January 22, 2015 MEDIA RELEASE
Town of Halton Hills designated a “Safe Community”
HALTON HILLS, ON – The Town of Halton Hills has become only the 65th community in Canada to earn the Safe Community designation.
Mayor Rick Bonnette and other community leaders participated in an event today that marked the Town earning the prestigious designation. An initiative of Parachute, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to an injury-free Canada with Canadians living long lives to the fullest, Canadian Safe Communities believe that a safe life is a basic right. Being designated a Safe Community is Halton Hills’s affirmation of, and testament to, the community’s aspiration to create a safer life for all residents. The official designation of a municipality as a Safe Community indicates a publicly articulated commitment to work towards a safer locality for all.
“This designation is validation that our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy community to live, learn, work and play are on track,” said Mayor Bonnette. “It’s wonderful to receive this designation from Parachute, but we know we can always do more. We all need to work together to keep all Halton Hills residents and visitors safe.”
Communities that choose to be designated a Safe Community are committed to a collaborative relationship with Parachute, members of the Parachute network and others in the domain of health and safety, are also agreeing to some guiding principles, namely leadership, sustainability, community engagement and prioritization of injury prevention.
“Congratulations to the residents and community leaders of Halton Hills for living and working in a Safe Community,” said Louise Logan, Parachute President and CEO. “This designation reflects your commitment to injury prevention within your community. You all deserve to be applauded for your great work."
Communities who have obtained the Safe Community designation have shown considerable commitment to promoting injury prevention and safety promotion
locally. They have brought together local officials from their municipalities at a leadership table, including representatives from local government, public health, police, fire and emergency services, educational institutions, local business, and health and safety organizations. Designated Safe Communities have completed a formal Priority
Setting Exercise and community scan, to inform their programming decisions, and they have a proven plan for sustainability.
Halton Hills was designated a Safe Community by:
- Engaging community partners in the designation process.
- Working together to increase the awareness of safety and injury prevention in the
- Providing a forum for community, business and government leaders committed to
community safety and health.
- Working towards enhancing existing programs and resources through networks
and partnerships at the grass roots level to achieve sustainable results.
For more information about the Halton Safe Community visit www.parachutecanada.org.
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is the 2013 recipient of the National Municipal Environmental Award from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators and is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
Parachute is dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. A national charity, Parachute officially formed in July 2012, when the former Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada joined together to become one leader in injury prevention. Parachute’s injury prevention solutions, knowledge mobilization, public policy, and social awareness efforts are designed to help keep Canadians safe. Parachute’s vision is an injury-free Canada with Canadians living long lives to the fullest. For information, visit us at parachutecanada.org, follow us on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.
For further information contact:
Mayor Rick Bonnette
Town of Halton Hills 905-873-2601 ext. 2342 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
647-776-5125 (w) or 416-402-3783 (c) email@example.com