Community Safety Days Receive Financial Boost from Youth Safety Day Fund

Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 18, 2019: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is proud to collaborate with Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont to offer funding to organizers to offset the costs of hosting a safety day event.

Each year, communities across Canada host Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® events reaching approximately 17,000 Canadians each year. These days are invaluable to the children and families that attend them. Participants learn about the hazards and risks associated with farming and rural life. However, a barrier that many communities face is the cost of hosting such an event. That’s where the Youth Safety Day Fund sponsored by Corteva Agriscience comes in.

“These volunteer coordinators and host committees all work to keep children safe,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s Executive Director. “These dedicated individuals are often planning and hosting these days on their own time and sometimes, on their own dollar. This fund will remove some of that financial burden.”

CASA has already allocated over $20,000 of the available $35,000 to Safety Day coordinators and communities across Canada. Coordinators are able to apply for up to $700 for each Safety Day event to cover costs like venue rentals, speaker fees, busing and lunches.

“By supporting the Youth Safety Day Fund, Corteva Agriscience is building our community’s capacity in educating our youth on farm dangers and building a culture of safety,” says Shari Hinz, Safety Day Coordinator and Executive Director of Safe Communities Humboldt & Area. “This funding helps us ensure the success of our local safety day.”

“We’re pleased to support the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association in hosting the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® events that reach approximately 17,000 Canadians each year,” says Wendy Tobin, Senior EHS Consultant at Corteva Agriscience. “At Corteva Agriscience™, we are committed to helping educate and protect farm families across the country, both on and off the farm.”

For more information about the Youth Safety Day Fund, or to find out how to host a Safety Day, please visit casa-acsa.ca or call 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 is funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative and receives additional support from the agricultural and corporate sectors. For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca, find us on Facebook or LinkedIn 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

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