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MySafeWork: Rob Ellis and Jessica DiSabatino Receive 
Governor General Meritorious Service Cross Awards

(Oakville, ON) March 10, 2017 – Oakville Hydro would like to extend its sincere congratulations to Rob Ellis and Jessica DiSabatino on receiving Governor General Meritorious Service Cross Awards for their steadfast dedication in promoting workplace safety through their organization, MySafeWork.

“Anyone who has heard Rob and Jessica speak knows that their story is incredibly powerful,” said Rob Lister, President and CEO of Oakville Hydro.  “They speak about safety with a passion that is infectious and encourages immediate action to ensure we’re all working as safely as possible.”

The awards, which they received on March 9, acknowledge their strong leadership in championing workplace safety.

“Oakville Hydro has worked with Rob and Jessica for many years,” said Mike Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Oakville Hydro.  “Our top priority is Safety and we very much appreciate the opportunities to partner with them on safety awareness in the community we serve.”

At the age of 18, David Ellis was killed in a workplace accident.  He was given limited training and no supervision.  It was his second day on the job.  After David's death, Rob Ellis started MySafeWork, a not-for-profit organization and registered charity.

About Oakville Hydro

Oakville Hydro delivers reliable and safe electricity to more than 69,000 households and businesses in Oakville.  The company maintains an active commitment to conservation, safety, and is strongly invested in the social and economic well-being of the Oakville community. Oakville Hydro received the 2015 Performance Excellence Award from the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), recognizing the organization as an exceptional leader in the industry. 

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About MySafeWork

MySafeWork is a non-profit organization committed to improving workplace safety.  Their mission is to prevent workers from getting injured and killed at work.  Since 1999, they've reached millions of people with a simple message: don't work for a company that doesn't respect you.  They want to inspire companies to achieve greatness in safety culture.  MySafeWork is also the driving force behind Jersey of Courage – social media campaign created to engage employees and students across the country.  For more information please visit: www.mysafework.com  


Cassandra Umbriaco
Communications Specialist, Oakville Hydro
905-825-4424, cumbriaco@oecorp.ca 


Pictured below from left to right: Mike Brown, COO of Oakville Hydro, Jessica DiSabatino, Rob Lister, CEO of Oakville Hydro and Rob Ellis

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