ASIS Pacific Chapter hosted their Annual General Meeting at the Terminal City Club on Thursday November 19, 2015 to honour the achievements of the chapter and vote in the executive committee for 2016. The center focus of the luncheon was recognizing Paladin Security Officer, Pamela Sharif, as the 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. Pamela was selected because of her dedication to the healthcare industry for over a decade.
More recently, Pamela’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, Pamela 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, Pamela 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.”