Safe Communities Canada

Safe Communities Canada

October 03, 2007 10:04 ET

Inaugural National Ambassador for Safety Award for Safety Business Partner Presented to Canexus Chemicals Canada Limited Partnership

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2007) - At a ceremony at John Fisher Junior Public School to celebrate the first Safe Communities Canada Day, Paul Kells, Safe Communities Canada Founder, presented the inaugural Safe Communities Canada National Ambassador for Safety Business Partners Award to Canexus Chemical Canada Limited Partnership of Brandon, Manitoba. Accepting the award on behalf of Canexus was Plant Manager Bill Turner.

"We have known for a long time that it is due to the involvement of individuals, either on their own accord, or as part of a corporate culture, that change occurs, communities thrive and lives are saved." Paul Kells said in presenting the award. "The Safe Communities Canada model is based on the participation and support of a wide-range of volunteers from many sectors of our communities including local government, public health, police, fire, business, emergency medical services, provincial employer compensation boards and health and safety training agencies. It is due to the ongoing commitment of time, talent, expertise and financial resources by our volunteers and business partners that our movement to reduce avoidable injury has been so successful. The long-term demonstrated commitment of Canexus in Brandon is only one example of those involved across Canada who have gone beyond the call to make a difference and make our communities safer places to work, learn live and play" Kells added.

Prior to the establishment of Safe Communities Brandon & Area, Canexus had adopted a safety philosophy within the company. They developed policies, procedures and staff training that applied to all staff including full-time, contract and casual employees. They extended the requirement to make it compulsory that all external contract staff entering their property have safety and plant-specific environmental training prior to commencing any on-site work. Through Bill's leadership the company has achieved significant success through his commitment. In the period up to August 2007 Canexus achieved 3700+ days without a loss-time injury.

"This is a great honour for all of the employees at Canexus, the volunteers, community and business partners associated with the Safe Communities organization in Brandon and for the citizens of Brandon." Mr. Turner said in accepting the award. "To our business partners across the country involved with injury reduction and making our communities safer places, we at Canexus applaud you and are proud to be among your company. Our commitment to increased safety in the workplace and in our community will not waiver. We have much more to do and we look forward to expanding our network and continuing to make a difference in the future" Turner added.

"Bill Turner and the employees at Canexus have demonstrated time and time again that we as individuals and collectively can make a difference in our communities" Kells said. "Along with their involvement with Safe Communities in Brandon, Canexus employees recently expressed concern that newly arrived immigrant workers were traveling by bicycle along a local highway over 4 kilometers to and from work to a local plant. Due to the concern about their safety, the employees made sure that the workers received proper bicycle safety training from local police and many received reflective vests supplied by Canexus. Combine that with the employees' involvement with the local Scouts Canada Winter Camps Program, the 1997 Canada Winter Games and Special Olympics in 2006, Canexus is a champion among champions and we both congratulate and thank them for their outstanding effort and contribution to their community." Kells concluded.

Safe Communities Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to helping communities build the capacity and resources they will need as they commit to coordinated, thoughtful and strategic programmes to reduce the pain of injury and death and promote a culture of safety in every community in the country.

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