A legacy of mining health and safety in Ontario
On Monday January 5, 2015, at the age of 53 years, Dwayne Plamondon, Director of Mining at Workplace Safety North, passed away. A graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines, Dwayne’s entire career was in the mining sector, mostly in northern Ontario.
For more than 30 years, Dwayne focused on safe, profitable production in Ontario’s mining industry. At underground operations across the province, he moved through positions of increasing responsibility from miner to senior operating roles.
Dwayne joined Workplace Safety North’s precursor, Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association (MASHA), in 1999 as Manager of Field Services. He credited the hard work of his team and industry in achieving a substantial reduction in injuries through a focus on high-risk hazards. Dwayne’s reputation as a catalyst for change and his skills in business development and client engagement helped forge long-lasting relationships with clients and stakeholders. A strong advocate of mining health and safety, Dwayne dedicated himself to “bringing the miners home safely.”
For the past 35 years, Dwayne has been the beloved husband of Susan, and dear father of Sarah, Jason, and Eric. A loving father, Dwayne was devoted to his family and tried to do a good deed every day, whether it was helping family, friends, or a stranger on the side of the road. Dwayne thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and several years ago found his dream home at Tilden Lake, where he enjoyed fishing, riding his ATV, and blueberry picking with Susan. In keeping with his wishes, a private family service was held.