Mississauga, ON – September 20, 2017 — The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) is pleased to announce Brenda Marsh, CRSP, Environment and Climate Change Canada, as Volunteer of the Year for 2017.
Brenda has been a CRSP since 1999 and is a strong advocate of professionals sharing expertise with colleagues to bring out the best in everyone for themselves, their employers and workers. She is a passionate believer that this specialty certification sets a benchmark for public confidence and reaches a nationally recognized standard of excellence that leads to a change in organizational behaviour.
Beginning as a Registered Nurse from Sydney City Hospital, working in critical care for several years, Brenda went on to obtain diplomas in Occupational Health Nursing from St. Lawrence College and Adult Education from St. F.X. University and a Certificate in Business Communication at SMU. She is a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (Canada).
For the past 25 years she has worked as a Director of Occupational Health Services at the Queen Elizabeth Health II Sciences Centre, and Health and Occupational Health Specialist at the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works both in in Halifax, NS. Combined with her current work in the Public Service as a Senior Occupational Health and Safety Advisor, she has worked with health care, lab and highway workers, science and field technicians, employees who work on bridges, cliffs and towers, those who work in, over and under water, in the air and in the enforcement field. Her jurisdictions have covered local, regional and national levels of counsel, working in many multidisciplinary teams with federal and provincial legislation.
She started volunteering with BCRSP in 2004 as an item writer and in 2011 joined the Examination Committee where she served as the Co-chair and then Chair. She was a participant on the CRSP Competency Review Task Force and is currently a member of the Item Bank Maintenance Committee and the Steering Committee for the CRSP Technician Certification.
Brenda continues to volunteer her time as a Board member with the Occupational Health Nurses Association of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association, Sun Safety Nova Scotia and Sun Safety at Work Canada. She is a member of the Canadian Society Safety Engineering, Nova Scotia Chapter and has previously served on the Canadian Nurses Association Certified Occupational Health Nurses (Canada) Exam Committee.
Upon receiving the award, Marsh said “It is a privilege to be recognized by the BCRSP. It never feels like work when I partner with such impressive professionals, not only to share knowledge and laughter but also to help each other to prosper in our occupations and future goals. CRSPs make a difference in the lives of thousands of Canadians and workers worldwide. What a great way for OHS professionals to contribute to Canada 150! I encourage you all to volunteer a little of your time to advance yourself and others.”
The Board’s Volunteer of the Year program was initiated in 2001 in conjunction with its 25th anniversary and the United Nation’s “Year of the Volunteer”. To be eligible, candidates must be a CRSP® in good standing, must have served in one or more volunteer capacities with the BCRSP other than the Governing Board, must have been a volunteer for a minimum of five years.
About the BCRSP
The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) is a federally incorporated self-regulating, self-governing, ISO 17024 accredited and ISO 9001 certified organization established in 1976. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals sets certification standards for occupational health and safety professionals. The BCRSP grants the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® credential to individuals who successfully complete the certification process through application assessment, interview, and examination. The Board governs its certificants in order that the public interest may be served and protected. For more information on the BCRSP visit the website at www.bcrsp.ca.
Nicola Wright, CAE
Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)