Daniel Beaudry awarded 2013 Roger Cyr Award for outstanding contribution to rail safety

Daniel BeaudryOTTAWA, May 1, 2014 – As part of its 12th annual Public-Rail Safety Week (PRSW), Operation Lifesaver (OL), Canada’s national public rail safety program, today announced Daniel Beaudry of Montréal is the recipient of the Roger Cyr award for his railway safety efforts that have helped diminish crossing and trespassing incidents in the Greater Montreal Area. This year’s PRSW theme is See Tracks? Think Train! and Mr. Beaudry has promoted the public’s awareness of rail safety through his work as an active member of Operation Lifesaver  since 2007 and as Chair of the Québec OL Provincial Committee since 2011. “Daniel’s commitment to the program and its mission is what makes him a natural choice for recipient of the Roger Cyr award,” said Mike Regimbal, national director of Operation Lifesaver. “Daniel is dedicated to prevention and treats each Operation Lifesaver event as an opportunity to promote the OL message and educate people about the dangers surrounding railways.” Beaudry has promoted the importance of prevention to his colleagues and superiors since his days as a police officer with the Sûreté du Québec. Now, as a prevention coordinator with AMT’s Operations Team for Risk Assessment/Development, he’s gone beyond his everyday responsibilities to spread the word. While at AMT, Beaudry has created prevention projects linked to OL’s goals. For youth audiences, he has toured schools in close proximity to an AMT commuter train, as well as developed a car safety awareness campaign consisting of an educational video, training session and in-class discussion geared at high school students. He’s also led the training of more than 60 new AMT public transport inspectors for on-board train safety. “Daniel Beaudry offers a lot of his time, even during weekends, and is always available to take part in an event,” says Robert Rivest, director of risk management/development for AMT. “He truly believes in the cause and gets involved with all of his heart.” About the Roger Cyr award Named after the founder of Operation Lifesaver in Canada, the Roger Cyr Award for Public-Rail Safety began in 1981 and is a joint initiative of Operation Lifesaver, the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada. The award is open to all active Operation Lifesaver partners and volunteers who undertook efforts to improve railway safety and encouraged others to follow suit throughout 2013. 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. Operation Lifesaver spreads its motto of “Look, Listen and Live” through its many year-long initiatives that complement PRSW, including interactive kids websites, online new and professional driver education modules, and social media outreach on Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, OL’s network of volunteers conducts more than 500 rail safety presentations and activities across Canada each year. www.operationlifesaver.ca Facebook: www.facebook.com/operationlifesaver Twitter: @oplifesaver For more information, please contact: Alex Paterson Railway Association of Canada 613-564-8111 alexp@railcan.ca Mike Regimbal National Director Operation Lifesaver 613-564-8100 miker@railcan.ca