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12th Annual Simcoe County Tri-Service Public Safety Communications Awards honour Public Safety Communicators

To be held April 18, 2019 at the Simcoe County Museum

Midhurst/April 11, 2019 – The Simcoe County 9-1-1 Management Board Public Safety Communications Communicator of the Year and Team Award winners will be recognized at the 12th annual ceremony on April 18, 2019.

This ceremony will recognize the exceptional work of the vital call-takers, dispatchers, and supervisors in our emergency response system. These men and women provide a vital link to callers in distress and provide a communications safety net to emergency responders on scene. Since the ceremony's inception, nine Communicators-of-the-Year, 361 individual and team communicators, and nine brave youth have been recognized.

“Each year we have the honour of recognizing this group of unsung heroes for their outstanding work under difficult, and sometimes harrowing conditions," said Warden George Cornell. “On behalf of County Council, our residents and visitors, we look forward to celebrating the commitment, strength and perseverance of this year's award recipients."

Award Recipient Stories

Ryan Macdonald from Barrie Fire and Emergency Service is the recipient of the 2018 Simcoe County Public Safety Communicator-of-the-Year Award.  With more than eight years of service, Macdonald is regarded as a fantastic team member, who goes out of his way to assist his team, responding crews and the public each and every call. Macdonald's positive and enthusiastic attitude and true love of his work makes him a vital team member.

The 2018 Simcoe County Public Safety Communications Team Award will be presented to the team from Barrie Police Service for their response to a near drowning incident in July in which a 10-year-old boy had been pulled from Kempenfelt Bay by City of Barrie Lifeguards. Due to the severity of the situation, if was determined that the victim would require immediate medical assistance. Dispatcher Linda Speers co-ordinated with uniform officers to clear a route to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. As the situation worsened, back-up Supervisor Caron Smith worked with the OPP and Toronto Police Service to facilitate an emergency run to The Hospital for Sick Kids. Assisted by Dispatcher Melissa Nadeau, Smith relayed transmissions to and from all three Communications Centres during the 45 minute escort. Communicators Kelly VanSchubert and Sarah Kenwright are also being recognized for their seamless support of the investigation.

Nine additional teams and three individuals will also be recognized in the Team Recognition and Individual Recognition categories.

EVENT:   12th Annual Simcoe County 9-1-1 Management Board Public
                Safety Communications Awards

Where:   Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Highway 26, Minesing

When:     April 18, 2019
                2 p.m.

Photos   Ceremony and interviews with recipients

County of Simcoe is composed of 16 member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at

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Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile) 

Jennifer Straw
Public Relations Consultant
705-726-9300 ext. 1036
705-790-5979 (mobile)