Safe Communities Foundation

Safe Communities Foundation

June 08, 2005 10:41 ET

Kamloops Injury Prevention Network receives CN grant

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 8, 2005) - The CN Safe Community Fund has awarded the Kamloops Injury Prevention Network a $3,400 grant to support three rail safety initiatives the Committee is undertaking this year. The Fund is administered by the Safe Communities Foundation on behalf of CN.

The first initiative encourages a collaborative effort in developing and implementing a rail safety plan for the community. It includes CN, CP, Rocky Mountain Rail, Kamloops Heritage Railway, Kamloops Indian Band, City of Kamloops, Kamloops Injury Prevention Network and other interested community members. The group's focus is on preventing accidents at highway/railway crossings and discouraging people from walking on or near railway tracks.

The second initiative targets adults and is designed to heighten awareness to the potential dangers at railway/highway crossings. It comprises two activities: the distribution of safety-related promotional products at high profile sporting events and the promotion of rail safety through local media.

The third initiative features mural paintings, displays and activities that heighten awareness of rail safety among children.

John Dalzell, CN vice-president, risk management, said: "CN applauds the Kamloops Injury Prevention Network for the positive safety impact its initiatives represent, and for being selected as one of ten safe communities across Canada to receive a CN Safe Community Fund grant in 2005.

"Thanks to the work of safety organizations like the Injury Prevention Network and CN's constant focus on safety, injuries and fatalities at highway/railway crossings have dropped to their lowest level in a decade - by 22 per cent and 54 per cent respectively."

Paul Kells, founder of the Safe Communities Foundation, adds: "Rail injuries are preventable. Through the CN Safe Community Fund, communities have implemented more than 100 rail safety initiatives. Congratulations to Kamloops and to CN for implementing programs that reduce the toll of injuries in our communities."

Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

The Safe Communities Foundation is dedicated to making Canada the safest country in the world, and CN has been a major supporter of it since 2000. The CN Safe Community Fund accounts for $25,000 of the $100,000 the company contributes annually to the Foundation, and was established to encourage communities across Canada to incorporate rail safety initiatives in the business plans they submit to the Foundation.

Contact Information

  • CN
    Graham Dallas
    (604) 589-6512
    Safe Communities Foundation
    Pat Coursey
    (416) 964-2529