CME
Leadership Award is given to individuals who demonstrate strong leadership and
communication skills, the willingness to go above and beyond to champion
change, and for having a positive impact on the community. Rob Ellis embodies
all of these qualities, which is why he was recognized with this award.

    
    JV Findlay Scholarship - Paige Elizabeth Claire Winkle and Jennifer
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    McBrearty
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    Named after IAPA's former Executive Vice President, the JV Findlay
Scholarship encourages graduating high school students and full-time Ontario
university and college students pursuing studies in occupational health and
safety to enhance their learning of issues that affect the well-being of
Ontario workers and workplaces. To qualify for the scholarship, candidates had
to submit a health and safety poster that increased awareness for young
workers while integrating the conference theme of "Imagine. Innovate.
Inspire". Candidates were also required to provide proof of their academic
standing.
    The 2009 winners of the JV Findlay Scholarship are Paige Elizabeth Claire
Winkle of Bowmanville High School and Jennifer McBrearty of the University of
Toronto. Paige's poster was about workplace harassment with a focus on verbal
abuse and how to identify warning signs. Jennifer integrated Health & Safety
Canada 2009's theme of "Imagine. Inspire. Innovate." to create her poster
about what a safe workplace looks like and what improvements can be made to
ensure the well-being of workers.

    
    President's Award - 3rd Year Recipients - Steelcase Canada Ltd, Lyndon
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    Security Services, and Casco Inc.
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    Steelcase Canada Ltd., Lyndon Security Services Inc., and Casco Inc.
received the President's Award in 2007 and were recognized today for
successfully maintaining their standing during the award's three-year term.
Each firm met the criteria outlined in the Declaration of Conformity, such as
no critical injuries and fatalities, and they also submitted an Injury
Frequency Worksheet.
    The President's Award is IAPA's highest honour. The prestigious award
celebrates member firms that have achieved health and safety excellence and
used their accomplishments to benefit their communities. To qualify for the
President's Award, firms must attain an IAPA Level III Health & Safety
Achievement Award and undergo a vigorous audit of their health and safety
management system.

    IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) is a not-for-profit,
member-driven organization operating in Ontario since 1917. Representing
approximately 50,000 member firms and more than 1.5 million Ontario workers,
IAPA is Canada's leader in workplace health, safety, and employee well-being.
IAPA is focused on providing industry-leading training, consulting,
educational products, and informational services that meet our members' needs
and the needs of those in their communities. IAPA is also recognized as a
World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health and an
International Labour Organization - CIS Collaborating Centre. IAPA is ISO 9001
certified, has been awarded the National Quality Institute's Progressive
Excellence Program Level 4 for Quality Certificate and the Canada Awards for
Excellence Gold Trophy Awards for Quality and Healthy Workplace.

    ATTENTION MEDIA: IAPA is now accepting applications for the 2010 IAPA
Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety Reporting. All
Ontario trade and consumer media - print (newspapers or magazines), radio, and
television - distributed and broadcast in Ontario are invited to submit pieces
of work focusing on workplace health and safety. Universities and colleges are
also invited to submit work in the Student Media print and radio categories.
Only work published or aired between January 1 and December, 31, 2009 will be
eligible. For award consideration, all materials must be submitted to IAPA by
Tuesday, February 9, 2010.
    For more information on IAPA's programs, products, services, and awards
programs, visit IAPA's website at www.iapa.ca .





For further information:

For further information: Lena Wan, Communications & PR Specialist, IAPA,
Tel: (905) 614-4272 ext. 2247, E-mail: lwan@iapa.ca

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