12 BC businesses recognized for commitment to healthy workplaces

04 April 2017

Vancouver, BC -

April 4, 2017 (Vancouver, BC): A dozen BC businesses have been recognized by the Canadian Cancer Society for their commitment to creating healthy workplaces for their employees. The businesses were acknowledged at an awards ceremony, the Healthy Workplaces Extra Mile Awards, last Thursday evening.

The average Canadian spends about 60 per cent of their waking hours at work, which makes the workplace an ideal setting to educate individuals about healthy behaviours and work together to reduce chronic diseases, including cancer. CCS’ Healthy Workplaces program was designed to provide businesses with simple and effective tools and resources to encourage healthier behaviours among employees.

We are honoured to recognize these businesses for leading their teams to a healthier future,” says Faye Wightman, Interim Executive Director, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. “Employee health and wellness is a priority for many businesses owners in our province and these 12 companies are great examples of what hard work, innovation and dedication can achieve when it comes to creating healthy work environments.”

The 2017 awards were split into two main categories – Special Recognition Awards and Extra Mile Awards. The Special Recognition Awards were developed to recognize businesses that excel in a certain area of workplace health; the Extra Mile Awards were designed to celebrate businesses that go the extra mile for employee health. The 2017 recipients are:

Special Recognition Awards

Health Education Award – West Vancouver Schools
Health Innovation Award - Coast Hotels
Best Small Business Award – RESAAS (The Real Estate Social Network)
Top Senior Management Support – Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa
Top Wellness Champion – City of Richmond

Extra Mile Awards
Bronze – Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (winner); Proline Management Ltd (runner up)
Silver – Coast Hotels (winner); ICBC (runner up)
Gold – Thompson Rivers University (winner); Mountain Equipment Co-op (runner up); TELUS (runner up)
Platinum – City of Richmond (winner); Vancouver Airport Authority (runner up)

The Healthy Workplaces Extra Mile Awards were held at TELUS Garden in Vancouver. Curtis Health provided generous sponsorship for Healthy Bites during the event networking hour. The keynote speaker was Maureen Erickson, Vice President of North American Retail Operations at lululemon Inc.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).  Make your gift today at cancer.ca.


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Sheila Dong

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sdong@bc.cancer.ca