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Safe Places hits milestone with 2,000 certified

Post Date:07/29/2019 2:02 PM

For Immediate Release
July 29, 2019

Safe Places hits milestone with 2,000 certified

The City of Swift Current is proud to announce that the Safe Places initiative has reached another significant milestone as it celebrates 2,000 individuals becoming Safe Places – Youth Certified.

Safe Places Manager Kelly Schafer expressed appreciation for the support that Safe Places continues to receive from the community and surrounding region as individuals, groups and organizations recognize the importance of the initiative.

“The community’s support has been absolutely tremendous,” said Schafer. “To think we launched Safe Places in 2016, and now, three short years later, we’re talking about 2,000 certified individuals is quite amazing.”

Schafer says there have been many highlights in the past year, alone, that have contributed to the success of the initiative:

Chinook School Division Partnership: Chinook School Division endorsed Safe Places and encourages staff and parents to support the initiative, while two schools have achieved Proud Supporter designation.
Major Event Partnerships: Safe Places has partnered with the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games and the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge to provide free Respect in Sport training (a key component of Safe Places certification) to event volunteers.
Huron County, Ontario: Led by Rural Response for Healthy Children, Huron County became the first region outside of Saskatchewan to implement Safe Places, doing so with financial support from the Ontario Government. 
Sheldon Kennedy Rink: The outdoor rink at Riverdene Park was renamed the Sheldon Kennedy Rink in honour of the former Swift Current Bronco who has played a key role in developing the Safe Places initiative.  
Proud to Support: Organizations that demonstrate at least 80% certification of their staff/volunteers are now eligible to use specialized branding in their marketing efforts.
New Website: Safe Places will be launching a new, more user-friendly website this summer.

Paramount to the success of Safe Places has been the long-standing support of the Swift Current Branch of MNP LLP, contributing approximately $26,000.00 over the last three years through the MNP Broncos Alumni Golf Classic tournament and office fundraising campaigns.

“MNP has been such an important partner for us,” said Schafer. “The funding they have provided has benefitted the entire community, as it allows us to offer Respect in Sport training free-of-charge in many cases. To date, over 850 people have received free training codes as a result of MNP’s support, and we can’t thank the MNP team enough for their generosity.”

Schafer added that a great way for the community to support Safe Places is through participation in the MNP Broncos Alumni Golf Classic, which took place this year on Saturday, July 27th at the Elmwood Golf & Country Club.

“This is a huge milestone for our community,” said Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault. “I want to thank the 2,000 – and counting – certified individuals for their commitment to Safe Places and their commitment to the safety of youth in Swift Current.”

Individuals, businesses, organizations and communities that are interested in learning more about Safe Places – Youth Certified are encouraged to visit www.SafePlacesSK.ca or to contact Kelly Schafer by email at SafePlaces@swiftcurrent.ca or by telephone at 306.778.1677.

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For more information please contact:


Michael Boutilier
Communications & Stakeholder Relations Coordinator
City of Swift Current
m.boutilier@swiftcurrent.ca
306.741.0732

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