Educating Canadians about the hazards surrounding railway property and trains is a team effort. It takes the rail industry, governments, law enforcement, labour groups, the media,  and communities from coast to coast working together to prevent incidents and save lives. Hundreds of people across the country work with Operation Lifesaver to promote rail safety through community-based problem solving. The Roger Cyr Award for Rail Safety is our chance to highlight the important work of these partners.

Named after the founder of Operation Lifesaver Canada, the Roger Cyr Award for Rail Safety was first awarded in 1981. It recognizes the rail safety ambassadors who contribute to promoting rail safety in Canada, and also aims to encourage others to do the same.
The award is not only a chance to recognize the outstanding achievements of the Operation Lifesaver partners and rail safety ambassadors who make a difference—it also offers us a chance to learn from each other. 
Best practices collected during the award process are shared broadly with Operation Lifesaver, Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada’s stakeholders and partners.

2016 Roger Cyr Award recipient, Peter Mohyla:

For almost 30 years, Peter Mohyla has been working as a Metrolinx transit safety officer—and for 28 of those years, he’s been part of Operation Lifesaver. During that time, he has used his field experience and passion to promote safety along Metrolinx’s railway corridors in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. He coordinates school presentations and community events, works with law enforcement and other public safety agencies, and finds innovative ways to educate the public, including through his social media posts and a video series entitled Anytime is Train Time, which aired on TVOKids (Ontario’s public television network). He also serves as chair of Operation Lifesaver’s Ontario Provincial Committee, helping to coordinate rail safety outreach efforts across the province.