NORTH BAY, ONT. — Workplace Safety North (WSN) staff member Angele Poitras has been recognized as one of Canada’s top 40 women leading the health and safety sector.
Canadian Occupational Safety magazine recently announced its list of the country’s top women in safety and Poitras, community engagement specialist for WSN and a psychological health and safety adviser certified by the Canadian Association for Mental Health, was among the 40 women highlighted.
Poitras leads the development of mental health training and workshops and has created a number of courses, states a release, adding she “guides organizations in effectively raising awareness and reducing stigma to help manage psychological risks, prevent mental harm and start the mental health conversation.”
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Poitras created and facilitated a monthly webinar series called COVID-19 Conversations focused on workplace safety. Some of the topics included adapting to the new normal, the importance of leadership in workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing, legal considerations, back-to-work planning and resiliency.
Poitras also helped create and promote a free community risk assessment template for safe needle pick-up. In addition, Poitras created and facilitated a student artwork challenge in northern Ontario high schools to help raise awareness of mental health and workplace safety for the past two years.
“Angele has been involved in a number of health and safety initiatives across the province,” said Paul Andre, WSN president and CEO, in a statement. “She provides information, events and resources of a timely and topical nature. People from all walks of life – young to old, in both workplaces and the community – have commented on the helpfulness of the material. Her unique combination of experience and compassion make her contributions to workplace health and safety in 2020 very powerful and effective.”