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May 15-17, 2018 - Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK

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For 45 years, the Saskatchewan Safety Council (Est. 1955) has been bringing together individuals and organizations in the name of safety through its Industrial Safety Seminar. For the last three years, the Council has hosted a Youth and a Senior Safety Summit. For the first time this year, we will combine the youth and senior events with a related workplace seminar and brand the experience as the Community Safety Seminar.

Why is there a Community Safety Seminar?
In 2010, 92% of fatalities in Saskatchewan were unrelated to workplace or agriculture. They happened at home, while at play, or on Saskatchewan roads. They happened in our communities.

What is the Community Safety Seminar

The Community Safety Seminar focusses on building awareness and delivering safety information relevant to those serving or working within their communities.

The Community Safety Seminar will gather together presenters, thought leaders, businesses, organizations, and like-minded individuals to learn about, discuss, and strategize ways in which participants can Work Together to Achieve a Safe Saskatchewan.

The Senior and Youth days are free to attend (registration is required). They include local area speakers and networking opportunities. Both days close with an interactive session involving participants.

The Workplace Safety Seminar will focus on seniors and youth in the workplace. There is a morning and an afternoon session. The fee to attend the Workplace Safety Seminar is $50.00 for one session, or $80.00 for both (including lunch).

Click one of the links below to see a detailed agenda.
SeniorYouth - Workplace

Who is the Community Safety Seminar for?
Delegates may be from non-profits, government, education, healthcare, care homes, and private companies.
The Community Safety Seminar is an opportunity for community organizations and businesses serving youth and/or seniors to network and learn how to better serve their audiences.

How can you participate in the Community Safety Seminar?

  1. May 15 - Senior Safety SeminarA Proactive Approach to Senior Health and Wellness (Free)
  2. May 16 - Youth Safety Seminar: State of Saskatchewan Youth (Free)
  3. May 17 - Workplace Safety Seminar: Seniors and Youth in the Workforce
    • 1/2 Day (Single Session): $50.00
    • Full Day (Two Sessions, Includes Lunch): $80.00

Agenda - Senior Safety Seminar - May 15, 2018

A Proactive Approach to Senior Health and Wellness (Free)

8:00 AM: Opening remarks

8:15 AM:  Age Friendly Communities - Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism

9:00 AM: Break

9:15 AM: The Changing Face of Seniors - Cultural Diversities - Open Door Society

10:00 AM: Break

10:15 AM: Senior Fitness, Importance of Fitness for the Aging - Saskatchewan Health Authority

11:00 AM: Break

11:15 AM: Dementia Friendly Communities - Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan

12:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM: TBA

1:45 PM: Networking Break

2:00 PM: Group Activity: Facilitated by Community Relations Coordinator, Saskatchewan Safety Council

Agenda - Youth Safety Seminar - May 16, 2018

State of Saskatchewan Youth (Free)

8:00 AM: Opening remarks

8:15 AM: Status of Youth Safety in Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-Being

9:00 AM: Break

9:15 AM: Research Report – Child Injury in Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan Prevention Institute

10:00 AM: Break

10:15 AM: Utilizing Multi-Agency Collaboration to Predict, Assess, and Manage Risk for Violence - Saskatoon City Police

11:00 AM: Break

11:15 AM: Youth Suicide - Learning from the North - Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth 

12:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM: Bridging Cultures: Settlement Challenges of Newcomer Youth - Saskatoon Open Door Society

1:45 PM: Networking

2:00 PM: Youth Workplace Injury Prevention - WCB

3:00 PM: Group Activity: Facilitated by Community Relations Coordinator - Saskatchewan Safety Council

Agenda - Workplace Safety Seminar - May 17, 2018

Seniors and Youth in the Workforce - $50 / $80

The Next Step is Education

Morning Session 9:00 AM: Overcoming Difficult Conversations - Elizabeth Teliz-McQuarrie

Afternoon Session 1:00 PM: Leveraging Technology to Improve Safety in the Workplace - Serese Selanders

Sponsorship Opportunities for Community Safety Seminar

Presenting Sponsor: All 3 Days - $8,000 (One Available)
Provides the "Event Day" recognition listed below on all three days of the event plus:Side Banner Website Ad

  • 1-Year Hyperlinked Side Banner Website Ad – All Available Council Webpages
                Value: $1,500.00
  • Mention in Event Media Release
  • Mention in 12 event related tweets – Leading up to and during events
  • Opportunity for company representative to speak during meal event

Event Day: $3500.00/day (Three Available)

