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Paladin guard wins Security Officer of the Year award in B.C.

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ASIS Canadian Pacific Chapter recently hosted its Annual General Meeting at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver to honour the achievements of the chapter and vote in the executive committee for 2016. At the same event, Paladin Security officer, Pamela Sharif, was named winner of the 2015 John C. Grady Award - Security Officer of the Year.

The award, named after Paladin Security consultant John Grady, was created to recognize security professionals who demonstrate outstanding merit or bravery. Sharif was selected because of her dedication to the industry for over a decade.
More recently, Sharif’s spot on instincts and professionalism stood out when she assisted a female patient on site at Lions Gate Hospital. The patient was outside and in active labour; medical personnel were rushing down, but there wasn’t enough time. Sharif supported the patient with a blanket and almost instantaneously, held a baby boy in her arms.

When asked about the event, Sharif stated; “It’s all in a day’s work at my hospital! I love my job and being able to support the patients and staff. I live in the neighbourhood and both of my kids were born here — that’s why I am so protective of it.”
John Grady commented on the accomplishment, saying, “When I was asked three years ago if I would agree to have the Annual Security Officer of the Year Award be presented in my name, I was humbled, but honoured.  Today with Pamela being the recipient, I am in awe of what Security Officers are willing to do that goes above and beyond what is expected. Pamela’s actions define the Paladin Difference; she is true a hero.”

In the three years that the award has been presented, Paladin Officers have won the honour twice. When asked about her career with Paladin, Sharif explained, “I began my career in security because of necessity and over 10 years later I have realized how the job just suits my personality; I work with amazing people and it is my passion.”

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