Injuries had been an area of concern for many agencies and individuals in the Brockville area for a long time. This culminated with the death of two teenage girls in April 1995 who were killed by an oncoming train while returning to school after a classroom project. The city and the high school, which these two girls attended, were dramatically affected and a community mobilized to look at the issue of injuries.
As Brockville developed an awareness of the impact of unnecessary injuries to it's citizens, a parallel process was occurring. The Safe Communities Foundation was being formed as a result of the unnecessary death of Paul Kell's son. The timing was right for these two initiatives to collaborate in the challenge to reduce injuries in their communities. As a result, the Safe Community Coalition of Brockville & District was formed with a mandate to promote safety in the Leeds and Grenville Counties.
The Coalition has made great strides in mobilizing the community to work together to address injury issues. The Steering Committee has grown to include 85 individuals representing agencies throughout the area, all committed to the reduction of injuries in our community.
The list of accomplishments and awards continues to grow as members embrace the idea of working together. In August 2001, Brockville was accredited by the World Health Organization's Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotions as a 'Designated Safe Community': the first in Ontario, second in Canada, fourth in North America and 58th (of the now 168) in the World. Being a member of this important international network, positions Brockville to access numerous specialists within the field of community safety, as well as to share local experience with the broader international community.
It is our goal to take the tragedy of injuries and use it as a motivational force for change.
Updated October 23, 2013