March Meeting Summary
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 12:00-1:35 PM,
Delbrook Community Centre, Oak Room, North Vancouver BC


1. SLOW DOWN NORTH SHORE - survey results and follow up
2. Updates from Agency representatives and members
3, Planning for the future - discussion on process and timeline
4. New Business/additional agenda items

Attendees: Natalie Corbo, TDM, City of North Vancouver; Sgt. Peri Mainwaring, RCMP; Jo-Anne Burleigh,
Vancouver Coastal Health; Amanda Nichol, North Vancouver PAC; Kulvir Mann, Canyon Height PAC,
North Shore SRA; Carol Sartor, NSSC Member; Claire Arnold, Boundary School PAC, NSSC Member;
George Koch, NSSC Directors at Large; Vivienne Megas, NSSC Secretary, Communication
Coordinator; Tom Walker, NSSC President

1. SLOW DOWN NORTH SHORE - survey results and follow up:

Tom Walker: As in the name, 'Safety Council', NSSC can represent many areas of safety, such as
earthquake, water, fire, skateboarding and mountainbiking and skin protection. Unfortunately, we cannot cover
everything. The utmost concern currently is traffic speed and road safety for all: driver, pedestrian and cyclist.
In January, we held a SLOW DOWN NORTH SHORE Forum. Dr, Lysyshyn from Vancouver Coastal Health
gave a keynote speech followed by presentations from the Panel members including:
Councillor Mathew Bond, City of North Vancouver; Councillor Linda Buchanan, City of North Vancouver;
Councillor Christine Cassidy, District of West Vancouver; Sgt. Bryce Petersen, NVRCMP; Cst. Jeff Palmer,
West Vancouver Police Department; Tony Valente, Chair of HUB North Shore; and Carol Sartor, HASTe BC.
The key idea was to increase awareness of safe driving and safe equitable mobility, ideally at a slower speed
of 30km/h. The event was advertised through libraries, coffee shops, NVPAC (North Vancouver Parent
Advisory Council) and the School District 44 website. We also got news media’s coverage through Global TV
and CBC News. There were 90 people in attendance, out of the 97 tickets issued through the Evenbrite
ticketing website. It was a good turn-out. However, because the event was held in the council chamber of the
District of North Vancouver, most people mistook it for a 30km/h implementation forum.
A survey was sent out to all the attendees.
When ask whether they feel reluctant to walk due to excess speed in their neighbourhood; children and the
elderly aren’t safe to walk. Answer: Yes.
As for Safe Active Transportation Suggestions:
50% agreed to lower speed;
40% agreed to traffic calming;
60% agreed to increased enforcement of walking and street safety.
NSSC has opened up discussion about the SLOW DOWN speed concept and will continue to talk at meetings,
to make delegations to city councils, to collaborate with ICBC, to attend municipal transportation committees,
to raise awareness through social media and to encourage people to come to NSSC meetings.
Tom expressed: “As a social hook to engage people, I am pleased with the fact that we started the discussion
on equitable mobility. Through networking with all who have a similar vision, I hope to keep the dialogue going
and to bring the idea to the national front.
Tom announced that JoAnne Burleigh of Vancouver Coastal Health will be joining the NSSC board in March.
Harvey Kooner of ICBC is currently on the road and cannot not be present. Tom then gave the floor to Carol
Sartor, who walked us through the findings from the Slow Down survey.

Carol Sartor: Carol provided an overview of the findings from the Slow Down North Shore Survey Data (for
the result details, please see the documents, below, provided by Carol, from the survey).

2. Updates from Agency representatives and members:

Carol Sartor: Carol mentioned that every school should have a Code of Conduct that includes safe and caring
behaviour. Kids know the rules. They learn them at school. Parents are the hardest one to get to. Physical
Literacy testing is happening at schools. Carol also suggested getting Elmer out with Escape Adventures. The
District of West Vancouver lauched “West Van Teenz Bus It!” to encourage teens to learn about the benefits
of travelling by bus and about bus etiquette, providing GoPlaces! Maps, information on the Compass Card, as
well as resources and apps.

Amanda Nichol: At Braemar Elementary, half of the parents want to enforce the rules. JoAnne Burleigh of
Vancouver Coastal Health and Amanda are both on the physical literacy committee. The committee
comprises of partner groups such as NVRC, the school district, sport council, NVPAC, Coastal Health, and
many others. The committee is looking for a charter and are also in the hope that the municipalities will
consider getting on board.

