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On behalf of Prevention & Safety, we would like to thank our valuable Training Partners for their support throughout the year. Their exceptional commitment to our Prevention & Safety programs helped us to reach over 2.4 million Canadians with First Aid, Swimming & Water Safety, and bullying prevention programs.

2017 will be an exciting year for the Canadian Red Cross with new systems and new programs launching. This is our final issue of eNews for 2016, so we want to take this opportunity to wish each of you the joy of family, the gift of friends, and the very best of everything in the New Year.

Program Updates

Lifeguard and Lifeguard Recertification Course knowledge evaluations revised
As part of our ongoing quality assurance practices, meant to protect the integrity of our programs and certifications, please be advised that the knowledge evaluations for the Lifeguard Course and Lifeguard Recertification Course have been revised. Note the skills and techniques included in the courses and corresponding knowledge evaluations remain the same.

Revised versions of the following are now available here:

My Red Cross > Water Safety > Lifeguarding > Program Tools:
  • Red Cross Lifeguard Knowledge Evaluation Exam Version A
  • Red Cross Lifeguard Knowledge Evaluation Answer Key Version A
  • Red Cross Lifeguard Knowledge Evaluation Exam Version B
  • Red Cross Lifeguard Knowledge Evaluation Answer Key Version B
  • Red Cross Pool Lifeguard Recertification Knowledge Evaluation Version A
  • Red Cross Pool Lifeguard Recertification Knowledge Evaluation Answer Key Version A
Training Partners are asked to discard all previous copies and begin using these new versions effective immediately.

Please contact your Swimming and Water Program Representative should you have any questions.

The Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan: opportunities to participate
The World Conference on Drowning Prevention will be held from October 17-19th, 2017 in Vancouver. The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition’s steering committee, a group the Red Cross is thrilled to be a part of, will report on the progress made with regards to the Ten Actions to Prevent Drowning, as outlined in the 2014 World Health Organization’s Global Report on Drowning.
Ahead of the Conference, the Coalition will tackle other crucial topics. The Red Cross is hopeful you will be able to join our working groups, lend your expertise, and find solutions. One particular challenge the Coalition faces is repositioning drowning as a public health issue, rather than a result of recreational pursuits. We are currently looking to build a dynamic Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan that will be revisited annually, so as to ensure Coalition partners – and Canadians – are on track when it comes to reducing drowning deaths.
Although water-related death rates have steadily decreased in Canada over the past two decades, the number of drownings in this country still remains high. Death related to drowning has claimed the lives of 2,392 Canadians in the past five years alone; nearly all of these deaths were preventable. The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition is now aiming to reduce drowning and water-related injuries in Canadians of all ages.
The Steering Committee includes representatives from: 
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Lifesaving Society
  • National Pool & Spa Council
  • National Marine Manufactures Association
  • Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition
  • Swimming Canada
  • and Dr. Steve Beerman
Please contact Shelley Dalke, Director – Swimming & Water Safety, via email at shelley.dalke@redcross.ca if you are interested in participating. The Canadian Red Cross will share more updates with you in the months ahead.

Swimming News from Nelson River
The Nelson River Aquatics Centre – located in Gillam, Manitoba, approximately 1,100 km northeast of Winnipeg – is our most northern year round Training Partner in friendly Manitoba. The town supports Manitoba Hydro’s power generating operations along the Nelson River before it opens into Hudson’s Bay. There are two full-time and two part-time staff members who operate the Nelson River Aquatics Centre. The Canadian Red Cross is thrilled to be working with NRAC now to ensure the pool supervisor is trained as a Water Safety Instructor Trainer and Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor.
Upcoming WSIT Courses for the first three months of the New Year:
30814309 January 13-15th,  2017 Barrie ON Friday January 13th  5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Jan 14th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday January 15th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30815818 February 17-19th, 2017 Belleville ON Friday February 17th  5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday February 18th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday February 19th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30815819 February 24-26th, 2017 Edmonton AB Friday February 24 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday February 25 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday February 26 9:00am-5:00pm 
30793654 March 10-12th, 2017 Montreal QC Friday March 10th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday March 11th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday March 12th 9:00am-5:00pm
30815822 March 10-12th, 2017 Burnaby BC Friday March 10th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday March 11th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday March 12th 9:00am-5:00pm
30815823 March 10-12th, 2017 Riverview NB Friday March 10th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday March 11th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday March 12th 9:00am-5:00pm
30793655 March 17-19th, 2017 Quebec QC Friday March 17th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday March 18th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday March 19th 9:00am-5:00pm
30815824 March 31 - April 2, 2017 Kitchener ON Friday March 31st 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday April 1st 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday April 2nd 9:00am - 5:00pm

