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Welcome from the New Community Relations Coordinator

Welcome! Take a digital seat! It’s nice to virtually make your acquaintance. I’d like to get to know you better, to hear all about you, your family, your community, and how safety plays a part in your life. Perhaps you participated in Babysitting Training when you were a pre-teen, maybe you are on the Occupational Health and Safety Committee at work, or have taken our Mature Driver Refresher Course aka 55-Alive? Better yet, tell me about when being safe saved your life or the life of someone you know.

My name is Merissa Scarlett and I am the new Community Relations Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Safety Council. My role is to increase public awareness of the Saskatchewan Safety Council and all our activities through engaging with you and the public in this province to promote the Council and how it benefits you.

As a child, the love of science and figuring out the world around me led into an educational background that isn’t necessarily one you would think should lead to safety. In grade seven, I was going to be the next Canadian astronaut. Fast forward a few years to university, and my dream had changed to entering the field of medicine. Through schooling, I realized how much I enjoyed talking to people about science and explaining complex terms in a relatable (and fun) manner. How does this relate to safety?

My degree is in neuroscience, and no, I can’t read your mind, but I can understand why we make the choices we do. Every day we make hundreds, or maybe even thousands of decisions, all of which impact the course of each day…Do I take an extra teaspoon of sugar in my coffee? Should I wear black or blue pants? What do I want for supper? These choices come from your brain and you think about them constantly. Safety is a choice your brain makes. You analyze risks and make your decisions based on the evaluation of these risks.

By understanding how our brain makes choices, we can make safe choices even easier. As the Community Relations Coordinator, I want to hear your stories about safety. I want to bring you with me on my journey as I learn more about the Saskatchewan Safety Council and all its activities. You’ll learn about the programs and resources we offer in an engaging manner. Hopefully, we’ll hear your stories about the work you do. It would be great to hear your ideas and feedback, so we can ‘work together to achieve a safe Saskatchewan’.

I’ll be documenting my adventures with the Saskatchewan Safety Council via video posts and social media. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel and learn alongside me. We’ll talk to our own subject matter experts, sit in on programs, and learn more about what other organizations are doing all while trying to keep it fun.

If you are part of an organization that promotes or encourages safety, or you have your own safety story, please feel free to contact me.

- Merissa

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