  • 1-Year Hyperlinked Side Banner Website Ad – Event Landing Page
  • Value: $500.00
  • Hyperlinked Logo on Event Webpage
  • Main Stage Banner provided by the Saskatchewan Safety Council
  • Mention in Event E-News / Blog Post
  • Linked Mention in Event Facebook Post
  • Mention in 5 Event Day Tweets
  • Logo on Printed Agenda
  • Opportunity to Distribute Promotional Materials

Lunch: $1500.00/day (Three Available)

  • Lunch area signage provided by the Saskatchewan Safety Council
  • Mention in Event Blog Post
  • Mention in Event Facebook Post
  • Mention in 1 Event Day Tweet

Nutrition Breaks: $500.00/day (Three Available)

  • Nutrition area signage provided by the Saskatchewan Safety Council

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Speaker Details

Age Friendly Communities - Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism
Age-Friendly is a global movement started by the World Health Organization that “seeks to engage older citizens and their communities in making their communities better, healthier and safer places for seniors to live and thrive”.  Many of the same things that build communities which are safer, healthier places for all people will reduce isolation of older adults and reduce the risk of elder abuse. 

Canada’s senior population is growing.  This makes it more important than ever to support the health and wellbeing of older Canadians.  This way, seniors can lead healthy and active lives and stay involved in their communities.  Making communities “Age-Friendly” is one of the best ways to do this.

Many projects related to Age-Friendly Communities have been going on in Saskatchewan, leading to The Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism taking the lead in the initiative of Age-Friendly Saskatchewan. 

Michel Sorensen lives in Bulyea, Saskatchewan with her husband and three kids.

She has been the program coordinator for the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism since September 2016. She worked with seniors for many years in long term care settings. This experience helped her realize just how much she values seniors and their contributions to society. The position at SSM seemed a natural fit.

Through Age Friendly Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism joins the global movement of communities where policies, services, settings, and structures, support and enable people to age actively. Michel works with communities throughout Saskatchewan to promote Age Friendly ideals and actions.

Michel finds it very rewarding to see all the creative ways Saskatchewan communities are working towards becoming more Age Friendly. - Return to Agenda

Youth Suicide - Learning from the North - Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth
Youth suicide is an issue across the country and across all demographics. It is of particular concern in northern Saskatchewan and among our Indigenous youth. Much research has been done on the topic of youth suicide, yet publications featuring the voices of youth are less prevalent. In December 2017, the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth (ACY) released the report Shhh… LISTEN! We Have Something to Say: Youth Voices From the North. The purpose of this project was to engage with youth in northern Saskatchewan to hear directly from them why young people in their communities may be considering suicide and what is needed to prevent these tragedies. This session will highlight the findings of this report and Calls to Action identified by the youth. It will also discuss how the ACY will advocate for the choices of these youth at every level of government to help create the changes they say they need.

Corey O’Soup currently serves as Saskatchewan’s Advocate for Children and Youth. He was appointed on August 3, 2016, and assumed the position on November 1, 2016. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Corey is a member of the Key First Nation and becomes the province’s first First Nations Advocate. Corey and his wife Jacinda have five kids and he has an extensive career working on behalf of children and youth in his roles as a teacher, senior policy analyst for the FSIN, provincial superintendent for the Ministry of Education, senior manager for the Alberta Ministry of Education, executive director for Education/Post-Secondary Education and Training for the FSIN and as the First Nations and Métis advisor at the Ministry of Education. In that role, Corey was appointed by the Premier to take the lead on the government’s response to the fatal shooting at a school in La Loche in January of 2016. As the Advocate for Children and Youth, Corey says his priorities will be finding ways to reduce the number of First Nations and Métis youth in care. He also has a passion for improving mental health services in Saskatchewan, and especially in the north where he has promised a special report on the issues surrounding youth suicides. - Return to Agenda

Research Report – Child Injury in Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan Prevention Institute
Although the vast majority of injuries are predictable and preventable, deaths and hospitalizations due to injury continue to occur at high rates, especially in Saskatchewan. Data about injury-related deaths and hospitalizations of Saskatchewan children and youth will be shared, including types of injuries and the top causes of injury-related hospitalizations. The presentation will also include prevention tips and best practices to reduce the number of injury-related deaths and life-altering injuries occurring. 

Cara Zukewich is the Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. Cara’s role is to promote the importance of injury prevention for children across Saskatchewan. Developing injury prevention resources for professionals and caregivers using evidence-based information is a major aspect of her work. Cara works with communities to provide information, education, training, and communications on a variety of injury topics, such as child passenger safety, bicycle safety, playground safety, and home safety.