Claire Arnold: Claire questioned how to deal with difficult drivers. Very often, parents stop in the middle of the
road, either to drop off or pick up their child(ren).

Sgt. Peri Mainwaring, RCMP: The perception of “I can stop here in my car, and it's not against the rules", is
wrong. Sgt. Mainwaring suggested taking down the driver’s information, along with a witness. Then let the
police follow-up. Some school are good at doing it but some are not. It’s best not to get into any conflict. No
one wants to be hurt. The traffic gets busy after 8 am. Sgt. Mainwaring suggested involving volunteers from
Boundary and Westview Schools to set up booths to enforce traffic safety.

Natalie Corbo: The City is doing all the school traffic/street signage.

Tom Walker: Parents feel safer driving their children, than allowing them to walk. Parents have conflicts themselves. Most schools do not have a Safe and Caring School Committee. Perhaps, creating a charter policy throughout the
School District would help ease some of the bad feelings and correct misconceptions. It would make it easier
for the parent volunteers to do their job. There should be one set of rule across the board.

Kulvir Mann: The majority of drivers think that only they are entitled to use the road, forgetting to respect
other road users, who also have the right to use the road. Next week is Freedom Friday. Once again, Canyon
Heights Elementary School is having a Safety Blitz for the week with DNV Fire, NVRCMP, DNV
Bylaws/Community Policing and ICBC in attendance. Jane Thornthwaite, MLA, North Vancouver Seymour,
CNV Mayor Darrell Mussatto and CNV Councillor Linda Buchanan will also be stopping by.
March is Districted Driving month.

Jo-Anne Burleigh: JoAnne mentioned that there is funding available from the Ministry, geared toward the
“children need food”, the North Shore Community Food Charter, with collaboration from Table Matters and
multiple community partners. Food, in particular breakfasts, are served to needy children.

3. Planning for the future - discussion on process and timeline:
NSSC is moving into a planning phase for the future. Tom asks if anyone has connections with schools or
community associations. He will be attending the next general meeting at Blueridge Community Association
and will be presenting the Slow Down North Shore findings. NSSC needs to reach out to other societies,
associations, schools and school PAC(s) and committees.
Also, NSSC is looking for a consultant who can help NSSC walk through strategic planning, be it a retiree or
someone who can spare some time to do research, and to design and draft a strategic planning process.

Sgt. Peri Mainwaring, RCMP: Sgt. Mainwaring asks for a description of the consulting position.

4. Adoption of the October-2016 and February 2017 meeting notes: Postponed to the next meeting in April

5. Next meeting: Thursday, April 6 meeting resheduled to:
Thursday, June 1, at New Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, Oak Room

