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End of Year Report

2018-2019 was another year of consistent growth for Safety in Schools, both in Alberta and into neighbouring provinces. Along with consistent growth in our program usage this year, we developed two more courses and completed another successful school tour.

By the Numbers

From June 2018 to June 2019, we experienced a 15% increase in the number of schools registered with us and a 24% increase in the number of certificates earned by our students.

Much of this growth can be attributed to the expansion of our Saskatchewan program. In Saskatchewan since June 2018, we have almost doubled the number of schools registered with us!

Course Development

This year we put out two new courses:

  • Propane and Natural Gas Safety at Home was built in partnership with the Alberta Construction Safety Association and launched in September 2018.
  • Tragedy at the Quarry was build in partnership with the Alberta Construction Safety Association, Alberta Sand and Gravel Association and Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association and was made available to all Safety in Schools users in March 2019.

Both of these courses were built using SWIFT Learning software and available to our users through their SWIFT Library.

Another Successful School Tour

Our 7th School Speaking Tour since 2014 took place from April 29 through May 3, 2019 across a 36,571 km² geographical area ranging from Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge BC to Cadotte Lake and Kinuso AB.

Over the course of 5 days, we spoke to more than 640 students at 10 different schools in the region.

The Spring 2019 School Speaking Tour was split between two keynote speakers:

  • Kelly Pack completed his first 6 school speaking engagements with Safety in Schools from April 29 through May 1, 2019. Kelly was severely injured in a crushing incident on an Alberta jobsite in 2015 and spoke to students about how the experience affected his life going forward as well as the things that went wrong leading up to the incident.
  • Daniel Shoemaker had completed 26 school speaking engagements with Safety in Schools prior to this tour and spoke at 4 more schools on May 2 and 3, 2019. Daniel suffered a traumatic amputation as a young worker on a drilling rig in 2006 and began speaking with Safety in Schools in 2015, impacting the lives of thousands of young workers with his story.

Our team was joined on this tour by Joanne Tally, representing the Alberta Construction Safety Association. Joanne began each school engagement with an overview of the legislation that is in place to protect young workers and what it means for them and answered questions from students about how legislation and best practices might apply to their own workplaces.

Upon completion of this tour, since 2014 we have:

  • Visited more than 65 schools across 31 communities in Alberta and now BC;
  • Reached more than 9,200 students directly with in-person presentations from survivors of workplace injuries; and,
  • Given three different survivors of workplace injuries a platform to share their stories and make a difference in the lives of young people just beginning their working lives.