As part of the 12th Annual Safe Communities Canada Network Conference, Paul Kells, Safe Communities Canada President announced that Ms Barbara Goetz of Bruce County Ontario was the recipient of the 2010 Safe Communities Canada Founder’s Award, one of the highest honours an individual can receive from Safe Communities Canada.

The Safe Communities Canada Founder’s Award recognizes one individual in Canada whose contribution to the cause of injury prevention and safety promotion is worthy of particular recognition. Paul Kells, the founder of Safe Communities Canada, personally chooses the recipient of this award annually.

“Since being involved with Bruce Safe Communities from its beginning in 2006, Barb has continuously demonstrated leadership, commitment and dedication to the cause of personal injury prevention and promoting a culture of safety. This is true both in her professional life with Bruce Power and in her many volunteer activities” Kells said in announcing the award. “Along with serving as the Co-Chair of the local safe community organization for the past 5 years, Barb has also served as a Director on the Safe Communities Canada Board of Directors since 2009 and is a member of the Board’s Program Committee.”

During her time with Bruce Safe Communities, Ms Goetz has been instrumental in the introduction of countless community-based safety awareness programs and ongoing projects. She has also been a strong supporter of numerous community and charitable organizations including the Easter Seals Society, United Way, Canadian Cancer Society and time as a Girl Guide Leader and Commissioner.

A founding member of the Saugeen Valley Children’s Safety Village, Barbara’s commitment to Safety continues to inspire others. “Barb is to be congratulated on her commitment to ensuring that safety becomes an embedded part of community life and that safety is a life-skill adopted by the many that will be exposed to the village and then become advocates in the community” Dave Trumble, PWU Sector 1 / Unit 2 Chief Steward at Bruce Power said. “As a 27 year veteran of health and safety committees, I recognize commitment, and Barb lives this commitment.”

Team work and recognition of the contribution by those around her to make things happen is what makes Barb the success and inspiration that she is. “Barbara has a very positive attitude that has an uplifting effect on those around her. One of the larger events that Bruce Safe Communities hosted was the Children’s Tent at the 2008 International Plowing Match in Teeswater” Kathy Murphy Ermel, Branch Manager of the St. John Ambulance Grey Bruce Branch said. “Coordination of an event of this magnitude seemed overwhelming but Barbara’s ability to assist others, delegate and demonstrate, allowed all those involved to bring their best attributes forward, resulting in a very successful event.”

“As Team Lead of the Bruce Power Off the Job Safety Team, Barbara led the Living Snow Fence initiative in 2003. This is one example of initiatives in the community that the Team has been recognized for internationally, nationally and locally. In 2005 they were one of the top five nominees for the Platts Global Energy Award for community development and the recipient of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s 2008 Corporate Leadership in Road Safety Achievement Award, as well as a 2009 Award of Excellence from Safe Communities Canada” Kells said. “She always recognizes those around her as being the real success story, even Sam and Susie – The Safety Squad! This quality is one of the key qualities, and she has many, that makes her the inspiration and friend to many in Bruce County and beyond.”

Marilyn Rosner, President of the Saugeen Valley Children’s Safety Village sums it up best when she said “Barbara Goetz has touched the lives of children, youth and adults in our community. She has taught us all to live safer, inspired us to work together to accomplish goals and provided the leadership and commitment to promote a safer culture.”

“I am deeply honoured and completely surprised to have received this award” Ms Goetz said. “Without the excellent people I get the chance to work with on the Bruce Power Off the Job Safety Team, Bruce Safe Communities and the dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals in our community, I would not have received this distinction and I accept it on behalf of each and every one of you” she concluded.

Safe Communities Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to helping communities build the capacity and resources they will need as they commit to coordinated, thoughtful and strategic community-focused and community-driven initiatives to reduce the risk of injury and promote a culture of well-being. There are 44 active Safe Communities across Canada in 7 provinces and 1 territory representing close to 25% of the Canadian population.

For Information:
Rod Kelly, Safe Communities Canada
Phone 416-964-3959
Cell 416-201-1430
rkelly@safecommunities.ca

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