City’s diversity program earns distinguished award
Ottawa – The City of Ottawa’s Emergency and Protective Services Department is the recipient of the E.A. Danby Award by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) in recognition of its inclusive community outreach and recruitment program.
The City received the top award in the category of Municipal Administration – Municipal Population of 20,000 or more for the Ottawa Paramedics and Fire Services’ Diversity Champion Program, which uses innovative and effective methods to foster partnerships with Ottawa’s diverse community.
“It is an honour to receive this award, which recognizes the City’s commitment to continually improve services for our residents,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I want to congratulate the Ottawa Paramedic and Fire Services for implementing programming that helps more members of our diverse community.”
The Diversity Champion Program includes several initiatives, a few of which include:
- You Can be a Firefighter outreach and recruitment program, which reaches out to people who may not have considered a career in the fire service
- Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) mentoring program for young women ages 15 to 19
- Summer Camp for Muslim youth who learn about the Ottawa Paramedic Service and the roles of all the areas of the service during Ramadan
- The Ottawa Paramedic Service has participated in PRIDE community events and education programs since 2009 and has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans-gender (GLBT) community
“The City’s Emergency and Protective Services has demonstrated leadership in adopting a broad and inclusive approach to delivering programs, to ensure that every resident has equal access to its services,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee.
This is the first time the City of Ottawa has received the E.A. Danby Award; the most distinguished award presented by Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario, the largest professional association for municipalities in Canada.
“The Ottawa Fire and Paramedic Services have set a high standard for public service and frequently exceed all expectations to meet the needs of residents they serve,” said Susan Jones, General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services. “This award is a tribute to their dedication to providing excellent service and their vision for creating an inclusive and diverse workforce.”