FSWO announces 2016 winner of the Diversity and Inclusion Award, Deputy Chief Deryn Rizzi

A leader, academic and chief, Deryn Rizzi has advocated for research on women in gendered professions such as the fire service.

Chief Rizzi has been a big supporter of Fire Service Women Ontario and has presented at the FSWO Conference for several years. Chief Rizzi approached the FSWO board of directors in 2016 and asked if she could assist with applying for a federal Status of Women grant to help FSWO move forward and she would be willing to do the research portion of the grant. Chief Rizzi is working towards her PhD at York University’s Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies department on women in gendered professions. Currently on the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs board of directors and acting as the current Aide-de-Camp for the Ontario Lieutenant Governor General, Chief Rizzi is in a position of leadership and shows women who are considering moving up the promotional ranks within the fire service that anything is possible if you work hard enough.