I was extremely pleased to learn of the Ontario government’s decision to present Sophie Dennis with the Amethyst award for career contribution. This award is the highest recognition for members of the Ontario public service, and it is particularly fitting for Sophie because her award acknowledges her many significant contributions throughout her career.
Sophie has been a long-standing, valued member of our CCOHS Council of Governors, and I know her career has been defined by dedication to public service and pride in the Ontario government’s role in improving working conditions. She has taken a leadership role in developing initiatives that have increased the Ministry of Labour’s profile in health and safety and established it as the role model for excellence in values and standards.
This award is not only about her achievements, but also her character and leadership qualities. Sophie has always demonstrated a true commitment to collaboration with agencies, like CCOHS, labour organizations and other provincial and territorial governments. It is through her vision and guidance that she has established herself as an ambassador for labour standards and occupational health and safety in Ontario and enhanced labour and safety program exposure for all workers in Canada.
Congratulations, Sophie! I hope this award serves to inspire the next generation of leaders to public service and higher achievement.