BC Forest Safety Council Recognizes Two Safety Leaders

Date: 
November 3, 2008

NANAIMO – The BC Forest Safety Council has recognized two of its associates for their outstanding commitment and dedication to advancing safety in BC’s forests. Council Safety Advocate John Gooding has been awarded the Safety Leader of the Year Award and trainer Steve Telosky is the recipient of the Cary White Memorial Award for Commitment to Safety Excellence. This is the inaugural year for the awards and both were given out on Friday at the Council’s Appreciation Day for their professional associates.

The Council’s Safety Leader of the Year Award is given to an individual or group in recognition for advancing forest safety in BC through delivering or developing new standards, training, systems, tools or other methods for improving safety practices. Gooding was selected from more than 50 Council trainers, auditors, advocates and other associates who work with the Council to deliver safety training, information and mentoring on the ground to workers and companies.

“Leadership is not an easy quality to define or measure, but it is critical in reinforcing the habits and practices of safe workmanship,” says Tanner Elton, BC Forest Safety Council CEO. “John Gooding is a well-rounded safety professional. He’s an advocate, auditor, trainer, advisor, mentor, coach, colleague and valued contributor. We’re proud to recognize his efforts to make the industry a safer place for everyone.”

The Cary White Memorial Award for Commitment to Safety Excellence is given to an individual or company who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to improving awareness, expanding safety knowledge and developing safety skills on the ground in the forest sector. Above all else, this individual helps to build a lasting culture of safety for every worker in the industry.

Cary White award winner, Steve Telosky has been involved with the Council from the very beginning. “He has personally trained more than 100 new fallers throughout BC and has played an integral part in developing and maintaining the faller training standards we work with. It’s an honour to recognize Steve for leadership and dedication to creating safe work environments in our province’s forests.”

The Cary White award was created in honour of one of the Council’s first Forest Safety Advocates who passed away earlier this year. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, White was an individual often described as someone who had forestry and the safety of workers in his blood.

Telosky and Gooding were recognized at the Council’s Appreciation Day for professional associates that consisted of workshops and collaboration opportunities for associates of the Council.

The BC Forest Safety Council is a not-for-profit society dedicated to promoting forest health and safety. The Council was founded and is supported by all major forestry organizations in B.C. and works with forestry employers, workers, contractors and the provincial government and agencies to implement changes necessary to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in the forest sector.

                                

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BC Forest Safety Council CEO, Tanner Elton (right) presents the inaugural Safety Leader Award for 2009 to Council safety advocate John Gooding.


Bill Bolton (right) presents the inaugural Cary White Memorial Award for Commitment to Safety Excellence for 2009 to Council trainer Steve Telosky.

 

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