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Community Hero Award 2016

Iridia has always been invested in empowering people to save lives by providing the public with the right tools, education, and resources. But let’s face it. We can’t do it alone. Our communities rely on everyday heroes whose dedication to safety may never reach the spotlight, but who donate their time and resources anyway to make their communities a safer place.

This year, in celebration of Iridia Day (July 7th), we are looking to celebrate the achievements of those who have demonstrated excellence towards public health and safety in their community and provide them with a way to give back more. We have been collecting nominations over the last week and, today, we are proud to present to you the top 3 finalists. Read their stories and vote for who you believe should win the award.

  1. Amanda Ockeloen and Bawn Campbell of the Rotary Club of Bowen Island
    The Rotary Club of Bowen Island has started an extensive Community Public Access to Defibrillation Program. This would not have been possible without the two AED Champions who drove this project forward: Bawn Campbell and Amanda Ockeloen. Their dedication to increasing the survival rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest provided the energy and drive for the Club’s tireless work over the last few years in expanding Bowen Island’s AED program to 8 units. Together with the community, they worked on placing the AEDs, protecting them from the elements with their signature AED Bird Houses, as well as training the community in both CPR and AED use.
     
  2. Whole Way House
    Whole Way House is a Vancouver-based charitable society that serves approximately 85 low-income tenants in the Downtown Eastside. Working with residents transitioning out of homelessness, most of whom struggle with mental illness and/or addiction, can create a high risk environment. As a result, they have worked hard to bring in available safety training to empower and educate their volunteers and residents for emergency situations. Their recent efforts have already enabled peace of mind in one incident where a volunteer helped a resident suffering from a seizure. Whole Way House’s work in furthering the belief that everyone should feel safe in their own home is taking strides in bringing about a culture of health and safety to their Downtown Eastside residents.
     
  3. YVR – Vancouver International Airport
    Vancouver Airport Authority promotes health and safety to employees and travellers alike. They have placed AEDs in accessible and convenient locations across the airport, they actively raise awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and they provide opportunities for their employees and travellers to learn more about CPR skills. Their AED program has already seen benefits, with multiple lives saved over the last year. And that’s just one of their initiatives. Their heart for health and safety can also be seen in their President’s Award for Safety Excellence program, where employees are encouraged to create innovative safety solutions.
     

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Thanks for everyone who voted! Voting is now closed – stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on Thursday, July 7th!

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United Nations Award for District of North Vancouver

United Nations AwardFor 2011, the District of North Vancouver received the prestigious United Nations’ Award for disaster risk reduction in its community.

United Nations Award

Mayor Richard Walton attended the ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, to accept the award on behalf of the District of North Vancouver – the first Canadian community ever to receive it.

“This international recognition is testament to the ongoing work being done by not only the professional staff who serve the citizens of North Vancouver District, but also the leaders and many volunteers of the North Shore Emergency Management Office, and all of the agencies dedicated to the public safety needs of their community,” said Walton after the ceremony according to the North Shore Outlook.

In 2005, North Vancouver experienced a landslide which led to the tragic death of a resident and the destruction of two homes. As a result, the district has lead and incorporated risk reduction criteria in its official community plan and permit process, including warning systems for landslides and debris flows.

The Iridia team congratulates the District of North Vancouver for receiving this United Nations Award and for building the resilience of its community to disasters. We are honoured to have worked with the district on some of its planning initiatives, and applaud community partners for having realized this outstanding achievement.