As a result of proactive workplace safety legislation such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employees and employers have become more aware of hazards in the workplace and have taken steps to reduce the prevalence of occupational accidents and injuries. However, research from The Canada Safety Council has shown that over 90% of injuries happen to people off the job, suggesting that employees leave their safe mentality at the workplace. With the increasing trend of preventable accidents and injuries occurring in the community setting, community leaders and organizations need to use their resources and influence to help make safety a priority for all citizens.
The Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership has endeavoured to organize this collective effort, coordinating with partners from the private, public and education sectors.
The Safe Communities Partnership works to achieve its objectives by partnering with a variety of organizations in Sault Ste. Marie to create a collaborative atmosphere where ideas can be generated and initiatives established. The Safe Communities Partnership is a mobilizer for community emergencies, as we maintain coordination with contacts from emergency organizations in Sault Ste. Marie. Our organization operates several events throughout the year dedicated to educating the community, specifically high-risk groups including children and the elderly, about safety and injury prevention.
Sault Ste. Marie is currently designated as a safe community by Parachute, a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, and the Safe Communities Partnership serves to uphold this goal in our community. Safe communities are defined by four attributes: leadership, priority setting, community engagement and sustainability.
In terms of leadership, our Board of Directors is comprised of demonstrated and experienced leaders representing Algoma Steel, Algoma Power, Sault College, Police and Fire Prevention services among others, who are all interested in the health and safety of the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie.
The Safe Communities Partnership establishes its short and long term goals and priorities in coordination with its sub-committees. The members of our sub-committees provide subject matter expertise on a range of topics and specialized demographic concerns. These strategic partnerships ensure that the array of initiatives and programs that we promote are informative, proactive, and practical.
Roots In The Sault
Since 1999 the Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership has pursued its mission of making Sault Ste. Marie the safest place in the world in which to live, learn, work, and play, creating a culture instilled with safety, education and commitment to injury prevention. As designated by city council in November 2002, it is the umbrella organization for all injury prevention initiatives in the community.
Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership was formed recognizing that injury is the 3rd leading cause of death in Canada.
Safe Communities Partnership operates primarily in Sault Ste. Marie, but offers programs and initiatives to the surrounding Algoma region periodically. If you represent a community organization located in Sault Ste. Marie or the Algoma region and would like to work with Safe Communities Partnership on an upcoming project, contact our Coordinator Deanna Rector at firstname.lastname@example.org or (705) 542-3862.
Updated September 25, 2019