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Posted on 10/26/2015

Board to Receive Canada Awards for Excellence
Healthy Workplace Platinum Award

By Mark Calder

(Brockville) – The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) will be honoured October 29 as a shining example of a healthy workplace.

On behalf of the board, UCDSB staff will receive the Canada Awards for Excellence Healthy Workplace Platinum Award for its health, wellness and safety programs during the Performance Excellence Summit and Canada Awards for Excellence at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. The UCDSB will be the first school board in Canada to receive the award.

The trophy, presented by Excellence Canada, honours the board for quality programs that care for the physical and psychological health and safety of its employees and which help them achieve and maintain exemplary health.

The award comes after an extensive review by Excellence Canada of all UCDSB health, wellness and safety programming. The board qualified due to its sound systemic approach to sustaining a healthy workplace, its atmosphere of continuous improvement, and its data-driven approach demonstrating sustained positive improvements in all areas of health and safety programming.

“The UCDSB values its employees and this award is the result of many years of concerted effort to support staff throughout our jurisdiction,” said Director Charlotte Patterson.

“I am extremely pleased,” added Penny Raabe, a compensation and wellness specialist with the board. “This prestigious award is tangible evidence of our organization’s level of excellence.

“It shows that the UCDSB continues to foster a work environment where coworkers and supervisors are supportive of employees’ physical and psychological health and safety concerns, and respond appropriately as needed.”

The award recognizes the board for adherence to a number of best practices in health and wellness programming including: a firmly embedded healthy workplace culture, sustainable healthy workplace strategies through our CREW strategic plan charters, our ASKHR information line, an exemplary record in lost-time claims when compared with other boards, increasing use of the board’s Employee Assistance Program, the utilization of data-driven wellness surveys, its philosophy of growing and recognizing leadership at all levels, the UCDSB retirement recognition process, and an extensive use of social media to keep employees informed.

Raabe gave credit for the honour to the late Linda Billing, former manager of employee services, who led UCDSB efforts to gain bronze, silver and gold certifications under the Excellence Canada program, and whose foundational work helped the board achieve platinum status.

Excellence Canada's mandate is to help private and public sector organizations implement standards of excellence.

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