Safety Codes Council Holds AGM and Member Appreciation Event

The Safety Codes Council was pleased to host our Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation event on October 21, 2022.

Jill Matthew, the Chair of the Council’s Board of Directors, led members through the business of the AGM, including a review of key accomplishments and financial statements from 2021 and a look at the Council’s business plan and budget for 2022. Throughout 2021, 166 volunteer members attended 45 meetings, resulting in 1529 hours dedicated to discussing emerging issues and crafting recommendations to strengthen the safety codes system in Alberta. Key initiatives declared in the 2022 business plan include safety codes officer curriculum modernization, a review of the accreditation program, and creation of a framework for stakeholder engagement. It was noted that the Council is on track to deliver on the commitments made in the plan.

After the AGM, the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas was brought to downtown Edmonton to celebrate the members who volunteer their time and expertise in support of the safety codes system. Members were entertained by a juggler and a tribute to Elvis kicked off dinner. As the evening unfolded, members were honoured for their contributions to the Council and the safety codes system in various ways. Sub-council retirees were recognized for their years of dedication and service on their respective sub-councils, and the sub-council Chairs active in 2021 were thanked for their leadership and commitment to ensuring productive and positive meetings. This year, members voted on an MVP from their sub-council as well as a few lighthearted accolades for categories like best virtual background and walking encyclopedia.

The highlight of the awards program was the presentation of the Dr. Sauer Award to David Miller of the Pressure Equipment Sub-Council. The award, named for the former Chair of the Safety Codes Council, recognizes a member who has exemplified Dr. Sauer’s commitment, passion, and energy, which David certainly did during his 9 years on the sub-council. One of David’s biggest contributions to the sub-council was taking on the role of chair for the Power Engineers Working Group. His strong leadership and organizational skills played a key role in the group’s accomplishments, and his positive attitude and calming approach to sub-council work made David a pleasure to have at the sub-council table.

Thanks to all the members who attended the AGM and member appreciation event – we couldn’t do it without you!