Mary-Jaye Salmon

Health and Safety Advisor, Okanagan College

During her teens, while all of her friends were working at more traditional jobs for women, MJ began her career as a flagperson. It was while doing that job where she first truly realized the importance of working safely.Upon graduation from high school in 1981, she began her apprenticeship in carpentry, where she often found herself chosen to represent fellow co-workers on health and safety committees.

After completing her apprenticeship, MJ found herself in a variety of roles in the construction industry, which included becoming a first aid attendant, a Site Supervisor, an Instructor and Shop Attendant in the Carpentry Department at the local college.

She also become a conductor on the railway, before achieving her lifelong goal of becoming a Prevention Officer for WorkSafeBC in 2007.

In 2018, MJ partnered with a co-worker at WorkSafeBC where they collaborated on a project that placed emphasis on recognizing diversity, psychologically safe workplaces, personal protective equipment choices, tool selection and return to work programs.

MJ is currently the Health and Safety Advisor for Okanagan College located in Kelowna BC.