Kingston Re-Designated a Safe Community

KPSC would like to announce Kingston’s successful re-designation as a Canadian Safe Community. A designation is a public affirmation of, and testament to, a community’s aspiration to create a safer life for all its citizens.

 

What is the Canadian Safe Communities program?

Canadian Safe Communities is linked to an international movement begun in 1989. The Canadian Program was started in 1994 by Mr. Paul Kells, after the tragic death of his eighteen year old son due to a work related incident, which occurred three days after his employment had begun.  Currently sixty-six (66) communities in Canada have been designated by Parachute, a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. The designated Safe Communities and aspiring Safe Communities commit to working towards increasing the safety within their community both on and off the job. To become designated, a community must agree to establish a leadership table dedicated to reducing the injuries in their community using the guiding principles of leadership, sustainability, community engagement and prioritization of injury prevention.

As of 2015 Parachute implemented the requirement for designated communities to go through a re-designation process, thereby renewing and reaffirming their commitment to the cause every five years.

 

KPSC’s History

Kingston was originally designated a Safe Community in June 1997, becoming the fourth community in Canada to achieve this recognition. Wiebke Wilkens, President, and co-founder of Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community brought together local officials to form a leadership table in charge of promoting injury prevention and safety promotion in Kingston & Area. KPSC was established to coordinate the efforts of a number of well-established, safety focused and injury prevention organizations to target specific injury reduction goals and reduce the amount of duplication of efforts amongst organizations.

Currently KPSC’s leadership table includes representation from Kingston Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Kingston Fire & Rescue, KFL&A Public Health, Frontenac Paramedics, Ministry of Transportation, CN Police Kingston, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston Chamber of Commerce, ThinkFirst, Kingston Power and Sail Squadron and the Kingston Military Police. KPSC began working on Kingston’s re-designation application last year. After a year of hard-work and coordination, as of January 2016, Kingston has been re-designated a Safe Community! 

 

Injury is the leading cause of death for Canadians aged 1-44. Therefore Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community’s continued participation as a designated Safe Community is an integral part in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Kingstonians.

 

For more information please contact:

KPSC Project Coordinator

613-546-9814 ext. 222

projects@kpsc.ca

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