Safe Community Wood Buffalo’s (SCWB) annual flagship event, Family Safety Day will be hosted on Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Holy Trinity High School parking lot. Last held in 2019 – portions of the free event will also be in the gym.
A charitable organization, SCWB was founded in 1992. The group works with “community stakeholders to bring safety programming to the region.”
Family Safety Day is a trade show style drop-in event. It features industry, social profit and municipal partner booths such as Regional Emergency Services, and the RCMP. Other activities include a bike rodeo, helmet fitting, fire trucks, buses as well as police cruisers to explore.
“Our main mission is to make Wood Buffalo the safest region in Canada to live, learn, work and play,” noted Mikayla Bennett, Community Engagement Coordinator with Safe Community Wood Buffalo.
“There’s something for everyone at the event. With the Regional Emergency Services and the RCMP – we’ll have fun community heroes the kids love to interact with,” added Bennett, who has been with the organization for three-and-a-half years.
“The kids will have activities to do and demonstrations to watch, the whole family will take away safety information for all aspects of their lives from fire safety to riding bikes and what to do when a power line is down (Atco’s demonstration is really cool). We will have a helmet trade- in and fitting table with a bike rodeo, so the kids are encouraged to bring bikes or scooters and their helmets to ride through and learn about proper hand signals from Bylaw.”
“There will be an event bingo card/passport that can get filled out and provides an entry for draws at the end of the day. We will also be running a car seat clinic for Buckle Up Wood Buffalo, and we are taking sign-ups and walk-ins if there is room. People can book using this link: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=16561479. Children are encouraged to dress as their favourite superhero or everyday hero when they attend. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic and water and enjoy getting out at our first major outdoor event in two years,” said Bennett.
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