6. Meeting adjourned: 1:15PM

Slow Down North Shore Survey Data Review
Carol Sartor – NSSC Member at Large
On January 23rd, 2017, the North Shore Safety Council held a Reducing Neighbourhood Speed Reduction Forum at
District of North Vancouver Council Chamber. The event was advertised to the community through the North
Shore News, Posters / Banners, School District 44 & 45, Parent Advisory Council and Community Associations.
The event received media attention from Global News, North Shore News, Twitter, to name a few.
There were 97 tickets reserved and approximately 90 in attendance.
The speakers were:
Sgt. Bryce Petersen, North Vancouver RCMP – the role of enforcement in pedestrian / cyclist safety
Iona Bonamis, City of North Vancouver Transportation Planner – was to discuss the CNV’s educational campaign
“Look-Think-Go” to promote sharing the road. She was unable to attend, and was replaced with Carol Sartor.
Carol Sartor, HASTe BC – reviewed the work in the City of North Vancouver and West Vancouver by HASTe to
encourage more active school trips.
Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, Chief Medical Officer, Vancouver Costal Health – Share the benefits to increasing active
transportation on our health and the impact of speed on injury severity.
The Panel discussion consisted of:
 Councillor Linda Buchanan – City of North Vancouver
 Councillor Mathew Bond – District of North Vancouver
 Councillor Christine Cassidy – West Vancouver District
 Tony Valente – North Vancouver HUB Chair
 Carol Sartor – HASTe BC
 Sgt. Bryce Petersen , North Vancouver RCMP
 Constable Jeff Palmer, West Vancouver Police Department
 Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, Chief Medical Officer, Vancouver Costal Health
After a brief panel discussion, the microphone was open to the floor for attendees to comment on speed
reduction to increase safety for those using active transportation. The line up was quite long but panel and
audience were willing to stay to voice their concerns.
All participants were invited to complete a survey, 40 were done online and 10 by paper which were manually
entered resulting in 55% participation.
Participants were asked what they found most interesting about the forum and all their comments are attached
but here are a few quotes:
 Statistics and podium for public comments
 The opportunity to congregate and address this problem
 Some misunderstandings cleared up. e.g., fatalities/causes
 Statistics regarding speed correlated to accidents and injuries
 Opening comment that in emergencies people revert to early learned behaviour (e.g., driving on the left side
of the road). Getting diverse viewpoints (policing, politicians, public). Great as general introduction to topic
and issue. Taking personal responsibility rather than relying on others to protect us should be important
message in educating both pedestrians and drivers.
 The fact that a dialogue was happening.
 Just having representatives there listening (& hopefully, HEARING) our concerns
 The police officers' statistics and viewpoints.
 Raising the issue to this level
 Speed doesn't seem to be the cause of pedestrian fatalities
 Our streets are safer than the provincial average
Asked what was the least useful:
 Comments by West Van RCMP were not relevant, and I didn't feel he supported the cause.
 If you are going to hold a "forum", then attendees need sufficient time to contribute. Otherwise, just call it a
presentation. More moderation was required. Also, the participants on the panel did not debate the
pros/cons. If everyone on the panel is in support of 30km/h everywhere, then again, it's not a forum for
discussion - it's a presentation.
 Endless fear mongering (i.e., “But what about the children?!?”) without a display of extensive statistical data.
 1 Some terms needed to be clarified, e.g., residential road, feeder road. Some attendees appeared to believe
the suggested 30k/h was for all of the NS except the Highway.
 Length of panel presentation.
 Most of it. Your premise is flawed. You start with the statement - WHEN a pedestrian collision occurs. The
priority should first be to reduce the WHEN. That involves Engineering and the panel had no representation
from there.
 Victim-blaming and shaming in the name of safety. No direct representation by Vision Zero in person or via
Skype conference.
 The politicians making political statements rather than presenting helpful information or opinions
 Other than the 3 presenters, the rest of the panel at the front did not need to waste time making their mini
presentations. Lost too much time on that. They were fine to be there to answer audience questions, if
 The police downplaying the seriousness of the problem
 Haste's "vision zero" etc utopia ideal, the world does not work that way
Overall opinion was that is was a great start to the discussion that requires more investigation from all the key
stake holders and the public want to be one of the key stakeholders.
Asked if speed is an issue in their neighbourhood, 62% - yes and 38% - no. Whether it is perceived or reality
residents feel that cars are traveling too fast on their streets. However, 80% of participants stated it did not stop
them from walking or cycling. When asked if it deterred others from using active transportation, 56% - yes.
Asked what actions should be perused to increase safety on our roadways:
 Lower speed limits on "collector" roads (e.g., side streets) 25 50%
 Install traffic calming (stop signs, speed bumps, etc.) 23 46%
 Make streets safer for pedestrians, wheelchairs and bikes (sidewalks, bikes lanes) 33 66%
 Education and awareness for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers 34 68%
 Increased enforcement 30 60%
 Other 25 50%
This being the start of a dialog, participates stated it should continue via:
 I wish to join the North Shore Safety Council, and be notified of future events. 16 32.7%
 I will engage with my school Parent Advisory Council 9 18.4%
 I will engage with my community association 20 40.8%
 This will be a topic around our dinner table and amongst our friends. 28 57.1%
 Other 21 42.9%
The North Shore Safety Council should take the following next steps to continue this dialog:
 When data is approved by executive – share with those who participated in the forum
 Share data through social media (little morsels every few day with cute visuals)
 Delegations at all 3 council meetings
 Attend community association meetings (where welcome)
 Provide District PAC and School PACs with information to share with school community
 Present at West Vancouver and North Vancouver School Board
 Invite Vision Zero consultants to a NSSC Executive Meeting to work together on solutions to road safety that
include engineering, enforcement, education, and encouragement.
 Have North Shore News and Global News run a follow up story on our next steps.
 Unite with Parachute, Costal Health, ICBC and HASTe to share a united Share the Road campaign
 Leverage the Canadian Safety Council to distribute the message nationally, we are not alone in the increase of
pedestrian collisions. The louder the voice the more it spreads



February Meeting Summary
Thursday, February 2, 2017, 12:00-1:35 PM,
North Vancouver District Public Library, Capilano Branch

