FSWO is pleased to grant this award to a hard-working and legendary member of the Six Nations Fire Department, Assistant Chief Crystal Farmer. Her commitment to her fire family and her community is evident in how she encourages, educates and empowers women and men in her role as Assistant Chief.
Louise Hine-Schmidt has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Ottawa Fire Services. Louise formerly held the position of Division Chief of Safety and was one of the first of three female firefighters hired in the City of Ottawa in 1999. She also served as the first President of FSWO from 2009-2011 and then again from 2015-2019.
With the support of Starfield Lion, this year’s Pink Helmet of Courage Award goes to someone whose openness and strength has been an inspiration. FSWO is proud to recognize Firefighter Josie Downes who has been with Calgary Fire Department since 2017.
FSWO is pleased to present the President’s Trailblazer Award to Ottawa Fire Services Captain Tracey Shields. Nominated by FSWO Past President Louise Hine-Schmidt, the award recognizes Tracey as an inspirational leader who has shared the FSWO common vision to make a difference for women who are contemplating careers in the fire service.