CUTA presents 2011 Individual Leadership Awards

TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) presented its Individual Leadership Awards in Toronto on Wednesday 9 November, 2011. The CUTA Individual Leadership Awards are presented to upon the recommendation of individual employees to recognize a major contribution or an outstanding achievement in the areas of Heroism, Distinguished Service, Excellence, and W.G.Ross Lifetime Achievement.

The CUTA Individual Leadership Awards recognize individual achievements in the following categories:

Excellence: Awarded to recognize a single major contribution made by an individual which has resulted in the betterment of a public transit initiative on behalf of their organizations. This could be awarded to an employee of a CUTA member, a volunteer or a community advocate.

Distinguished Service: For recognition of superior and outstanding service over a period of ten years or more as a public transit professional. Awarded to an employee of a CUTA member who has furthered the standing of the public transit profession in Canada through professional practice and/or personal relations.

Heroism: Awarded to individuals who have performed a heroic act. The act must be one in which no full measure of responsibility exists between the individual and the endangered party and must go above and beyond the call of duty.

W.G. Ross Lifetime Achievement: Named after CUTA's first president (1904-1906), the W.G. Ross Lifetime Achievement award, a prestigious public transit honour, is awarded to an individual with exceptional involvement in the promotion and practice of public transit in Canada. The Award recognizes the outstanding and consistent effort of a transit employee/advocate for a minimum of 25 years of service who, through their dedication and commitment, has lead to the advancement and betterment of the public transit industry as a whole.  The W.G. Ross Award recipients are inducted in CUTA's Hall of Fame.

This year's recipients are:

Heroism Award Winners:
Peter Paquette - OC Transpo
Scott Harris - GO Transit
Steve Buckton - Coast Mountain Bus Company
Joanne Poirier - Toronto Transit Commission

Excellence Award Winner:
Kelly Paleczny - London Transit

Distinguished Award Winners:
Angela Iannuzziello - GENIVAR
Carl Arseneault - Société de transport de Montréal

W.G.Ross Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:
Larry Ducharme - London Transit

The recipients were selected by a national committee of transit professionals. CUTA congratulates all its winners for their outstanding contribution to public transit in Canada.

A full list of recipients is available at:

CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems, suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related organizations in Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Urban Transit Association

For further information:

Media Contact: Maureen Shuell, CUTA Director of Communications, Tel.: (416) 365-9800 ext. 105

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