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Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition name two honour roll recipients at district meeting

Honour Roll
by Marlene Deschamps
During the Rainy River District Municipal Association annual general meeting help on Saturday, January 27th at the Emo Legion, Grace Silander, Chair of the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition, presented their annual report. She and Administrative Coordinator, Hugh Dennis, were introduced by Freda Carmody, one of the directors of the Coalition. She cited the hard work the two do along with the directors who put in many hours to strengthen programs and ties with Safe Communities of Canada.
Grace Silander delivered the presentation where she cited all the programs throughout the district that work with the Coalition such ass the Seat Belt campaign; Booster Seat Colouring Contest; CN Rail Safety; Medicine Cabinet Cleanout and Grab-a-Cab to mention a few. These programs join the other programs such as Risk Watch, Arson Prevention, Fire Safety & Exit Drills practices, Community Smoke alarm Program, Fire Prevention Week Activates and Awareness Displays/presentations, Commercial & Industrial Fire Safety Plan staff training, and General Fire Safety Public Service announcements. They also work in partnership for the DARE program and the RIDE program and Coordinator Huge Dennis worked with the "Fishing for Futures" presented by the OPP. This year they participated with the Substance Abuse Prevention Team on programs such as OSAID, BOZZUM BUDDIES, UNFC Youth Conference and the Seniors Health Fair. When Grace was speaking about the Medicine Cabinet Cleanout, she mentioned that they collected 106 pounds of outdated medications where the oldest was a prescription from 1965.
Grace then named two honour roll recipients, OPP Constable Caroline Spencer and CN Police Officer Pete Ledrew. Pete Ledrew works tirelessly with the school and promoting safety regarding the railway tracks. He made a total of 37 presentations in District Schools with approximately 1,800 students receiving safety messages. He was involved in several rail safety initiatives during Rail Safety Week, including a "Safe Crossing Day" hosted by Huffman School in Fort Frances. Grade 3 and 4 students received a tour of a crossing with the ability to get a close-up look at the engine. Proper crossing techniques and 'safe zones' were taught.
Caroline Spencer works not only her regular duty but puts in many hours of overtime in different safety programs throughout the area. Although Mr. Ledrew was not present, Caroline was and she received her plaque from Grace.
After the presentation Freda thanked Grace and Dennis and said that in appreciation the RRDMA would be making a donation in t heir name to the "Just Imagine" campaign. She also told those present that every person and every child in the district benefits from the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition and requested that if they did not already belong to consider joining.

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