Published on Thu, 06/21/2018 by Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA)

CASA Celebrates 16 Years of Keeping Rural Youth Safe with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

Winnipeg, MB, June 21, 2018: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to celebrate its 16th year of partnership with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) supporting rural youth health and safety through Progressive Agriculture Safety Days®.

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program is a community-organized safety event that teaches participants how to remain safe on the farm, ranch and at home. Safety Days (usually one-day events) are designed to be appropriate for all ages, hands-on, and informative. In 2018, 79 communities across Canada have held or are planning on holding a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day.

Safety Day topics are decided by the community for the community. Some of the most popular topics include tractor and animal safety and there are lessons available on issues ranging from meth awareness to ice safety. However, the one thing each Safety Day has in common is the dedication of the volunteers and communities.

“The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program is, at its heart, about keeping rural youth safe,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s Executive Director. “But it’s also about celebrating communities. The volunteers, participants, and local sponsors all come together to work towards one goal – a successful, interactive and fun safety day.”

Each year, CASA encourages communities throughout Canada to apply for and host a Safety Day event. “The great thing about Safety Days is that they are versatile,” says Hacault. “Each community has different needs and the Safety Day program is able to address each of these needs.”

“Since 2002, CASA has been instrumental is supporting the mission and vision of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation and the growth of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® throughout Canada,” says Brian J. Kuhl, PAF Interim Chief Executive Officer. “With a presence in eight Canadian provinces, vital safety and health messages have been delivered to more than 127,000 children and participants at Progressive Agriculture Safety Days®. The partnership between CASA and PAF is special, as together we know we can make a stronger impact in saving lives and preventing injuries.”

Communities that would like to host a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in 2019 can apply online at www.casa-acsa.ca and click on Programs. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2018. Safety Day coordinator training is available in both official languages. For a full list of 2018 Safety Day events in Canada visit www.casa-acsa.ca/programs/safety-days-for-children/ or call CASA at 877-452-2272.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and agricultural workers. CASA receives support from the agricultural and corporate sectors.

For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca, find us on Facebook,  LinkedIn and Instagram, or follow us on Twitter @planfarmsafety.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Robin Anderson, Communications Coordinator
204-275-8870
randerson@casa-acsa.ca