Lake Country, BC – For the second year in a row, the District of Lake Country received BC Municipal Safety Association’s Organizational Safety Excellence Award. The BC Municipal Safety Association recognizes local governments for activities that improve their experience rating, and ultimately reduce injuries, illness, disease and fatalities with the Organizational Safety Excellence Award.


“Besides building an outstanding occupational health and safety program, our Human Resources and Safety team have developed a strong culture of safety among District staff based on the care that workers display for each other each day,” said Mayor Blair Ireland.


“Receiving this Award for the second year in a row acknowledges the continuous work done towards Lake Country’s goal of developing a safe work environment that promotes a zero-injury safety culture and sustainable wellbeing for all employees, contractors and visitors at District workplaces,” said Chief Administrative Officer Tanya Garost. “Our workers are our friends and extended families; and I am personally committed to their health and safety at work.”


In order to be awarded the Organizational Safety Excellence Award, a municipality must demonstrate an outstanding safety record compared to peer organizations as well as year-over-year continuous improvement.


“It is an honour to be awarded The BCMSA Award for Organizational Safety Excellence Award for the second year in a row. This award provides recognition for the dedication, and diligent collective efforts of all employees at the District of Lake Country. As a result of their hard work and commitment, the benefits of reduced injuries and illnesses, and safer and happier work environments can be enjoyed by all that work here. This also equates to significantly lower premiums paid to WorkSafe BC, which over the last two years has saved DLC taxpayers over $160,000 (as compared to the base rate set by WorkSafe BC for those in our industry/classification group). It goes to show that Safety is not just the right thing to do, but no matter how you look at it, it pays off in spades.” said Sarah Goodwin, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist.


“The District of Lake Country has demonstrated a notable example of leadership, dedication and hard work in reducing the costs of claims by creating a safer and healthier workplace,” wrote Mike Roberts, BCMSA Executive Director. “Your organization should take immense pride in the receipt of this recognition.”


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For more information contact:

Tanya Garost, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Lake Country

Tel 250-766-5650 or  


Caroline Barnhart, Manager, Human Resources and Safety, District of Lake Country


Sarah Goodwin, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, District of Lake Country