The mission of the North Shore Safety Council (NSSC) is to promote Safety Awareness to the citizens of the North Shore; to assist the citizens of the North Shore to minimize or prevent injuries at work, home or in their leisure activities; to provide safety awareness and educational training, to work with and through local services and agencies. The objects of the Society are:
Educationally, the North Shore Safety Council teaches pedestrian and cycle safety to over 8,000 North Shore children in preschool and primary grades, and, by extension, their families. We partner with other agencies (school districts, private schools and Vancouver Coastal Health, North Shore) to present age-appropriate materials for older children and youth and therefore are an essential component to developing life-long healthy attitudes.
As an advisory body, the North Shore Safety Council acts as a hub for communication and as a sounding board on safety. The Safety Council meets eight times per year with departmental staff from all three North Shore municipalities, including Streets/Traffic, police, bylaw, and fire. These meetings are also attended by representatives from Vancouver Coastal Health, Workers Compensation, ICBC, and School Districts 44 and 45.
President and Treasurer
Tom Walker remembers NSSC traffic safety programs at Canyon Heights Elementary School in the 60’s! Tom is a member of the Safety Council since 1992. Tom is the current President and Treasurer of the North Shore Safety Council.
Directors at Large
Linda McCartney is a long-time Elmer instructor who now coordinates the Grade one Elmer program. She is a dedicated member of North Shore Safety Council.
Kulvir Mann is a mother of 2 children and lives in North Vancouver. She is a former PAC Chair and has been on the Safety Committee for many years at Canyon Heights School. She organizes a Crossing Guard Team consisting of students and parents at the school to keep the school zones safe. Due to safety concerns at the school and around the neighborhood, she and parents from the Handsworth Family of Schools formed North Shore Safe Routes Advocates – SRA and she is Co Chair. She started an initiative at her school with the school administration & teachers called “Freedom Friday” to encourage more students to walk and bike to school. It has been a huge success and NVSD has made a template for other schools to use at all district schools. She has also helped school with “Walk & Roll Events” for the whole month of May in coordination with Bike to School Week for the last 2 years. She currently is the North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council (NVPAC) Vice Chair and sits on both City of North Vancouver and District of West Vancouver Safety Committees. She is involved in lots of other North Shore Community programs and events. She has been a member of NSSCBC for the last 3 years and is excited to take on more of a role as a Director to promote safe routes to school and in all neighborhoods.
The pedestrian safety program (run in the fall) is most applicable to children with disabilities. There is no barrier to their inclusion in this program. The bicycle safety does not typically have a direct impact on children with disabilities since adapted bicycles usually require adult supervision.
North Shore Safety Council programs reach a range of cultural diversity insofar as the communities’ diversity is represented in the public and private schools, daycares and preschools. Since we are present in almost every classroom on the North Shore, and at numerous community event and festivals, we know that we reach a diverse population.
Safety Council programs are offered to schools and community groups at very low costs, and no classroom is denied a visit from Elmer because of a lack of funds. The interactive format of the classroom presentation is very effective at meeting children from varied socio-economic conditions.
Whenever Elmer visits a classroom, he encourages walking and cycling to work and school safely, therefore confidently, increasing the likelihood that more and more families will choose alternatives to car use.