The District of Lake Country has been awarded the 2023 Organizational Safety Excellence Award for the third year in a row. The BC Municipal Safety Association (BCMSA) recognizes local governments for activities that improve their experience rating and ultimately reduce injuries, illness, disease and fatalities with this award. The award was presented to Sarah Goodwin, Occupational Health & Safety Specialist, at the BCMSA/PWABC Joint conference, who accepted the award on behalf of the District.

“We take immense pride in receiving this recognition for the third year in a row.” says Goodwin. “It is an opportunity to celebrate all the excellent work done by everyone at the District of Lake Country to ensure our workers continued health and safety. It takes a lot of trust, commitment, and time to develop a strong safety culture, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to learn, grow and improve year after year.”

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.

“Our staff work hard to create and maintain a safe workspace which benefits not only the team but also their families and ultimately the citizens of our community.” states Leslie Groulx, Interim Chief Administrative Officer. “I would like to pay special recognition to Sarah Goodwin for her work and diligence in ensuring we all go home safe at the end of the day!”

“We are extremely proud of our strong safety culture at the District of Lake Country, and it is fantastic to be recognized again with this award. Even with our strong safety record, we continually strive to improve.” Says Trevor James, District of Lake Country CFO. “Receiving this award for the third year in a row reinforces that this commitment continues to grow. We wish to thank our team immensely for the work they do to make this happen.”

“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 and helping injured workers recover and return to work.” Says Mike Roberts, CEO BCMSA.

For more information contact:

Leslie Groulx, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, District of Lake Country

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

Sarah Goodwin, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, District of Lake Country
Photo (left to right): Sarah Goodwin, Mayor Blair Ireland, Caroline Barnhart, Trevor James