Operation Lifesaver Canada (OL) has announced that Canadian National (CN) Constable Bart MacMillan will be awarded the organization’s 2017 Roger Cyr Award.
The honor was announced during Canada’s Rail Safety Week, held Sept. 23 through Sept. 29, 2018, officials said. The award recognizes Rail Safety ambassadors who have made outstanding contributions to promoting rail safety in Canada.
MacMillan has served as a community services officer with CN since 2004. He began volunteering with Operation Lifesaver in the 1970s while serving with the British Columbia Railway Police, according to OL.
MacMillan was responsible for presentations and other outreach to schools and youth groups in Prince George, North Vancouver and the surrounding area, officials said. After joining CN, his responsibilities expanded and by 2010, he had begun managing public rail-safety education and outreach for all of British Columbia.
“I’ve witnessed how quickly and effectively Bart gets his rail safety message across – whether he’s speaking with children or adults,” said Sarah Mayes, national director of OL. “After his four decades of dedicated rail safety promotion, this national recognition of Bart’s efforts is so well deserved. I know Bart’s peers across the country will join me congratulating him.”
Stephen Covey, CN’s chief of police and an OL Board member, noted he believes Macmillan is well-deserving of the Roger Cyr Award.
“I am so proud of Bart and the important work that he does day-in and day-out,” Covey said. “He has literally devoted an entire career to promoting rail safety across the province of British Columbia. He is the ultimate Rail Safety Ambassador and we are very fortunate to have him on our team. Congratulations Bart!”
MacMillan will receive the award at a ceremony in November.