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Bringing Safety into Your School

Safety in Schools does more than provide workplace safety training. We actively engage young people in the conversation about safety and why it is important. By bringing speakers with a variety of perspectives into schools, we are able to build an important connection between the concepts explored through our course-ware and their real-life application. We currently have a few different speaking programs on the go. Read on to find a speaking engagement that works for your needs!

Devon Energy Classroom Visits

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Devon Energy recognizes that they have an important role to play in the development of their future workforce. A long-time sponsor of Safety in Schools, Devon has teamed up with us to deliver an ongoing series of classroom visits by Safety Professionals in areas where they operate. Topic areas can be customized to your classroom needs, but the focus will always remain on safety in the energy sector.

In one recent classroom visit, Safety Professionals from Devon visited students in Lloydminster, bringing with them a variety of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and demonstrating how to properly use the equipment and stay safe working in the Energy sector. Students were given the opportunity to have their questions answered by the experts whose sole job is to maintain a safe working environment in the field, every single day. Learning from those working in the field provides invaluable insight to young workers considering a career in Energy.

Requests for a classroom visit can be made by contacting:

Sara Rooseboom
Program Coordinator,
Safety in Schools Foundation
P: 403.984.6375
E: Sarar@safetyinschools.ca

We are currently working with other Safety in Schools sponsors to involve them in this initiative with the aim of providing industry-diverse options for classroom visits by safety professionals.

“See Something. Say Something”, Tour with Candace Carnahan

We have partnered with Candace Carnahan, a renowned motivational speaker based out of New Brunswick, to deliver a series of talks at high schools across Alberta’s major centres. Candace was seriously injured working as a summer student in a paper mill at the age of 21. After a significantly life-altering incident she chose to share her story with audiences across the country, with the hope that sharing her story will prevent others from experiencing the type of devastating workplace accident that changed the direction of her life forever.

Candace, along with your Safety in Schools team visited schools in Calgary and Fort McMurray in November 2014 to deliver her important message about personal responsibility in the workplace. We then completed a second leg of this tour in May 2015. Along with Candace, we visited schools in Grande Prairie and Edmonton to speak about the importance of working safely, and the impact that suffering an incident has on more than just the individual.

Candace’s unique presentation style melds humour, life lessons and harsh reality to leave students with an unforgettable message and a life-changing outlook on workplace safety, placing great emphasis her own role and responsibility in what happened and encouraging audiences to “own” their right to a safe workplace.

“See Something. Say Something” focuses on:

  • The contributing factors that lead up to Candace’s  injury, at the worker and management levels;
  • The immediate impact on Candace, her family, her coworkers/supervisors and community;
  • The ongoing impact on herself, her family, her coworkers/supervisors and community;
  • What she learned about personal responsibility and taking ownership over your right to a safe workplace;
  • Safety as an attitude rather than an afterthought; and,
  • Challenging the “invincibility factor” – the importance of knowing it CAN happen to you

We have also begun planning for our third round of “See Something. Say Something” school visits, which will take place in Lethbridge, Drumheller area, Medicine Hat and Lloydminster in the Fall of 2015. To book one of these sessions, please contact:

Sara Rooseboom
Program Coordinator,
Safety in Schools Foundation
P: 403.984.6375
E: Sarar@safetyinschools.ca

We also currently seeking a sponsor to fund and help us launch a rural school tour of Alberta.

“Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way”

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Safety in Schools has received funding through Alberta’s Creative Sentencing program to develop a new course focusing on the real life impact of workplace injuries and fatalities. The “Life Lessons—Learning the Hard Way” course will integrate theoretical safety concepts currently taught  through our other courses with the real life impact (physical, emotional and financial) of injuries and fatalities in the workplace on workers, their families, friends, coworkers, and communities.

Working together with people directly impacted by workplace incidents, this course aims to challenge the idea that “it won’t happen to me” by providing young people with first-hand accounts of workers no different than them who have been injured or killed on the job. This project brings together the stories or two severely injured workers and the family of a young man lost to a workplace fatality to speak about their experiences and the impact these incidents have on a person’s life and those around them. The foundation of the course will be a series of video interviews with the injured workers, the family, and the Lead Investigator with Alberta Government Occupational Health and Safety.

We have completed filming of the interviews that will make up the foundation of the Life Lessons course and are now in the process of developing the course, with an aim to launch in September 2015. In the meantime, we invite you to visit our Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way page on the Safety in Schools Resource Portal, where you will find a handful of videos from people impacted by the tragedy of a workplace injury or fatality that we highly encourage teachers to utilize in the classroom. Sharing these personal stories is an excellent way to drive the importance of safe work practices into your students, giving them the attitude and understanding that they need to stay safe on the job.