Champions Award & Event

AMSSA hosted the 7th Annual Safe Harbour Champions Breakfast on March 10, 2016 at the Executive Hotel Suites in Burnaby, B.C. Thank you to Vancity for sponsoring the event and all additional donors for their support: the Executive Hotel Group, Eclipse Awards, Safeway, the Cultch and Pasta Polo in Coquitlam.

Credit: Sarah Race Photography

2015/16 Award Recipient – Back in Motion


(L-R: Lynn Moran, AMSSA; Stefanie Neth & Debbie Samsom, Back in Motion; Mark Seeley, Province of BC)

Back in Motion was the recipient of the 2015/16 Safe Harbour Champion Award. A rehabilitative and employment services provider serving 10 communities in Metro Vancouver, Back in Motion was one of six nominees from among 1,000 businesses, organizations and municipalities across the province participating in Safe Harbour: Respect for All, a diversity education program coordinated by AMSSA. All of Back in Motion’s 15 locations attained Safe Harbour designation within the past two years, which signifies a commitment to learn about diversity issues and develop inclusive practices. From organizing staff activities that boost cultural competencies to implementing practices that minimize bias in the hiring process to, Back in Motion embodies the Safe Harbour commitment.

“We’re honoured to be presented with this award,” says Stefanie Neth, “achieving Safe Harbour certification for all Back in Motion locations was my first initiative when I moved into the role of diversity coordinator. The training provided a fantastic opportunity for frontline staff and managers to learn the various dimensions of diversity as well as gain tools to help create an inclusive workplace.”

Safe Harbour Champions

2015/16 – Back in Motion
2014 – Vancity, Pinetree Community Branch, Coquitlam
2013 – James Bay New Horizons Society
2012 – Canada Safeway
2011 – Comox Valley Airport
2010 – Maywood Community School, Burnaby
2009 – City of Burnaby