Aquatic Programmer Courses for the first three months of 2017:
30824295 January 23-25, 2017 Edmonton AB Monday January 23rd 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday January 24th 9:00am-5:00pm  Wednesday January 25th 9:00am-5:00pm
30824296 January 27-29th, 2017 Victoria BC Friday January 27th 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday January 28th  9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday January 29th  9:00am-5:00pm
30824308 February 7th-9th, 2017 Mississauga ON Tuesday February 9th 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday February 10th 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday February 11th 9:00am-5:00pm
30824320 March 14-16, 2017 Calgary AB Tuesday March 14th  9:00pm-5:00pm
Wednesday March 15th 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday March 16th 9:00am - 5:00pm


Beyond the Hurt assists in success of National Bullying Prevention Week
The week of November 14, 2016 was National Bullying Prevention Week. The Canadian Red Cross traditionally uses that particular week in November to feature a school partner, a group of Youth Facilitators, or a school champion who has done some amazing work by using our Beyond the Hurt program in their School. We also use the week to promote awareness surrounding the upcoming Pink Shirt Day in February.
This year, we featured the Rutland Senior Secondary students in Kelowna, BC and their teacher Cindy Rhodes. We were fortunate to have some tremendous coverage surrounding this event. The media came out to support RSS Youth Facilitators in delivering workshops to Springvalley Middle School, which is an RSS feeder school partner. Both Beyond the Hurt and Healthy Youth Relationships are frequently delivered to great success in that area.
The media coverage of Cindy and her Youth Facilitators at Rutland Senior Secondary follows below.
Don't be a bystander (Castanet (Online))

Bullying Prevention (Global Okanagan (CHBC-TV))
Kelowna high school students impacted by bullying help younger peers (Global News (Online))

Bullying prevention program hits Kelowna middle schools (KelownaNow (Online))

Bullying Prevention (Global Okanagan (CHBC-TV))

Bullying Prevention (1150 CKFR Kelowna (CKFR-AM))

Bullying Prevention (1150 CKFR Kelowna (CKFR-AM))

Bullying Prevention (103.1 The Q103.1 Kelowna (CKQQ-FM))

NB curriculum now includes Healthy Youth Relationships
The Healthy Youth Relationships 9/10 Lesson Plan Package recently surfaced as a recommended resource. New Brunswick’s brand new Personal Development and Career Planning Curriculum for Grades 9 and 10 was recently published and now includes HYR as a tool that will support three of the curriculum’s specific learning outcomes. The NB Department of Education has purchased copies of the 9/10 Lesson Plan package for all of its high schools, which will ensure that all high school students in the province will be exposed to – and will have the opportunity to learn from – the Canadian Red Cross HYR program.

Outside the Box
MYRC > Training Partners > First Aid > Teaching Resources and Forms > Youth First Aid 2016
Youth First Aid
  • Youth Instructional Strategies
  • Facilitation Charter
  • Babysitting Sample Course Plan
  • Babysitter’s Self Quiz
  • Babysitter’s Interview Form and Checklist
  • Babysitter Report Card
  • Classroom Details Checklist
  • Participant Information From
  • Participant Check-In Form
  • StaySafe! Sample Course Plan
  • Skills Sheets Portfolio
  • StaySafe! Presentation – Part 1
  • StaySafe! Presentation – Part 2
  • Babysitting Presentation – Part 1
  • Babysitting Presentation – Part 2
MYRC > First Aid > Program Information > Fact Sheets > First Aid/CPR/AED Courses
  • Babysitter
  • Stay Safe!
MYRC > First Aid > Program Information > Fact Sheets > First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Courses
  • Youth Leader

MYRC Training Partners > Program Standards
  • Youth First Aid Program Standards November 2016
MYRC > Training Partners > First Aid > Marketing Tools> Advertisements
  • Print Ad – Stay Safe! Course (8.5x5.5)
  • Print Ad – Babysitting Course (8.5x5.5)  
MYRC > Training Partners > First Aid > Marketing Tools> Web Banners
  • Youth First Aid (GIF, 413 KB)  

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