1. Slow Down North Shore Forum debriefs and next steps
2. City of North Vancouver Schools Bike Safety and Skills program - report and need for volunteers
3. Brainstorm around contracts and contractors for Life Cycles this Spring

Attendees: Sgt. Bryce Petersen, RCMP; Iona Bonamis, Transportation Planner, City of North Vancouver; Sgt. Peri
Mainwaring, RCMP; Amanda Nichol, North Vancouver PAC; Kulvir Mann, Canyon Height PAC, North
Shore SRA; Carol Sartor, NSSC Member; Fiona Walsh, North Shore HUB Cycling; Claire Arnold,
Boundary School PAC, NSSC Member; Linda McCartney, NSSC Board of Director; Vivienne Megas,
Communication Coordinator; Tom Walker, NSSC President

1. Introductions:
Tom Walker welcomed Iona Bonamis, TDM Coordinator of City of North Vancouver, and Sgt. Bryce Petersen,
RCMP, and expressed appreciation to Sgt. Petersen and Carol Sartor for sitting on the panel at the Slow
Down North Shore Forum. Building on feedback and responses from the recent Slow Down North Shore
Forum, NSSC hopes to explore ways to continue drawing people's attention to road safety and the important
impact of traffic speed. Tom referenced the article published by North Shore News last week which stated that,
by slowing down, drivers allow time to see other road users and to operate their vehicle in a more positive
road-safe manner. Two Paul Simon songs, The 59th Street Bridge Song and The Sound Of Silence, resonated
the concern we have on speed and traffic. Not speaking about it does not mean that it is okay; people hear
what they want to hear and disregard the rest. The suggested 30km/h speed limit is merely a number. Slow
Down North Shore is the actual mission. As always, NSSC acts as the sounding board. Any coalition to
broaden the idea would be helpful to bring about change in the future.

2. Round Table Discussion:

Carol Sartor: Carol reported there were 40 out of 90 registered attendees who responded to the online
survey. It is about living in a safer, healthier negihbourhood. Drivers need to slow down to see other road
users and take the responsibility to learn about the impact of speed. She refered to the road-sharing campaign
by the City of North Vancouver and the launch of Talk with Teens, on the benefit of taking public transit, by the
District of West Vancouver. ICBC has a practice test on their website. Carol suggested having children ask
their parents to do the practice test to refresh their knowledge of active transportation and road safety.
Linda McCartney: People interpret the law the way they want, but the rules are written in the legislation. Not
much has changed in the last 35 years. Someone hit by a car going 50km/h risks being killed. Stress the
point: “Follow the Rule”. The seeds have been planted. It is important to see change; if not immediately,
hopefully soon. Give out Slow Down stickers to kids; empower them to advocate; have them take the stickers
home to parents to put on dashboards. The new combined pathway on Grand Boulevard is an ideal place for
young mothers to take their child(ren) to ride bikes and to teach them road safety.

Fiona Walsh: Fiona showed her appreciation for NSSC hosting the Slow Down North Shore Forum, rather
than the RCMP. The roads were designed 50 years ago for vehicles, but the trend of cycling has changed the
way we use roads. Motorists only see things through their windshields; but cyclists think more like a
pedestrian. The idea of lowering speed to 30km/h is good, although we know people will go at 40km/h or
higher. Fiona mentioned the LOOK THINK GO campaign, initiated by the City of North Vancouver. The
campaign stresses respect for all road users: drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Fiona suggested trimming the
roadside over-grown hedges to allow for more visibility.

Amanda Nichol: The THINK campaign in the UK on road safety is very similar to the campaign that the City
of North Vancouver launched. “It’s 30 for a reason,” according to THINK. It is better to be 2 minutes late than
to have an accident. Use the Slow Down sticker on the dashboard as a reminder. The key to getting
volunteers is that a parent has to be passionate and supportive of the idea. They may not have the
confidence, so a ready-made package can be helpful. It takes time to meet with the right people. It’s not going
to happen just because you have a good cause.

Claire Arnold: Claire pointed out that there is no mutual respect among drivers. We are teaching kids rules,
but what the children can see and learn from a parent is the opposite. Drivers back into pedestrians or
cyclists; they don't allow other drivers to merge into their lane; they even get mad at the driver in front and
start tailgating, as a way to seek vengeance. Some drivers are distracted, using a cell phone, or, even worse,
watching a video while driving. Some parents are breaching the law. Claire asked about results from the
Traffic Safety Survey.

