Retired Ontario Provincial Police Constable Beth Ethier has been recognized with a provincial award.
On Tuesday, June 13, Ethier received the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Award in the professional category at the 2017 Road Safety Achievement award ceremony.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit in collaboration with the Renfrew County Police Committee nominated Either for this prestigious award. In the nomination application, Brian Brohart, chairman of the police committee and health promoter with the Renfrew County and District Health Unit offered an explanation of why the now retired constable was deserving of the honour.
“For more than 20 years Beth embodied the definition of what a community safety officer and community mobilization officer should be,” he wrote. “The Renfrew County and District Health Unit has collaborated extensively with Beth over that time and have experienced many mutual successes in the field of road safety.”
He added some of these successes include the implementation of Operation Lookout in Renfrew County, ATV safety campaigns, bus safety and impaired driving education and awareness campaigns.
Petawawa Coun. Treena Lemay, chairwoman of the town’s Police Services Board, also provided a letter supporting the nomination.
“Beth constantly used her contacts with the MTO to help our board obtain information about projects and keep us informed about opportunities to become involved in provincial activities,” she said
In accepting the award, Ethier said she was honoured and humbled by the recognition.
“We had a great working relationship with the many wonderful community partners in many different areas of road safety from bicycle rodeos, drinking and driving campaigns, road safety challenges and car seat clinics to distracted driving campaigns,” she said.
The Ministry of Transportation awards program was created in 1996 to recognize the outstanding contribution of individuals, organizations and community groups who work to improve the safety of Ontario’s roads. During the awards ceremony it was noted several times that Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America and it is the result of the extensive level of co-operation between the MTO, enforcement agencies, public health, volunteers, media and corporations.