International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) recognizes the largest trauma intervention ever deployed in Canada.
CHICAGO, IL, November 10, 2016 – Morneau Shepell announced that the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) has recognized Morneau Shepell with the award for Best Delivery of or Innovation in Critical Incident Response Services. The honor recognizes the Company's response in assisting the trauma victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire disaster that took place in Alberta, Canada this past spring.
On May 1, 2016, fires erupted outside of the small town of Fort McMurray, Alberta, burning through 1.5 million acres of land before it was deemed under-control on July 5, 2016. This disaster has been deemed the most costly disaster in Canadian history, demanding a mass-evacuation of 90,000 people and destroying approximately 2,400 buildings.
In response to overwhelming trauma in the area due to the wildfires, Morneau Shepell rapidly deployed the largest trauma support intervention ever seen in Canada to the people in and around Fort McMurray. The Company worked closely with emergency response organizations and clients in the area as its counselors responded to calls that came into its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) care access centers and set up operations on the ground. Because of the severity of the situation and the community need, Morneau Shepell also opened up support to the community at large with a 24/7 national crisis line for any Canadian affected by the fires.
"It is an honor to receive this award in recognition of our response to the disaster in Fort McMurray this past spring," said Stephen Liptrap, Chief Operating Officer at Morneau Shepell. "The massive outpouring of kindness and compassion we saw from Canadians across the country was inspirational and certainly a testament to the character of our nation. We are proud that our organization provides this very important support in times of crisis and desperate need, and that we were able to help."
The award was presented to Paul Wittes, Director, National and Global Clinical Services, Morneau Shepell, at the Annual World EAP Conference, which was held in Chicago from October 31 to November 3, 2016. The EAPA's annual awards program recognizes and celebrates the achievement of individuals and organizations who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the employee assistance profession. The EAPA is the world's largest, oldest, and most respected membership organization for employee assistance professionals.
About Morneau Shepell
Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrative approach to employee assistance, health, benefits, and retirement needs. As a human resources leader in North America with global reach, Morneau Shepell’s programs reach into the lives of more than 20 million individuals using its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and five million pension plan members. Through health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions, Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and improve their competitive position. Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves more than 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations. With almost 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across the United States, Canada and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit morneaushepell.com.