Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Two PEI Youths Recognized for Excellence in Workplace Safety

September 26, 2019

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) is pleased to announce that Hannah MacLean and Michael MacKinnon are the recipients of this year's Safe Youth Award. The award is presented annually to Prince Edward Island youth age 15-24 who demonstrate an understanding of occupational health and safety (OHS) principles and take the initiative to apply them in their workplaces.


"Focusing on the youth of today is one of the ways to build safe workplaces for tomorrow," said Stuart Affleck, Chair of the Workers Compensation Board. "Seeing our youth develop and apply strong safety values at work is something we can be proud of."


Hannah MacLean is being recognized for her safe work practices with the Cornwall and Area Watershed Group this summer. "Hannah makes an effort to identify safety hazards as soon as she sees them. She is very aware and can predict a sequence of events, while evaluating for safety, which is a skill on its own," says her supervisor.


"You're never too cool to wear safety gear," advises MacLean when asked what she would tell new and young workers starting out. She admits it can sometimes be challenging to remind co-workers older than she is to work safely, but she is committed to doing so. "Safety is too important to not speak up when you see something unsafe," she adds. 


Michael MacKinnon, has been an employee of Kent for several years. "Perhaps one of the most prominent hazards in my workplace is the use of equipment such as lifts and pallet jacks. This is both a hazard to workers and to customers who may be shopping at our store. It is very important to me to take every precaution when operating and working among these machines."


MacKinnon currently attends UPEI and is pursuing a career in nursing. He is confident that the skills he has gained while working at Kent will be very useful in his nursing career. "Whether it involves safely using lifts and other equipment, using proper body mechanics, or practicing social interaction with customers/clients, it's all very relevant to my future work in healthcare," he says. "We are all made familiar with Kent's Team Mission early on in orientation, with 'A Safe Working Environment' being the top item. I'm happy to be a part of that and honoured to receive this award."


"All applicants showed potential to be safety leaders," said Cheryl Paynter, CEO of the Workers Compensation Board. "It's encouraging to see so many youth and their employers making the effort to show their commitment to health and safety."


For more information about educating young workers about workplace safety, visit the Workers Compensation Board website at or contact the WCB office at 902-368-5680 or 1-800-237-5049.


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