IDI Calgary presented its 2nd annual Public Heroes Awards with the theme “Community Safety Through Community Involvement” on May 22, 2014 at the Calgary Golf and Country Club. Partnering Departments This ceremony was organized by IDI Calgary in partnership with Calgary Police Services, Calgary Fire Department, Alberta Health Emergency Medical Services and Public Safety Communications (911 Call Centre).
The criterion for this awards was Altruism, Dedication and Community Involvement. The goal of the awards is to recognize the dedication and excellence of its individual members in delivering their services in an ethically and culturally diverse environment. Each department selected its own candidates, while the award winners were selected by the Hosting and Selection Committee.
Kathy Lee, Reporter of CTV Calgary was the Master of Ceremonies. The evening started with a warm welcome by Malik Muradov, Executive Director of IDI Calgary along with an IDI introductory video. Greetings and the opening speech were given by Barry Davidson, Special Advisor to Minister of Municipal Affairs on behalf of the Hosting and Selection Committee.
Dinner was served by the staff of the Calgary Golf Club. Delicious! During dinner Mustafa Kaya and Shakir Tash provided entertainment with a Turkish instrument called Saz and flute-like instrument called Ney. Honorable Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice of Alberta, posed the question, “Who is responsible for community safety? “ He stated that to live together in peace and harmony, that along with first responders, each of us has a role to play. We are all partners together to make our communities a safe place to work and raise our families for now and future generations. Non-profit organizations such as IDI promote cultural and inter-religious communication, collaboration and cooperation, and acceptance by sharing differences and similarities.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Public Heroes Awards 2014. Constable Steve Ross, Calgary Police, Scott Cowan, Training Coordinator at Calgary Fire Department, Mary Heyde, Alberta Health Emergency Medical Services, Heather McEachern, Public Safety Communications (911) Calgary Police Service: Constable Steve Ross ( 24 years service)
Constable Steve Ross is a volunteer with the Calgary Police Power Play Program, a partnership between Hockey Calgary and the Calgary Police Service. This program provides youth ages 10 to 17 with cultural or financial barriers a chance to play hockey free of charge. Constable Steve Ross has made exceptional contributions to this program which builds relationships between CPS and our diverse and marginalized communities, as well as helps immigrant youth integrate into Canadian Culture. Public Hero Steve Ross was introduced by Treveor Daroux, Duputy Chief of Calgary Police and awarded by MP Devinder Shory. Calgary Fire Department: Scott Cowan ( 13 years service)
Scott Cowan has researched and facilitated the “Live out Loud” program with the Seed of Hope Community Development Centre in South Africa and presently serves as its treasurer. This program empowers high school students to deal with issues such as poverty, violence, crime and racism. He also volunteers as a mentor, team leader, maintenance worker and nurse with Camp Harmattan as well as with Airdrie Emergency Services and Canada Task Force 2. As a training co-coordinator for the Calgary Fire Department, he continues his work of many years by mentoring youth cadets. Scott is being recognized for his many contributions and sensitive support to his fellow human beings. Public Hero Scott Cowan was introduced by Brad Lorne, Executive Officer at Calgary Fire Department and awarded by Dr. Connie Barlow, Director of Peace Consortium at University of Calgary. Alberta Health Emergency Medical Services: Mary Heyde (9 years service)
Mary Heyde has received specialized team training in mental health and addiction issues and connecting social agencies. She and the City Centre Team reduced repeat calls by 27% among vulnerable people in the downtown core. Mary serves the Eden Valley Reserve using the connections made with social services in Calgary to create a service delivery model that meets the specific needs of aboriginal clients while respecting their unique culture. Public Hero Mary Heyde was introduced by Nicholas Thain, Executive Director at Alberta Health EMS and awarded by Chester Uszacki, Deputy Director at Solicitor General and Public Security Public Safety Communications: Heather McEachern (16 years service)
Heather McEachern started a service for fellow 911 members by providing with healthy snacks. For the past 8 years, her SnackShack project contributed 100% of the profits to charities selected by 911 staff. Also, Heather teaches ESL and helps students adjust to cultural challenges. She works with Calgary Police Service Law Enforcement English Proficiency (LEEP) to help foreign recruits improve their English as recruits with the Calgary Police Service Public Hero Heather McEachern was introduced by Steve Dongworth, Deputy Chief of Calgary Fire Department and awarded by Mary Martin, Chair of Calgary Catholic School District.
The closing speech was given by Kerry Longpre, Vice President, The Calgary Foundation.
Mustafa Kaya, who demonstrated Turkish Water Marbling ( Ebru) during the Public Heroes Awards Ceremony, stayed on hand to give a custom-made piece of art to guests at the end of the evening.
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