Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program keeps kids safe on the farm
By Top Crop Manager
The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to partner with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) in supporting rural health and safety through Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.
The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program usually consists of a one-day safety event that helps children learn how to be safe on the farm, ranch and at home. Safety Days are designed to be appropriate for all ages, hands-on and informative. Volunteers coordinate Safety Day events all across Canada.
Glen Duck, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Association of Agricultural Societies and Exhibitions (SAASE), has been involved in 23 Safety Day events in Saskatchewan since 2013, reaching more than 6,000 participants.
So far in 2017, Duck and other SAASE members, have already coordinated 14 Safety Day events in 12 Saskatchewan communities. Duck’s passion for children’s safety is evident and he is quick to give the credit of these successful Safety Days to the local SAASE members and volunteers. "These events don’t happen without local volunteers," he says. "These volunteers get us tremendous support from schools, local sponsors, and parents."
When asked why he and the other SAASE members work so hard at bringing these Safety Days to Saskatchewan communities, Glen says Safety Days are all about keeping kids healthy, thriving and safe. "These Safety Days are all about trying to change the culture around safety. By getting these safety messages to children and youth now, we are setting them up to be safe from a young age."
For a full list of 2017 Safety Day events in Canada visit casa-acsa.ca/SafetyDays.