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October 4, 2021 8:25 AM

Safety and Security director receives commendation award

Conestoga’s director of safety and security, Kirsty Bradley-McMurtrie, has been presented with the President’s Commendation Award from the Ontario Association of College and University Security Administrators (OACUSA).

OACUSA has become the voice and trusted advisor for the post-secondary public safety profession in Ontario through engagement, advocacy, partnerships and professional standards. The President’s Commendation award recognizes an OACUSA member whose actions and efforts serve the betterment of OACUSA and the campus safety/security profession.

“Kirsty has been a driving force in modernizing OACUSA and bringing our mandate and purpose to greater prominence with technology and through our strategic plan,” said Brian Billings, OACUSA president. “Kirsty started much of this work when she was in the role of president with our organization, continuing into her past-president role, and has continued to provide ongoing support to the OACUSA executive.”

Bradley-McMurtrie served as the OACUSA president from 2016 to 2018, marking the first time a college member was elected to the role. She has also served as treasurer on the OACUSA board.

“I am very fortunate to work with a great group of professionals working on a common goal to keep post-secondary campuses safe across the province,” said Bradley-McMurtrie.

A graduate of Conestoga’s Law and Security Administration program, Bradley-McMurtrie was named a Conestoga Alumna of Distinction in 2013. In 2015, the Women’s Security Council — a network of professionals focused on promoting the advancement of women in the security industry — named Bradley-McMurtrie one of its Women of the Year.