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Resource safety advocate MaryAnne Arcand dies at age 59

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MaryAnne Arcand worked with the Central Interior Logging Assocation and the B.C. Forest Safety Council. (B.C. Forest Safety Council)
A champion for worker safety in B.C. has died.

MaryAnne Arcand was well known for her work as executive director of the Central Interior Logging Association and B.C.'s Forest Safety Council.

Family members say she succumbed to cancer Monday afternoon at the age of 59.

Kathleen Meise worked as her personal assistant for 10 years and is speaking on behalf of the family.

She says Arcand's tireless work to reduce the number of people killed in B.C.'s resource industries earned her the nickname "the Bulldozer."

"She didn't let anything stop her. If something needed to be done or fixed or changed or rewritten she would plough right through and get it done."

Arcand had a background in social services, primarily public health, safety and substance abuse. She was a frequent speaker at resource and leadership conferences.

Meise says some of Arcand's proudest moments were when she was working with youth through her involvement the Rotary Club, and when she improved safety standards for men and women working in resource industries- and that her dedication was recognized by those she helped.

"We couldn't go anywhere without hugs and handshakes."

Arcand's family says memorial arrangements are being finalized.

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