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2016 Mainstay Award Winners Announced
Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has won the Mainstay Safety Award of Excellence, the province’s highest workplace safety honour.

The award was presented to Paul LaFleche, Deputy Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal,  by the Hon. Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education and Stuart MacLean, CEO of the WCB of Nova Scotia on May 16 at the Canadian Museum of Immigration.

Originally launched in 2008, the Mainstay Awards Program is sponsored by the WCB and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education. The Mainstays honour companies and individuals who are leaders in demonstrating a strong commitment and significant contribution to building a culture of workplace safety in Nova Scotia.

The Safety Award of Excellence for an Organization was one of eleven awards presented in eight categories as part of the gala luncheon. The other categories included Health and Safety Educator, Small and Medium Business, Employer Safety Champion, Individual Safety Champion, Employer Return to Work Champion, Safety Transformation, and Safety Award of Excellence for an Individual.

Leadership is a priority focus area which was identified in Nova Scotia’s Workplace Safety Strategy. Since launching the Strategy in 2013, a leadership conference on workplace safety called Leadership Matters has been held each year, and in the last seven months, more than 100 executives have committed to sign Nova Scotia’s first Health and Safety Leadership Charter.

Other recipients of 2016 Mainstay Awards were:

Health and Safety Educator: Jessica King, Delta Barrington Hotel
Special Award for Small Business: Journeyman Film Company
Employer Safety Champion: New Dawn Homecare
Employer Safety Champion: EllisDon Corporation
Individual Safety Champion: Sabrina Vatcher, New Dawn Homecare
Individual Safety Champion: Barry Bowman, Oxford Frozen Foods Limited
Individual Safety Champion: Joe LeBlanc, Commissionaires of Nova Scotia 
Employer Return to Work Champion: Nova Scotia Power 
Safety Transformation Award: Oxford Frozen Foods Limited
Safety Award of Excellence (Individual): Paul Midgley, Lindsay Construction
Safety Award of Excellence (Organization): Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

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