Operation Lifesaver Seeking Nominations for Roger Cyr Award for Public Safety



    OTTAWA, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Operation Lifesaver is now seeking nominations
for the 2009 Roger Cyr Award for Public-Rail Safety. The award, named after
the late founding national director of Operation Lifesaver in Canada,
recognizes excellence, dedication and initiative in the field of public-rail
safety across Canada.
    "There are so many people and initiatives involved with Operation
Lifesaver and the railway industry that deserve recognition for their role in
improving rail safety," said Dan Di Tota, national director of Operation
Lifesaver in Canada. "Public-rail safety is of the utmost importance, and this
award highlights the extra efforts that people have taken to achieve those
ends."
    The award is specific to activities during the 2008 calendar year, and is
open to all active Operation Lifesaver partners and volunteers who have
undertaken efforts to improve railway safety and encourage others to do the
same.
    "It is only fitting that this award is named after Roger Cyr," Di Tota
added. "Roger was instrumental in introducing Operation Lifesaver in Canada 26
years ago, and it changed the face of railway safety in this country. The
award is our salutation to his memory; we will continue to encourage and
recognize people and programs that have taken the extra step towards reducing
crossing collisions and trespassing incidents in Canada."
    Nominations for the award will be accepted until March 31, 2009, and
nominees must be certified Operation Lifesaver presenters, associates and/or
volunteers. The selection panel for the award consists of members of the
Operation Lifesaver Program Review Committee.
    The winner of the award will be announced during the 2009 Rail Safety
Week, a national and annual effort to promote safe decisions around
highway-railway crossings and operations commencing April 27, 2009. The award
will be presented at the 2009 Operation Lifesaver Annual Conference in
September.
    Nominations can be made by mail, or electronically, by emailing the
nomination form to Linda Purdy at lindap@railcan.ca.

    Since its inception in Canada in 1981, Operation Lifesaver has helped
reduce highway/railway crossing accidents by 75 per cent, and has seen
significant declines in trespassing incidents. It is co-sponsored by Transport
Canada and the Railway Association of Canada, and run in cooperation with
other national and provincial safety organizations, police and public service
groups.




For further information:

For further information: Dan Di Tota, National Director, Operation
Lifesaver, (613) 564-8094, dand@railcan.ca; Roger Cameron, Director, Public
Affairs - Railway Association of Canada, (613) 564-8097, RogerC@railcan.ca

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