News Bites & Looking Ahead

News Bites

  • Cheryl Joseph of Oakville, Ont., is the first recipient of the Sarah Beth Therien Memorial Scholarship. The $2,500 award recognizes Cheryl’s exceptional leadership in safety-oriented efforts; more information on her winning initiative is available here. Cheryl is in her first year of studies at McMaster University, taking health sciences. Congratulations Cheryl! If you are interested in donating to support the scholarship program in 2014, please contact us at 613.739.1535 ext. 221. Thank you!
  • Staff Sergeant Chris Whaley of Aurora, Ont., is the recipient of the 2013 National Police Award for Traffic Safety. The award recognizes Sgt. Whaley’s leadership and foresight in organizing campaigns and garnering media attention to highlight the dangerous and deadly realities of distracted driving. Sgt. Whaley is a member of the Ontario Provincial Police, and was presented with the traffic safety award in August at the 108th Annual Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Conference in Winnipeg, Man.
  • We are pleased to announce our continuing partnership with the Canadian Firearms Program to raise awareness around the safe use, storage and access of firearms in the home. Through education, our goal is to help reduce the occurrences of preventable firearms deaths in Canada.
  •  For the second year in a row, we are partnering with State Farm® to promote ‘Celebrate My Drive,’ a program that supports safe teen driving in our communities. We will be joining with State Farm representatives and partner organizations for the Ottawa ‘Celebrate My Drive’ events in October.
  • October 17 – 23 is National School Safety Week, and we will focus on the theme of ‘healthy kids, healthy schools.’ School are communities of children, and if the children are healthy and safety-conscious, then the community is more likely to be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. Our campaign will cover topics such as nutrition, exercise guidelines for children, and bullying prevention.


Looking ahead

  • November is National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month. We are focusing on firearms safety and the theme of ‘Keep your community safe - It’s your responsibility.’ The goal is to educate firearms owners and the community in general of the shared responsibility they have in preventing tragedies.
  • November 6 – 12 is National Senior Safety Week. We will have information and tips to help seniors understand fraud, how to recognize and prevent it from happening to them, and how to react if they do fall victim to this type of crime.
  • November 24 – 30 is National Home Fire Safety Week. Our campaign will highlight cooking safety and burn prevention – an especially timely topic as Canadians head into the holiday season.
  • December 1 – 7 is National Safe Driving Week. This year, we will continue our series on educating Canadians about the prevalence and deadly implications of drug impaired driving.

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