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® or CRST® 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.
Current Governing Board members are not eligible for the award, selection of the recipient(s) is made by the Governing Board with input from the Executive Director. The first award was presented at the Board’s 25th Anniversary celebration in Banff, AB, October 19-21, 2001.
Recipients since 2001
2023 - Henry M. Skjerven, CRSP
Served as the Chair, Certification Development Advisory Task Force
2022 - Bruce Jackson, CRSP
Served as the Chair, Regional Screening for BC Lower Mainland
2022 - Dave Koopman, CRSP (NP)
Served as the Chair, Regional Screening for Alberta-Edmonton
2021 - A. Kim Gordon, CRSP (NP), Retired, Victoria BC
Served on the Qualifications Review Committee from 2009-2021.
2020 - Jennifer MacFarlane, CRSP, Consultant, WSPS, Kitchener, ON
Served on CRSP Examination Committee, Item Writing, and as a Regional Screening Centre Chair. Currently serving on the Item Bank Maintenance Committee.
2019 - Graham Nelson, CRSP, OHS Specialist, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
Served on the CRSP Examination Committee since 2011, Item Bank Maintenance Committee, and currently serving as Chair of the CRST Examination Committee
2018 - Tom Welton, CRSP Director, General Prevention Services, Workplace Safety North, North Bay, ON
Served on the Regional Screening Centre (2006) and as Regional Communications Liaison since 2011, currently serving as Chair of Communications Committee.
2017- Brenda Marsh, CRSP Environment and Climate Change Canada, Dartmouth, NS
Served on the Exam Committee since 2011.
2016- John Sammut, CRSP
Infrastructure Health & Safety Association, Mississauga, ON
Served on the Qualificiations Review Committee since 2002.
2015 - Scott Desautels, CRSP
Strike Energy, Calgary, AB
Served as Chair of the Alberta South Regional Screening Committee since 2007.
2014 - Carmen Mager, CRSP
Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
Served as Chair of the Item Writing Committee since 2003
2013 - Brooks Patterson, CRSP
Pacific Group of Companies, Burnaby, BC
Served as Co-Chair of the BC Lower Mainland Regional Screening Committee since 2003
2012 - Steven Laffrade, CRSP
Health and Safety Consultant, Infrastructure Health and Safety Association
Served on the Qualifications Review Committee since 2002.
2011 - Marc Barré, ROH, CRSP/PSAC
Inspector, Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST), Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Québec
Served on the Certification and Examination Committee since 2005.
2010 - T.J. (Terry) Ryan, CRSP
President, Ryan Consulting Services, Burlington, ON
Served on the Qualifications Review Committee since 1999.
2009 – A.F. (Fred) Carlson, CRSP
Corporate Safety Officer, City of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
Served as the Chair of the Manitoba Regional Screening Centre since 2001.
2008 – Mary Jane Vaughan, CRSP
Regional Chief Occupational Safety Office, Atlantic Region, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Served as the Chair of the Nova Scotia Regional Screening Centre since 1997.
2007 – Gregory B. McInnes, CRSP
L-3 Communications, Spar Aerospace Ltd, Edmonton, AB
Served as the Chair of the Alberta North (Edmonton) Regional Screening Centre since 2001.
2006 – Delbert Getson, CRSP and Fred Hoyt, CRSP
Delbert Getson, CRSP, Del Getson & Associates, Hampton, NB
Served as the Chair of the New Brunswick (Saint John) Regional Screening Centre since 1997.
Fred Hoyt, CRSP, Workplace Health Safety & Compensation Commission, Moncton, NB
Served as the Chair of the New Brunswick (Moncton) Regional Screening Centre since 1997.
2005 – Ebrahim Noroozi, CRSP
McGill University, Ste Anne de Bellevue, QC
Served Regional Coordinator for Québec since 1995 and Chair of the Québec Regional Screening Centre since 1996.
2004 – Stephen S. Wallace, CRSP
Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK
Served as the Chair of the Saskatchewan (Regina) Regional Screening Centre since 1994.
2003 – Christopher Borzecki, CRSP
Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Ottawa, ON
Served as the Chair of the Ontario East (Ottawa) Regional Screening Centre since 1994.
2002 – Paul Halleran, CRSP
College of the North Atlantic, St. John’s, NL
Served as the Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Screening Centre since 1993.
2001 – Garry Fink, CRSP
ATCO Gas Ltd, Edmonton, AB
Served on the Alberta North Regional Screening Centre since 1991 and was that Centre’s Chair since 1993. Served as a member of the Examination Committee beginning in 2000 that developed the Examination Blueprint and the first multiple-choice examination