NEWMARKET -- The achievements of the people who are the backbone of York Region’s emergency communications system are being honoured tonight in at the Tri-Services Emergency Communicators Appreciation Awards Ceremony.
The awards are given annually to police, fire and ambulance telecommunicators for outstanding dedication, professionalism and achievement. Communicators from York Regional Police, Georgian Centralized Ambulance Communications Centre (C.A.C.C.), Markham Fire and Emergency Services and Richmond Hill Fire Services will be recognized by their peers, supervisors, and local dignitaries at the ceremony at the Regional Administration Centre in Newmarket.
Established in 1996 as a way to recognize public safety communicators, the awards ceremony is part of Tri-Services Emergency Communicators Appreciation Week (April 10–16). This year the Week includes an interactive educational display at Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill on April 16, where the public has the opportunity to meet the “voices” behind 9-1-1 and learn more about the 9-1-1 emergency response system in York Region.
A panel of independent emergency service personnel from the police, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) determines awards for outstanding performance.
The 2004 Tri-Services Emergency Communicators Award recipients are:
Call Taker of the Year
Tara Fox, Georgian C.A.C.C. (Ambulance)
Sherry Warren, York Regional Police Services
Dispatcher of the Year
Noel Mortimer, Georgian C.A.C.C.
Chris Lawton, Markham Fire and Emergency Services
Cheryl Percival, York Regional Police Services
Supervisor of the Year
Mike Gottlieb, Markham Fire and Emergency Services
Josie Badowich, York Regional Police Services
Outstanding Performance of a Team
Ambulance: (Georgian C.A.C.C.)
Michael O’Grady Roberta Sheresky
Noel Mortimer Sheila Kingshott
Jeffrey Lacroix Nick Kiss
Peggy McKinnon Manon Duchesne-Ethier
Fire: (Vaughan Fire and Emergency Services)
Jennifer Marshall Dana Northover
Scott Robinson Mary Carr
Lesli Quinn Michelle Lowson
Lynne Clare Joann Lightfoot
Kymm Dracup Jacqueline Baak
Julie Lamontagne Doug Bonathan
Shelayne Sturgeon Lisa Campanile
Deb Dorken Leslie White
Contact: Joan Prentice, Emergency Management Branch, York Region
(905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, Ext. 1230
Kathleen Griffith, Communications Manager, York Regional Police
(905) 895-1221, Ext. 7919