Winner - Cape Breton: Sabrina Vatcher, New Dawn Homecare
Sabrina began her role as General Manager of the Healthcare Division at New Dawn Homecare in December of 2010, shortly after the organization was issued five orders by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education’s Occupational Health and Safety Division. New Dawn Homecare describes this as a wake-up call, and a pivotal turning point for the organization.
Sabrina’s first priority was addressing the five orders – pulling together a team of workplace safety consultants that included representatives from WCB Nova Scotia and Labour and Advanced Education. Their advice and expertise was invaluable, and within 90 days of Sabrina starting with New Dawn, she led her JOHS Committee in meeting all the orders and developing a new Occupational Health and Safety plan with direct input from employees across the organization.
Sabrina’s leadership and determination in workplace safety has not only made a difference in the lives of employees and clients of New Dawn Homecare – but have reached far beyond.
In the years since her start at New Dawn Homecare, Sabrina has become a spokesperson for workplace health and safety, sharing her experience and advice with a number of other organizations and at various events and symposiums.
Winner - Central/North Shore: Barry Bowman, Oxford Frozen Foods
The team at Oxford Frozen Foods describe Barry Bowman as an exceptional leader with a gift for being able to communicate with his peers, and relay health and safety information in an engaging way.
Barry’s leadership is evident in a number of examples – whether it be designing and delivering an entire forklift training program, complete with written exams, or offering fall protection workshops on a regular basis. He is also responsible for developing a video series on farm safety, which he shot and edited himself.
Barry shines as a safety professional in his ability to bridge gaps and get employees excited and engaged in their workplace safety. Barry’s ability to reach people is the chief reason employees now view him as the safety person to go to when they have questions or concerns.
Winner - Halifax: Joe LeBlanc, Commissionaires of Nova Scotia
Joe LeBlanc is the Safety and ISO Manager for Commissionaires Nova Scotia. Since joining the organization in 2014, Joe has built-on and improved the safety culture across 200 worksites with over 1700 employees.
Joe’s immediate concern is safety in the workplace and the prevention of incidents. If an injury occurs, Joe reaches out to the employee to make sure they remain connected with their workplace.
The return to work program, as managed by Joe, keeps employees engaged and on-track to make a healthy return to their job while also significantly reducing lost-time hours and workers’ compensation premiums. In 2014, under Joe’s leadership, Commissionaires Nova Scotia saw a 594 day reduction in lost time days.