Media Release – Retired WorkSafeBC ILS Director elected new AgSafe Board Chair - [ARCHIVED]

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Langley, BC / April 26, 2018 – Don Dahr, retired WorkSafeBC Director of Industry and Labour Services (ILS) has been elected the new Chair of the AgSafe British Columbia Board of Directors.

Dahr replaces retiring chair Ralph McGinn who served as the Board Chair for the past twelve years.

Don Dahr has been involved with AgSafe, formerly FARSHA, over the years as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors, providing guidance and updates on safety issues affecting agriculture.

Dahr has a strong professional history in workplace safety. Starting early in his career as an electrician he worked to address workplace electrical safety needs in the agricultural and farming sector throughout Alberta and northern B.C.

After a move to B.C., Dahr took a position with WorkSafeBC as a Safety Officer, eventually becoming WorkSafeBC’s Director of ILS, overseeing the management of three of the major high risk industries in the province – agriculture, oil and gas, and forestry. Dahr retired from WorkSafeBC in 2014.

Quoted in his retirement letter to the AgSafe Board, Ralph McGinn said, “Don has a very extensive background in occupational health and safety. Your Board will be in good hands on into the future.”

Wendy Bennett, AgSafe Executive Director welcomed Dahr as the new Board Chair, “Don’s involvement with AgSafe in the past has been very valuable. He is committed to creating safe work environments and that is what AgSafe does. It’s a great fit for our organization.”

Professional acknowledgements and safety projects:

  • Recipient, Lieutenant Governors’ Award for Public Safety
  • Chair, OSH Regulation Update for Part 19 Electrical Safety
  • President, Electrical Contractors Association Central Alberta
  • Member, Board of Directors BC Cooperative Association of B.C.
  • Resource Roads Safety Project
  • Confined Spaces in Agriculture Risk and Identification Initiative

About AgSafe:

AgSafe (formerly FARSHA) is the non-profit health and safety association for agricultural producers in British Columbia. For over 25 years AgSafe has provided site-specific training, consultation and resources to agricultural employers and associated industries in BC. AgSafe also offers a Certificate of Recognition (COR) program for large and small employers. Visit

For more information about AgSafe services or agriculture workplace safety call 1-877-533-1789 or visit

Media Contact:

Lennea Durant
Media Relations

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