Jody Shynkaruk is a member of the Research and Evaluation Team at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, providing support to the Child Injury Prevention Program. Jody conducts literature reviews, environmental scans, and research reports and provides recommendations for future research areas.- Return to Agenda

Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being (SAYCW)
In 2015, SAYCW surveyed 9,230 youth from 116 SK schools in Grades 7-12. Results were disseminated in our Provincial Report, which is available online at The following presentation will highlight findings across several injury, prevention, and health themes, including: Sun Safety, Mental Health, Bullying, Self-harm & Suicide, Substance Use, Sexual Activity, and Perceived Supports & Assets. In addition to presenting the Cycle 1 Results, the new Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey (March, 2018) will be shared. Special emphasis will be placed on Prevention, Risk, and Injury; the new themes in this survey cycle; and the holistic structure of the survey. There will be time for questions, and we are eager to hear your ideas about the survey and the analyses that we should consider in our 2019 report. 

Ryan Flett is the Research Officer for the Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being (SAYCW). He earned his Master’s in Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida, and his Doctorate in Kinesiology at Michigan State University (specializing in youth psychosocial development, statistics and research methods). He has reviewed empirical submissions for 10 different journals, published 20 peer-reviewed articles, and has shared 30 empirical presentations and over a hundred applied presentations. Ryan is responsible with the development, implementation, analysis, and reporting of SAYCW’s Youth Health and Well-being Survey. - Return to Agenda


Saskatoon Open Door Society
Anita Ogurlu, Cultural Bridging Facilitator at the Open Door Society has lived abroad for over 25 years. She has worked in multinational corporations as an advertising executive. In 2005 she returned to academia completing a Master’s in Cultural Studies (Turkey, 2007) and PhD in Humanities and Cultural Studies (Birkbeck College, UK 2016). Anita Ogurlu has lectured in media and cultural studies, visual communication and aesthetics. She has presented at conferences across the globe.

Killian Fuh Forbeteh, Cultural Bridging Facilitator at the Open Door Society obtained his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Buea (Cameroon) in 2005, a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015, and a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Saskatchewan Polytechnic in 2018. In 2006, he moved to Denmark where he spent 7 years with his family. While in Denmark, he worked with the United Nations Environment Programme and the Aarhus Health Region. Killian immigrated to Canada (Montreal) in 2012 and then moved to Saskatoon in 2013. He has a strong commitment towards safety, is passionate about Indigenous health issues, enjoys soccer, and speaks more than 5 languages. 

Increasing immigration has significantly changed Canada’s demographic profile with many more immigrant seniors coming into the country. Coming from different cultures, immigrant seniors might experience some challenges navigating and understanding the Canadian culture. In addition to economic security and cultural challenges, newcomer seniors also face a variety of safety challenges in their homes, communities, and care homes. This presentation aims to highlight some of these safety challenges as a way of improving our understanding on how to navigate and assist seniors overcome these challenges. - Return to Agenda

Saskatchewan Health Authority - Senior Fitness, Importance of Fitness for the Aging
Physical activity is so important to lead a healthier life and to remain independent as long as possible. It’s time for us to take a proactive approach to our health and wellness.  Come to learn how to strengthen your body and your mind!
Forever…in motion is a health promotion strategy whose mission is to improve and/or maintain the health of older adults 50+ living in community through physical activity and education opportunities.  This program ensures that participants are being offered a safe physical activity program.

Kimberly Willison, BRS - Kimberly has a degree in Recreation Studies from the University of Manitoba with a minor in Kinesiology and an Option in Aging.  She has been working for the Saskatoon Health Region as a Recreation Therapist since 2000 and for the Forever…in motion program since 2008.  She has been teaching fitness classes for over 25 years is a Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Certified Fitness Instructor and Trainer in group fitness, aqua, strength training and older adult modules as well as a Master Trainer of Urban Poling/Nordic Walking and a Bone Fit Certified Instructor.  She was awarded SPRA Fitness Leader of the Year award in 2012 and the SARP Award of Merit in 2017. - Return to Agenda

Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan - Dementia Friendly Communities
People affected by dementia can encounter both social and physical barriers that impact their participation in community and increase their risk of social isolation. Communities can better support people affected by dementia to live well by addressing these barriers and becoming more inclusive, supportive, and accessible. At this presentation, attendees will learn about the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative, and how communities and individuals can get involved to create a more dementia friendly Saskatchewan. 

The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is the province’s leading non-profit providing support and information, education and awareness to people affected by dementia. As a partner in the Reducing Isolation of Seniors Collective (RISC), the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is undertaking projects that aim to reduce the social isolation of seniors in south and central Saskatchewan by raising awareness and understanding of dementia, reducing stigma, and supporting people affected by dementia to live well.

