Michelle John, Fire Safety Education Officer, wins Premier’s Award for her service to Brampton community

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Published November 19, 2021 at 4:02 pm

Michelle John, a Fire/Life Safety Education Officer for the City of Brampton, has been awarded Premier’s Award for Community Services for her passionate commitment to the safety of the people of Flower City.

John, who is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Legal Office Administration program, received the award at a virtual ceremony on Thursday.

The Premier’s Awards are awarded by Colleges Ontario to graduates who have made important social and economic contributions to Ontario and the world.

“When I got accepted at Sheridan as a student, I never thought there’d be a day when I’d receive an award in recognition of my work,” John said upon receiving the award.

“I hope this award inspires women of colour to see the value in working hard and the value in investing in themselves through college education. I’d like people in my community to see that anything is possible and they’re not limited because of the colour of their skin,” she said.

John originally joined Brampton Fire and Emergency Services as an administrative assistant, but she took diploma and certificate courses to expand her knowledge of fire safety and prevention while also working full time to work towards her current position.

For the last 10 years, she has been educating Brampton residents about fire safety.

“We’re so proud of Michelle’s commitment to the community and the life-saving work that she does,” Janet Morrison, president and vice chancellor of Sheridan College, said in a news release.

“She is an incredible role model for our students and graduates. Her resilience and determination are deeply inspiring, and her career success is an important reminder of what’s possible when people stay focused on realizing their goals,” she said.

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