Tom Welton wins Volunteer of the Year award from national safety organization

Monday, September 24, 2018

Workplace Safety North manager active in local, provincial, and national communities

Tom Welton, General Prevention Services DirectorIn September 2018, Tom Welton, General Prevention Services Director at Workplace Safety North, was recognized as 2018 Volunteer of the Year by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). 

Welton was presented the award at the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers conference in Niagara Falls. 

“I’m very honoured to be recognized by my peers at the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals,” says Welton. “Helping make workplaces and communities safer is very meaningful work and I’m grateful I can contribute my knowledge and experience to others who share the same dedication.”

A graduate of the Lakehead University Forestry diploma program, and the Ryerson University Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program, Welton has more than 30 years’ experience as a health and safety professional in the forestry, pulp and paper industry. He has held numerous positions with the Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association, which was amalgamated into Workplace Safety North in 2010 and is headquartered in North Bay, Ontario.

In 2004, Welton joined the BCRSP Governing Board as a Governor and served a two-year term. Since 2006, he has served as Chair of the Regional Screening Centre for the Ontario Near North region, and he also serves as the BCRSP Regional Communications Liaison (RCL) for Ontario North, and was recently appointed as the Chair of the BCRSP Communications-RCL Committee. 

Beyond BCRSP, Welton is also an active member of the North Bay community, serving as a board member of the YMCA, and Nipissing Trackers, which provides free downhill skiing instruction for kids with special needs.

The BCRSP Volunteer of the Year program was initiated in 2001 in conjunction with its 25th anniversary and the United Nations’ “Year of the Volunteer.” To be eligible, candidates must be a Canadian Registered Safety Professional in good standing, must have served in one or more volunteer capacities with the BCRSP other than the Governing Board, and must have been a volunteer for a minimum of five years.