AHSA changes name and includes restaurants

Erica Blewett and Lena Cimmarrusti of the AHSA.

Erica Blewett and Lena Cimmarrusti of the AHSA.

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The Alberta Hotel Safety Association has changed its name to the Alberta Hospitality Safety  Association in a bid to attract more restaurant members, new executive director Lena Cimmarrusti announced on Saturday.

There has been a lot of conversation and consultation about this over the past 10 years, Cimmarrusti told delegates to the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association's Sunshine Breakfast. “I am excited to expand the mandate to attract more resources for our members.”

AHSA has restaurant members already — the name change just makes it more welcoming and official. 

The association's Sunshine Breakfast honours hospitality employers who implement a health and safety management system that meets the standards required to achieve a Certificate of Recognition (COR). Buffalo Métis Catering and Chili's Texas Grill Calgary were among those who renewed their COR certification, while Civeo Premium Camp Services, North-Ed (1994) Ltd. (Tim Hortons) and Shaw Conference Centre (Edmonton) maintained their COR status.

Peter Lambooy, Alberta WCB director, customer service and risk management, was on hand to present a refund cheque for $975,251 to be shared among the 66 COR certificate holders under the Partnerships in Injury Reduction program. The cheque represents discounts in WCB rates due to lower claims among COR participants.