Safe Communities Canada

Safe Communities Canada

April 06, 2009 10:00 ET

Safe Communities Canada Announces Cranbrook B.C. as a Designated Safe Community

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 6, 2009) - Safe Communities Canada Board of Directors Chair John Dalzell today announced that Safe Communities Canada has approved an application from the Cranbrook Partners in Safety to designate Cranbrook as the 55th Designated Safe Community in Canada.

"Designation by Safe Communities Canada signifies that the community has demonstrated its commitment to a culture of safety and injury prevention through established community-specific priorities to reduce the risk and burden of injury for our children, seniors and friends and coworkers through partnerships between the private, public and volunteer sectors" Mr. Dalzell said. "The application by the volunteers and professional practitioners in the field of injury reduction, representatives of local business, government and community-based organizations in Cranbrook demonstrated an incredibly strong commitment to making Cranbrook one of the safest places to live in Canada. We congratulate all those involved for this significant accomplishment".

Since 2005 the Cranbrook Partners in Safety began a dialogue to connect the community with City Council and civic administration to discuss short and long-term strategies for injury reduction and the promotion of a culture of safety for the City of Cranbrook and was the birth of the Safe Communities Cranbrook Leadership Table.

Safe Communities Canada president and founder Paul Kells congratulated the City of Cranbrook as the newest member of the Canadian Safe Communities movement and the commitment demonstrated to enhancing the quality of life for all of its residents. "At its recent session to establish priorities to address community-specific safety issues and injury reduction, the committee hosted over 55 Cranbrook citizens from all walks of life, a key factor in future successes" he said. "Clearly this wide-ranging representation of its community demonstrates the committee is on the right track and are seen as leaders within the Safe Communities movement in Canada".

Cranbrook Mayor Scott Manjak welcomed the announcement by Safe Communities Canada. "On behalf of all the citizens of Cranbrook, I and the members of Cranbrook City Council want to thank and congratulate all of those who were involved in this extensive and very thorough process" Manjak said. "The hard work by all those involved to date and into the future will have a significant impact on the safety, health and well-being of our children, co-workers, friends and neighbours".

Safe Communities Cranbrook spokesperson Dawn Widdifield was very encouraged by the announcement. "The City of Cranbrook and its partners have been working very hard to gather stakeholders from many sectors together to work toward making Cranbrook a safer community" Widdifield said. "Designation as a Safe Community by Safe Communities Canada is the first major step in reaching that goal".

"Our real work has only just begun" she said. "We recognize that we have a long way to go. But interest and commitment from our community is definitely there. We are ready to roll up our sleeves and show what we can achieve together on something as important as our children's and community's safety" Widdifield concluded.

An official designation ceremony will be held in the coming weeks.

Safe Communities Canada is Canada's foremost community-driven injury prevention charity whose mission is to make Canada the safest place in the world to live, learn, work and play.

Contact Information

  • Safe Communities Canada
    Rod Kelly, Director
    Marketing, Communications & Fund Development
    (416) 964-3959 or (C) (416) 201-1430
    rkelly@safecommunities.ca
    or
    City of Cranbrook
    Mayor Scott Manjak
    (250) 489-0200
    smanjak@cranbrook.ca
    or
    Safe Communities Cranbrook
    c/o East Kootenay Brain Injury Association
    Dawn Widdifield
    (250) 417-6220
    dwiddi@ekbia.org