Coalition receives safety award


The Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition received its second Safe Communities Canada Award of Excellence at the Safe Communities Canada Conference in Winnipeg on Nov. 3-4.
The success of the “Project Safe Hallowe’en” district “glowstick” program was the basis for the RRVSC receiving the award.
The purpose of the program is to distribute glowsticks to make trick-or-treaters more visible to motorists. This program, first started by Family and Children’s Services (FACS) here six years ago, has grown over time.
With FACS still at the lead, the safety coalition, municipal offices, fire and police services, and schools have come on board. This year, some 3,200 glowsticks were distributed to children across the district.
The RRVSC first won the Safe Communities Canada Award of Excellence last year for its child car seat program.
The coalition also received the CN Award for 2008 for its work in rail safety.