Abby Wolfe, BKin
Abby became the Public Awareness Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan in August 2016 after completing a fieldwork placement in the Society’s provincial office. Studying in Kinesiology fueled Abby’s passion for health promotion, and with a background in rural Saskatchewan, she is particularly excited about the opportunity to work on initiatives such as Dementia Friendly Communities and the ABC’s of Dementia warning signs campaign. - Return to Agenda

Serese Selanders - Leveraging Technology to Improve Safety in the Workplace
Keeping employees safe is critical to an organization's success. Workplace injuries can have a major impact to a company's bottom line and its reputation. With 31,000 injuries on the job every day in North America, it’s no surprise companies of all size are using innovative technology to improve and streamline the way they approach and implement safety initiatives. 

Technology is expanding faster today than ever before and has quickly become a part of our every day work life. Businesses can leverage these solutions to improve safety in the workplace.

This interactive session will explore how adding technology-based tools to your safety and risk management programs will help you maximize job performance, increase organizational efficiencies, reduce operational costs and protect your reputation. Topics will include:

  • Understanding how technology can play a role in improving workplace safety
  • Choosing solutions, even if you aren’t tech savvy
  • Avoiding pitfalls and successfully implementing innovative safety programs  
  • Learning about new and emerging technologies, some right here in our backyard!

Serese Selanders is the Founder and CEO of ORA. Due to challenges with her aging parents, Serese recognized that there was an opportunity to leverage technology to vastly improve the lives of older adults and better bridge the gap with their loved ones. As a result, she created ORA, an innovative personal safety alert device.

ORA has evolved to become a go-to safety product for a much wider group of people, including lone workers such as Inspectors, Realtors and Taxi Drivers. Serese has over 20 years business experience and is an active volunteer with several community organizations. - Return to Agenda

Elizabeth Teliz-McQuarrie - Overcoming Difficult Conversations
Too many times we find ourselves in the middle of a difficult conversation with our staff, colleague and or client. These conversations rob us of our energy and can poison our relationships and mindset. All of us react in different ways to these difficult conversations. Many of these conversation’s roots are in dealing with the growing generational gap, ethnic diversity and distinctive temperament styles. So how can you deal with these difficult conversations and still move forward with a safe and healthy workplace? By attending this session.

Session Takeaways:

  • New strategies for managing and overcoming difficult conversations.
  • Interactive ways to create a better mindset.
  • Knowledge of how your personal temperament can help or hinder your conversations.
  • Skills to prepare for a difficult conversation.
  • The 3 "No's" of a difficult conversation.
  • 3 keys to safely turn any difficult conversation into an effective conversation.
  • Ways to deal with generational gaps and ethnic diversity in difficult conversations.

Cumulatively, you will have a new set of tools to assist in the development of a culture of safety even with difficult conversations.

Elizabeth Teliz-McQuarrie believes that personal development and growth are keys to success in all areas of career and life. Her drive and passion is to encourage empowerment through increasing personal greatness. Elizabeth motivates people to connect with themselves, and each other, by understanding who they are and why they are here, in a way that fosters a personal state of greatness. Her empathic listening style and curious nature make her a sought-after coach and adviser. It’s amazing what we can do when we know and feel who we are! Learn more at - Return to Agenda

Saskatoon City Police
Violence prevention is a community responsibility.  It is essential for community partners to work together to promote and maintain safety, and to strive to prevent violence.  The Community Threat Assessment and Support Protocol (CTASP) supports collaborative planning among community partners to reduce violence and reflects safe, caring and restorative approaches.  It fosters timely sharing of information about individuals who pose a risk of violence towards themselves and/or others.  The CTASP promotes the development of supportive and preventive plans for lasting interventions.

Sergeant Erica Weber is a 14-year member with the Saskatoon Police Service and has worked in a variety of different areas including Uniform Patrol, Community Services, and Domestic Violence. She is presently the supervisor of the School Resource Unit and an instructor of the Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Model.  She is the primary police contact for the 19 partners who are a part of the Community Threat Assessment Support Team. Over the past 9 years she has collaborated with multi-agency teams and utilized the VTRA Model to provide early intervention, engage in violence prevention, participate in high risk assessments, and collaborate to create risk reducing supports. - Return to Agenda

Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board
Young workers are more likely to be hurt in the workplace than any other age group. They are hesitant to ask questions and are new to the world of work. Their lack of experience can make it difficult for them to recognize workplace hazards and it can be intimidating for them to speak up and ask questions.  This session will cover what WorkSafe Saskatchewan is doing around young worker injury prevention.

Ryan Coulthard currently works as an Account Manager in the Prevention Department at the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board. His other experience at the WCB includes 6 years in operational claims management working at various positions including Case Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist and Team Leader. He obtained a BA degree in Justice Studies from the University of Regina. Prior to working at the WCB he provided victim offender mediation at the Regina Alternative Measures Program. - Return to Agenda

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