Sgt. Bryce Petersen: NSSC has the privilege to step outside of the box to look at education factors and help
people to see things differently. The North Shore does not have a fatality rate on cyclists. Injuries to cyclists
are often not reported. The RCMP tries to target areas that indicate a trend. There has been a 20% drop in
collisions over the years. Accidents occur mostly in the core areas rather than small streets or on arterials.
ICBC would not issue a ticket if a driver is only going 10km/h over the posted speed limit. As for overgrown
hedges and bushes situated on city or district land, residents should not be doing the trimming. They should
call upon the municipalities.

Iona Bonamis: Iona talked about the LOOK THINK GO campaign. While she was traveling in Europe, she
noticed how respectful people were on the road and that is how the idea of the campaign was born. Since
there are more walking and cycling facilities available, people are using active forms of transportation more
often. The campaign intends to bring awareness to all pedestrians, cyclists, scooter users, skateboarders and
motorists, to be more proactive about safe travel practices and to show respect for other road users. The
campaign message emphasizes: Be Cautious; Be Courteous; Be Safe and Focused; and Be Predictable and
Visible. The 3 videos, produced by UBC students, show a sense of humour. Other than the videos, Bike Road
Markings and Signs as well as posters are being created for marketing. In response to Claire’s query on the
Traffic Safety Survey, a summary report will be posted on the City of North Vancouver’s website under School
Travel Survey Results.

Tom Walker: Children in kindergarten and Grade 1 are very keen to see Elmer. We are very fortunate to be
able to keep the Elmer logo from the BCAA Foundation. There will be more lessons in the Spring on skills and
safety, an inaugural program funded by the North Shore Municipalities, involving 4 schools, for 6 sessions
each. Student volunteers in the Leadership Program are encouraged to take part and parent volunteers are
also very welcome on those days. All 3 secondary schools, Carson Graham, Sutherland, and St. Thomas
Aquinas, had very positive responses. To reinforce the road safety message, NSSC will be looking into doing
outreach at community events and speaking with parents. NSSC has reached out to 2 groups so far and will
also be contacting the school districts, school parent advisory councils and community associations. NSSC
would like to see the road safety education expanded to incorporate the intermediate grades and to make
representation to associations. We want the conversation to continue. We want people to know that NSSC is
not a lobbying group, but an educational body. NSSC is looking for a keen member who is willing to take on
the role of representing NSSC, as a guest at the city/district council meetings.
Tom also mentioned the Translink Fare survey as well as the recent winter accidents that left someone
paralyzed, and another housebound due to a fall, walking to a bus-stop.

Kulvir Mann: Regarding volunteer helpers, Kulvir suggested getting parents from the 4 schools to volunteer.

3. Adoption of the October-2016-meeting-summary: Postponed to March 2017 Meeting

4. Next meeting: March 2, 2017, Thursday at 12 noon, Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, Oak Room

5. Meeting adjourned: 1:35PM

Meeting Agneda for Thursday, March 2, 2017 (12:00-1:30PM)
Oak Room, Delbrook Community Recreation Centre
600 Queens Road West, North Vancouver BC

1. SLOW DOWN NORTH SHORE - survey results and follow up
2. Planning for the future - discussion on process and timeline
3, Updates from Agency representatives and members
4. New Business/additional agenda items - please contact Tom, at, prior to the meeting


October Meeting Summary
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PM, Delbrook RecCentre

Attendees: Susannah Howick, Canyon Heights Elementary; Carol Sartor, Haste/ North Shore SRA; Heather
Batchelov, Waypoint Insurance; Joan Currie, NSSC Director at Large; George Koch, NSSC
Director at Large; Linda McCartney, NSSC Director at Large; JoAnne Burleigh, VCH; Carma
Stevens, Boundary Elementary; Martyn Schmoll, Canyon Heightw PAC/ North Shore SRA; Kulvir
Mann, Montroyal Elementary/ NVPAC/ North Shore SRA; Clair Arnold, Boundary Elementary
PAC; Katarina Stevoic, District of West Vancouver; Cyndi Gerlach, SD44 Trustee; Sgt. Bryce
Peterson, North Vancouver RCMP; Fiona Walsh, HUB-North Shore; Erin MacNair, North Shore SRA/
Highland Elementary

