Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

A matter of safety

  • Print

As a parent and grandparent, I know how it feels to worry about your child’s safety.

No parents want to unduly alarm their children, but it’s important that we give them some essential skills so they know how to react if they find themselves in a scary or uncomfortable situation.

I recently attended a camp-out forum for more than 40 North End and inner-city youth that was hosted by the Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM).  This event, for kids between the ages of five and 14, was part of a successful partnership with the Winnipeg Police Service, Manitoba Public Insurance and several other organizations. The kids camped out at the PCCM grounds for the night of Aug. 9 while learning from police officers and search-and-rescue team members. PCCM board members and alumni of the Filipino fraternity Tau Gamma Phi were the volunteer supervisors for the evening.

Volunteer instructors taught seminars and workshops on outdoor survival techniques, fire prevention, CPR, bike safety and "street proofing," which includes tips for both parents and children — for example, encouraging children to use a buddy system or walking in groups instead of walking alone. In MPI’s Cycle Safely Bike Rodeo presentation, kids learned about the rules of the road (signs, signalling and safety tips), helmet fit, bike fit and bike condition.

The parents I spoke to were grateful for this opportunity to teach their children this kind of "situational awareness" in a safe environment and from professionals.  Winnipeg Police Service Chief Devon Clunis delivered the opening remarks, highlighting the incredible value of these safety workshops, and Sgt. Randy Antonio of the Winnipeg Search and Rescue Association spoke about what to do if you are lost in the woods.  

Learning more about safety skills is essential to giving families a stronger sense of confidence and security in our neighbourhoods.  

If you would like to learn more about safety skills, please call our office at 204-421-9493 or email us at Ted.Marcelino@YourManitoba.ca.  

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

What do you think of the new Blue Bombers uniforms?

View Results

View Related Story