Cornwall.ca — The City of Cornwall’s Parks and Recreation Department was recently recognized by the Red Cross for its efforts in promoting water safety.
Through annual campaigns, Red Cross promotes attitudes and practices to encourage the safe enjoyment of water activities throughout the summer months. As a Red Cross training partner, the City’s aquatic staff participated in the Red Cross Water Safety Public Education Contest to promote water safety at City facilities and throughout the community.
The City hosted a number of events including Drowning Prevention Day activities, a Seniors Trade Show and Theme Days at the outdoor pools. Roughly 600 residents participated in the various events throughout the summer and they received information on water safety, boating and open water safety, lifejackets & personal floatation devices (PFDs), backyard pool safety, diving and safe entries.
The details of the local events were submitted to the Red Cross Water Safety Public Education Contest, and Cornwall was one of three Ontario communities to be selected as winners. As a prize, the City was presented with 30 PFDs, whistles and lanyards from Lesley Anderson, Red Cross Program Representative (East and North Ontario).