FSWO is pleased to present the Diversity and Inclusion Award to Ret. Chief Dave Shelton from the Montreal Fire Department. This year’s recipient has been nominated by Toronto
Fire Services firefighter Patricia Youn in order to recognize his dedication throughout his career to promote diversity and inclusivity in the fire service not only for the City of Montreal, but for other cities as well.
FSWO is pleased to present the Diversity and Inclusion Award to Lieutenant Matt Osborne from the Calgary Fire Department. This year’s recipient has been nominated by colleague and previous FSWO award winner Mary Fischer who describes Lieutenant Osborne as an individual who proactively demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusivity that serves as an exemplary example for other fire services to follow.
FSWO is pleased to grant this award to one of its long-time members and supporters who has worked hard to invite many women into the fire service and connect those women already in the service, Firefighter Mary Hindle. Her outstanding effort, exemplary action and extraordinary commitment has helped to encourage, educate and empower both women men and women to be the best that they can be in the fire service.
This year’s winner Joanne Blanchette is unique in that nominations came from both her own fire department and many others based on the positive impact she has had on the lives and professional careers of so many firefighters.
This year’s deserving recipient of the Pink Helmet of Courage Award is being given to a recipient whose courage, openness and strength has been an inspiration to many others in her battle this past year with cancer at the same time as dealing with COVID. FSWO is proud to recognize Lieutenant Jenn Dawkins who has been with Vancouver’s Fire Service since 1999.
This year’s worthy award recognizes the work and accomplishments of Captain Thomas Geoffrey Keaney who has 17 years of service with the Burlington Fire Department making a difference in the delivery of services and the wellbeing of others.