ROGER CYR AWARD

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 (OL) Canada to promote rail safety through community-based outreach. The Roger Cyr Award for Rail Safety is our chance to highlight the important work of these partners.

Named after the founder of OL Canada, the Roger Cyr Award for Rail Safety was first awarded in 1981. It recognizes Rail Safety Ambassadors who go above and beyond in promoting rail safety in Canada, and who inspire others to do the same.
The award is not only a chance to recognize the outstanding achievements of Operation Lifesaver's 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's partners and other stakeholders.

2020 ROGER CYR AWARD RECIPIENT, LLOYD HOBBS

OL Canada is pleased to announce that former educator, Lloyd Hobbs, is the recipient of its prestigious 2020 Roger Cyr Award.
 
Hobbs spent more than two decades as a teacher and school administrator in Newfoundland and Labrador before becoming a volunteer with Operation Lifesaver. His background as an educator made him an ideal rail safety spokesperson in the province’s schools.

“When it comes to education, the earlier that you can get the message to kids, the more natural or normal the topic becomes. And it’s never too young to start teaching safety,” says Hobbs. “I've enjoyed being able to get back into schools and to share the rail safety message with children―to see their faces when some of them are winners of a contest or have their presentations on display. And I've enjoyed the opportunity to talk to community leaders and political leaders about safety.”
 
Although Hobbs spent much of his working life involved in education, he ended his career at the Newfoundland and Labrador Safety Council where he first got involved with Operation Lifesaver.
 
"Lloyd’s background and his desire to educate Canadians to prevent needless rail crossing and trespassing tragedies makes him very deserving of this award," says Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada. "He understands that unsafe behaviour can have devastating consequences for individuals, families and communities, and he’s worked hard to ensure that Canadians—especially young people—know how to stay safe around tracks and trains.”
 
Operation Lifesaver Canada wishes to extend its congratulations and thanks to Hobbs for his outstanding efforts in promoting rail safety in Canada. OL looks forward to awarding him the Roger Cyr Award in a virtual ceremony at its AGM in October.