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.
Operation Lifesaver Canada is pleased to announce that CN Police Constable André LeBreux is the recipient of its 2019 Roger Cyr Award.
“André started volunteering with Operation Lifesaver as a teenager almost 20 years ago, and has remained dedicated
to saving lives by spreading the rail-safety message,” said Sarah Mayes, OL Canada’s National Director. “André works tirelessly to educate Canadians about the hazards around tracks and trains. We have no doubt that his dedication has prevented countless deaths and injuries over the years. He’s a true Rail Safety Ambassador, and is very deserving of the Roger Cyr Award.”
Constable LeBreux started as a community safety officer with CN Police’s Champlain Division in 2013. Over the past eight years, he’s taken part in more than 400 rail safety presentations in both elementary and high schools. In 2019 alone, he participated in more than 100 OL presentations and community events in Quebec—helping to spread OL’s rail safety message to Quebecers of all ages.
“To say that André is passionate about everything to do with rail safety is an understatement. His face lights up when he has the opportunity to talk to Quebecers of all ages about the dangers associated with the rail right-of-way, and to teach them how to stay safe,” said Stephen Covey, CN’s Chief of Police and Chief Security Officer. “André’s passion, creativity, communication skills, and his genuine devotion to keeping everyone safe makes him extremely worthy of this award. CN is so proud of André and all that he does for rail safety. We feel extremely lucky to have him on our team.”
André’s list of contributions in promoting rail safety is a long one. For example, in 2017, he helped to establish an effective partnership with the Fédération Québécoise des Clubs Quads which led to the integration of a rail-safety course in its training program. In 2019, he also spearheaded a new partnership with Tecnic, the largest driving school in Quebec, to promote rail safety. As a result, more than 40,000 rail-safety brochures are now being distributed to new drivers each year.
Operation Lifesaver wishes to extend its congratulations and thanks to Constable LeBreux for his outstanding efforts in promoting rail safety in Canada. OL looks forward to awarding him the Roger Cyr Award at a virtual ceremony at its Annual General Meeting in October.