Celebrating the women of workplace safety

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Helping make northern Ontario communities safer

Cindy Schiewek presents at Canadian Society of Safety Engineers 2017 conference

On International Women’s Day, Workplace Safety North (WSN) celebrates women who work in occupational health and safety.

“International Women’s Day is a perfect day to recognize the achievements of women in helping make northern Ontario communities a healthier and safer place to live and work,” says Cindy Hunter, WSN Director of Strategy and Collaboration.

“From health and safety specialists who travel the province to deliver training to workers and assess workplaces, to customer care staff who respond to inquiries about workplace health and safety, thank you to all the women who help make northern Ontario workplaces and communities safer.”

Meet the women of Workplace Safety North

Lindsay Digby, Health and Safety Specialist at Workplace Safety North

Lindsay Digby
Health and Safety Specialist, Industrial

With a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Geography from Nipissing University, Lindsay is currently working towards her Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation. A former Health, Safety and Environmental Coordinator for a northern Ontario sawmill, Lindsay also has experience with forestry, tourism, public service and retail sectors. 

As a mother and volunteer coach, Lindsay takes pride in helping develop future generations, based on a foundation of trust, respect, dedication, hard work, and a positive attitude. Lindsay applies her coaching methodology with her clients and is always looking for ways to motivate employers and employees to improve workplace health and safety to ensure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day.

Angele Poitras, Community Engagement Specialist at Workplace Safety North

Angele Poitras
Community Engagement Specialist

A certified volunteer administrator with more than 20 years of management experience in the profit and not-for-profit sectors, Angele is also a program facilitator for lateral violence prevention, and holds a certificate as a Psychological Health and Safety Advisor from the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Angele created the WSN Feed Your Brain Lunch and Learn Series to help educate and connect northern Ontario communities and employers to important health and safety information and resources. She also works with the First Nations Advisory Committee, hosts mental health awareness sessions, and provides services to clients across the north.  

Penny Ratushniak, Health and Safety Specialist at Workplace Safety North

Penny Ratushniak
Health and Safety Specialist, Industrial

A Registered Professional Forester with more than 20 years of forestry experience, Penny holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Lakehead University and a Bachelor of Education through Queens University, and Seven Generations Education Institute (Aboriginal Education Training). She recently completed a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from University of New Brunswick. Penny assesses the needs of various forestry businesses including tree planting, harvest, and mill operations. 

In addition, Penny works closely with local businesses in the north helping with health and safety programs and training needs. Working with a variety of people and helping them with their business health and safety is a key highlight of her role. Penny is also project manager for First Nations initiatives, with the aim of encouraging business and community partnerships and help ensure people develop the necessary knowledge and skill-set for working opportunities in the north.

Jo-Anne Rousseau, Health and Safety Specialist at Workplace Safety North

Jo-Anne Rousseau
Health and Safety Specialist, Mining

Jo-Anne is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree as well as a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. With more than 25 years’ experience in the field of occupational health and safety, Jo-Anne has worked with many industries and groups from manufacturing, service, education, First Nations, and mining. 

She is recognized as a subject matter expert in the areas of workplace violence and harassment prevention, as well as supervisor competency. As a health and safety specialist, Jo-Anne’s vision is to foster trusting relationships with northern Ontario workers and employers and help them develop and implement programs with the goal to eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

Cindy Schiewek - Culture, Learning, Development, and Audit Specialist at Workplace Safety North

Cindy Schiewek
Culture, Learning, Development and Audit Specialist, Mining

Cindy is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional with more than 17 years of experience in the field of occupational health and safety. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree with a focus in Organizational Behaviour and Psychology.

Having worked with a variety of industries and groups, including mining, construction, industrial, health care, government, municipal, farming and agricultural, First Nations, retail, and tourism, Cindy specializes in Occupational Health and Safety and Quality Management Systems, design, implementation, monitoring and correction as well as organizational health and safety culture. She leads the development of the safety program and culture assessment program known as the Climate Assessment and Audit Tool, a predictive tool for workplace injury, which is shaping the future of injury and illness prevention.

In addition to businesses and communities across northern Ontario. WSN serves the Ontario resource sectors of mining and forest products, which were once seen as traditionally male occupations.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year and commemorates the movement for women’s rights.

For more information, contact info@workplacesfetynorth.ca.