Inaugural award celebrating the Chapter’s Silver Anniversary.
In honour of the ASIS Pacific Chapter’s 25th anniversary this year, a 'Security Officer of the Year' award was created to recognize a security professional who has demonstrated outstanding merit or bravery in his or her role. We are delighted to announce that Paladin Security Officer Ramjee Nithiyananthan, who works for us at the Gastown Business Improvement Society, has been selected as the very first winner!
Paladin Security consultant John Grady, who was a founding member of the Chapter and its inaugural president, was honoured for his service to ASIS International and the Canadian Pacific Chapter by dedicating the award in his name. John was in attendance to receive the honour and present the John C. Grady Award - Security Officer of the Year to the winner.
John commented; “I am truly honoured to have this award given in my name to worthy Security Officers on an annual basis. Over the years I have been very fortunate to have received awards, but to have one given in my name is truly humbling. It's especially important to me as it's given to frontline staff who are so committed to protecting the lives, assets and information for our communities.”
Paladin Security Director of Operations for BC Chad Kalyk said of the win; "During the summer, Security Officer Ramjee Nithiyananthan was conducting a routine patrol through a parkade in Gastown when he heard the noise of breaking glass. He investigated immediately and saw a figure rummaging inside the backseat of a car, its rear driver side window shattered. When approached, the individual attempted to flee with a jewelry box in his possession. Ramjee pursued and caught the suspect as 911 was contacted. The owner reported that the items recovered were anniversary gifts, totalling over $3,000 in value."
"Ramjee deserves this recognition for numerous reasons. Thanks to his proactive patrolling, presence and keen investigative instincts, he was able to catch a criminal in the act of committing. This incident also took place in a busy shopping district where local tourism is critical to business success. Keeping Gastown safe is vital to the micro-community and micro-economy, and the owner of these valuables was so grateful for our Security Officer's due diligence. Everyone can empathize with losing something of value, but even more so losing something of sentimental value. We couldn't be more proud of Ramjee!"