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Media Release - Welland on the right track to be the safest place in Canada to live, learn, work and

Posted on: 3-October-2007

(October 3, 2007 – Welland, ON) – To celebrate the first Safe Communities Canada Day, Bill Auchterlonie, Chair of the Welland Safe Community Partnership today released very encouraging results of Welland’s participation in Safe Communities Canada’s first National Report Card, which measures the capacity of designated safe communities in Canada to take action and promote safety and reduce avoidable injury. The results show that Welland is on the right track to being the safest place in Canada to live, learn, work and play.

Today, across the country, designated members of Safe Communities Canada will be celebrating Canada’s first Safe Communities Canada Day with various ceremonies and activities including releasing individual community report card results, announcing the recipients of volunteer and business safety ambassador awards and numerous workshops, symposiums and displays, all celebrating the significant achievements the network has made in ten years. 

Welland is supporting the first Safe Communities Canada Day by having today proclaimed Safe Community Day in Welland, as well as having presented GDX with the Business Safety Ambassador Award at last night’s meeting of City Council. Additionally, the Mayor will raise a flag at the Civic Square in honour of the Welland Safe Community Partnership at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2007.

“Welland is very proud of its accomplishments since becoming a designated member of Safe Communities Canada, including implementation of a well-attended series of workplace safety workshops (SCIP Program), implementation of a Speed Watch program and regular printing of a Safety Colouring Book for children,” Bill Auchterlonie said. “Our volunteers, community partners and residents of Welland are a significant part of this success and we thank them for their time, effort and expertise. These are the people who we celebrate today as we join communities across Canada to celebrate the first Safe Communities Canada Day,” added Auchterlonie.

Safe Communities Canada founder Paul Kells released the National Report Card in Toronto today. “The national results demonstrate that Canadian communities like Welland remain international leaders in the implementation and growth of effective programs, products and 

services allowing our children, grandparents, co-workers and neighbours to live in safer environments” Mr. Kells said. “The overall results paint a very positive picture of the designated safe communities across the country. They are pragmatically engaged and they have a sense of pride and accomplishment” he added.

Welland was noted for community strengths including:

The Safe Community Leadership Table demonstrates its role as a champion through increasing awareness of safety priorities.

Volunteer representation at the Leadership Table and community participation level is significant, with 300 hours of time given.

The Safe Community Leadership table demonstrates active involvement with Safe Communities Canada.

The Safe Community Leadership Table evaluates program effectiveness and participant satisfaction in activities it champions.

These evaluations demonstrate an impact on community awareness, priority population participation and changes in behavior.

Welland was designated a member of Safe Communities Canada in February 2005, with a mission to make Welland the safest place…because we live, learn work and play here.

For more information:
Bill Auchterlonie, Chair
Welland Safe Community Partnership

Updated October 28, 2013