Operation Lifesaver Calls for Nominations for the 2012 Roger Cyr Public-Rail Safety Award

OTTAWA, Jan. 31, 2012 – Operation Lifesaver is seeking nominations for the Roger Cyr Award presented to recognize a rail safety hero whose tireless efforts to improve safety at highway/ railway crossings and helped reduce trespassing incidents in Canada in 2011. Deadline for nominations is March 31.

Dan Di Tota, national director of Operation Lifesaver, said the winner will be announced during Rail Safety Week from April 30 to May 6.

The Roger Cyr Award for Public-Rail Safety, named after the founder of OL in Canada, recognizes presenters, supporters and volunteers for their work, encourages others to implement new initiatives and is specific to outstanding achievement last year. Best practices collected during the award process are shared broadly with Operation Lifesaver, Transport Canada and Railway Association of Canada stakeholders and partners.

Last year’s Roger Cyr Award was presented to Quebec-Gatineau Railway’s Miguel Lewerenz, in recognition for his extensive community outreach activities, presentations, and meetings with public officials in the Trois-Rivières, Québec, region. Lewerenz was selected from among the dedicated advocates of rail safety by the members of the Operation Lifesaver Program Review Committee.

About Operation Lifesaver

Established in Canada in 1981, Operation Lifesaver is a national public-rail safety program sponsored by Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada. Through partnerships with provincial safety councils, police, railways, the trucking industry and community groups, Operation Lifesaver is dedicated to saving lives by educating Canadians about the hazards surrounding highway/railway crossings and trespassing on railway property.

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Dan Di Tota
Operation Lifesaver

Barbara Avon
Operation Lifesaver