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ASIS Toronto launches awards program

The latter part of 2007 saw the ASIS Toronto Chapter initiate a survey to the membership focusing on chapter value, venue expectations, volunteer participant, education, and an open forum for the submission of ideas and recommendations.



March 31, 2008
By Patrick Ogilvie

Survey responses indicated that speaker value and venue rotation for
both meeting locations and times were important to the membership,
therefore, a rotation between lunch and dinner meetings throughout the
greater Toronto area has been adopted for 2008. 

Furthermore, the ASIS Toronto Chapter volunteer team has grown from
eight to 33 officers as a result of the survey. The growth and
commitment of the new volunteers ensures that the structure of the
executive and committees will result in an efficient chapter delivering
high-value programs to the membership, while continuing to plan for
future successes. The ASIS Toronto executive and committee structure
now features six committees: membership; program committee, Best
Practices seminar committee, golf tournament committee, a website
committee, and an education committee. Each committee is made up of
several committee members each with unique roles and responsibilities
as outlined in newly created job descriptions.

Awards program
A new Security Practitioner Award program has also been established
this year, where three award recipients will be selected from the
categories of: Front Line Security, Investigations and Security
Technology.  Individuals are encouraged to nominate professional
security practitioners from the corporate, contract, retail,
government, IT, transportation, hospitality and tourism, and
health-care sectors.

The Front Line Security award will be awarded to an industry member who
has shown exceptional service and results in their role as a front line
security practitioner. The Investigations award will be presented to
the recipient who has best demonstrated outstanding investigative
ability. Lastly, the Security Technology award will be issued to the
professional who has demonstrated ultimate competence in the selection,
specification, project management or installation of a security
technology.

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The award selection period is open for nominations of outstanding
service and results from Sept. 1st, 2007, closing Aug. 31 2008. The
three recipients will be presented with their awards in conjunction
with the Toronto Chapter’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation awards
dinner in October 2008.

ASIS Toronto continues to receive support from its Vision Plaque
Sponsors, where 2007 donations helped the chapter purchase two sets of
PSP and 1 set of CPP study guides, and finance the purchase of two
professional banners which are used at all functions and trade shows.
2008 Plaque Sponsorship donations will continue to aid the chapter at
the 15th Annual Best Practices Seminar on May 21, and the Golf
Tournament June 21. ASIS Toronto would like to thank the following 2008
Vision Plaque Sponsors: Bay Area Investigations, DHL Express, GE
Security Canada, Group 4 Securicor, Intelligarde, King-Reed &
Associates Inc, Mul-T-lock Canada, NCI Secured Intelligence, OBN
Security & Investigations, Profile Group of Companies, Reilly
Security, Respond Solutions, Security Locksmith & Design Ltd., and
Total Security Management.

Visit www.asistoronto.org for more in-depth information about the
program and initiatives, and check out the new online discussion forum
which has been developed, where members can openly discuss current
topics, committee issues and general chapter matters. The forum can be
found at www.asistoronto.freeforums.org.