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CANASA’s 2020 awards program recognizes outstanding volunteers in a difficult year


November 11, 2020
By Patrick Straw

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Don Budden (right) recieves the R.A. Henderson award from CANASA president Gordon Hebb.

Each year, CANASA presents awards to the exceptional people who contribute to our association, and more importantly to the standards and integrity of our industry in Canada.

In my almost four years here, I am still overwhelmed by the amount of time and dedication that these people commit. From our board of directors, our team at the CANASA head office and from all of our members across Canada: THANK YOU! In this crazy year, when so much was thrown into turmoil, the efforts were extraordinary and strengthened the CANASA brand.

R.A. Henderson Award: Don Budden, Atlantic Security Automation Partners Canada Inc.
This is the most prestigious CANASA award and is given to a member of CANASA who has demonstrated extraordinary achievements in the security industry, and has made significant contributions to the advancement of the interests of the entire industry. Don has been a champion of our industry for decades and his dedication and commitment are unmatched.

President’s Award of Excellence: Neil Jones, Tyco Security Products
This award is presented to a CANASA member who has assisted the president in a significant way, in recognition of their support over many years of service. I think it goes without saying that Neil’s support, time and overall dedication to the association have been integral to the continued success of CANASA.

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Outstanding Contributor Award: Gordon Hebb, Wilson Security Limited
Gordon’s initiatives on the National Board reflect an open-minded view and willingness to bring our association to the next level through leveraging technology and the combined experiences of our volunteers.

Outstanding Contributor Award: Patti Jones, Telsco Security Systems Inc.
Since Patti began her term as president of the Northern Alberta Regional Council, not only have the region’s member meetings been some of the best attended across the association, she has managed to repair and improve the relationship between the association and the Edmonton Police Service.

Outstanding Contributor Award: Michael Polo, Hall Telecommunications Supply Ltd.
Mike’s contributions as a CANASA volunteer for the Golden Horseshoe council have been outstanding. Mike has exemplified positive leadership and support for the association and the industry for years. He constantly steps up and finds a way to make the goals of the council happen. He has been a resource for fellow CANASA members and staff and we are thankful for his dedication to the association.

Regional Council of the Year: Eastern Ontario Regional Council
The Eastern Ontario Regional Council has showcased what CANASA is all about. They cover an unusual geographical area and continuously go above and beyond to put on events for education and comradery. Thank you, Chris Izatt, and the rest of your council for such outstanding dedication and engagement.

Public Service Partner: Wendy Drummond, Toronto Police Service
Since early in my time at CANASA, Wendy has been extremely diligent in helping me. With many Ontario police services investigating best practices for alarm response programs, Wendy went out of her way to share the experience she had with the TPS. She participated in our Monitoring Symposium and is still active with her new role in human resources and recruitment. She will be participating in our virtual show in December.

To each and every award winner, we hope you embrace our gratitude and appreciation for all that you have done. We may not be able to celebrate your accomplishments in person this year, but we are applauding and looking forward to the next opportunity to toast your dedication to CANASA and this amazing industry.