Safe Communities Canada

Safe Communities Canada

February 23, 2012 16:49 ET

Safe Communities Canada Designates the City of Woodstock as a Safe Community

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2012) - John Dalzell, chair of Safe Communities Canada Board of Directors announced today that the Board of Directors have approved the designation of Woodstock, Ontario as Canada's 62nd Designated Safe Community.

"This designation recognizes that the community has gained the capacity to take strategic actions that will reduce the pain and cost of its injuries," states Dalzell. "It also means that Woodstock becomes a full participating member of Canada's vibrant network of Safe Communities, reaching over 25% of Canada's population."

Safe Communities Woodstock Co-Chairs Chief of Police Rod Freeman and Fire Chief Scott Tegler were very encouraged by the announcement. "Our community has been working very hard to gather stakeholders from many sectors to accomplish the steps required for designation," said Chief Freeman.

Fire Chief Scott Tegler explained the top three priorities which will anchor Safe Communities Woodstock over the next few years are:

  1. Reducing the injuries/deaths related to falls
  2. Reducing injuries/deaths due to motor vehicle collisions
  3. Reducing sport/recreational injuries/deaths

Reacting to the community commitment, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company (TMMC) provided seed funding for these initiatives in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars.

A public and celebratory designation ceremony with Safe Communities Canada will be announced at a later date.

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