1. Introductions and presentationWelcome speech from Tom Walker, NSSC President:
Tom provided a slide show on the past seasons of community events that NSSC and Elmer attended.
Due to staffing issues, a few of the events, initially planned, had to be cancelled. However, the Coho Festival
was a huge success. A lot of children participated in the safety quiz and a lot of prizes were given out. The
theme for the October meeting is Focus-on-School – a time for school-related safety concerns to be heard
and success stories to be celebrated.
Elmer has been steering road safety training for decades and educated many children, some of whom are
now grown adults. Elmer intends to strive on to help build a safer community by providing a tool and
resource to advocate for safety awareness and safety issues and concerns. Our contract with the City of
North Vancouver was reactivated, which helps in expanding the intermediate bike program to 8 schools and
four more in the Spring of 2017.
Not all schools have a safety committee. Tom opened up the discussion on:
- How to generate, initiate, create an atmosphere that is committed to road safety training; and
- Education around schools, so as to develop their own program at their own school.

2. Summary of June 4, 2016 meeting: Adopted as circulated.


Tom Walker: Who can we and how do we encourage more schools to get involved?
How to take this concept to better communicate between schools and PACs and school trustees?
Sometimes, we just have to take initiatives to do them. And then, there is the training and education on
concussion that has been in discussion for quite some time.

Carol Sartor: Carol reported on the great success of Bike-To-School Week in May.
Three schools from SD44 (Westview, Queen Mary, Ridgeway) and 3 West Vancouver schools participated in
5 bike rodeo places, with the support from ICBC and the North Vancouver Recreation Commission. It was a
great turnout.
Carol met with West Bay School parents and provided ideas and strategies on assisting with kids' drop-offs
at the school.
Carol believes that parents need to have the mindset to create opportunities for change. For instance,
conversation can happen between parents to arrange a play date. Parents need to realize that driving in a
car disconnects people from the outside world, the school community. Parents need to believe walking has
health benefits and can be a social event for parents and kids.
Carol also mentioned the following:
- The Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference took place in September. It looked into possible ways to
making our place a safe place in our community. It also covered bike standard education.
- Boundary School is interested in joining the bike safety program.
- Focus has been on schools, but we need to make it into the community, to enforce changing bad driving
behaviour, such as not stopping at crosswalk and also speeding in a school zone
- Empowering kids by arranging a sign-out process at school, allowing children to walk home.
- Since more parents are working, they could arrange a walking group and take turns walking children to
school; but some people are not yet comfortable leaving their precious child with others. However, once
kids started walking, they will all come together.
- Choose a route, create data and compare the time in driving and in walking to school.
- Children need to learn to make eye contact with drivers, when crossing a road.

JoAnne Burleigh: Safe Routes To School falls under pedestrian safety; and concussions are currently an important subject at
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). In February, Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, Medical Health Officer at VCH, launched
the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT, for medical and school professionals,
parents, players and coaches. The training tool was developed in partnership by the BC Ministry of Health
and the Ministry of Education. JoAnne is looking into the process of having the concussion information
posted on the VCH website with details of online courses, tools and resources.

Cyndi Gerlach: Cyndi made a suggestion to arrange a presentation to the School Board with different perspectives -- hiring
a crossing guard or having Grade 7's walk with younger kids, instead of parents.

Susannah Howick: Susannah pointed out that getting students involved leads to liability concerns:
- Who will organize it? What about before and after school curriculum?
- Would developing a Walking-School-Bus or having a paid crossing guard be an alternative?

Martyn Schmoll:
- Freedom Friday at Canyon Height School was very successful. The Walk-And-Roll data was published. The
program was disseminated by CBC Radio to Burnaby and other school districts and eventually shared on
new school district websites.
- Some people may be upset if a traffic ban is imposed in school zones. People may want to take the issue to
the media
- This year, there is an increase over last year of parents walking their kids to school. Instead of 5 people, now
there are 10 people. The school has a great role to play in this.
Erin MacNair: Parents do not want to make commitments -- likely due to liability concerns. Parents need to get
over this.

Linda McCartney: Perhaps, there are parents who can walk with the children.

Clair Arnold: It’s hard to replace a parent volunteer once they move on.

Tom Walker: Tom pointed out that Hillcrest Avenue is a 40kph zone, but people are driving at 50kph and higher,
ignoring the law. How do we stop some careless, non-thinking drivers? Is there anything that can be done
about the school routes for the period from 8 to 9 am? How do we change driver attitude around “speed”?
How do we get the schools to buy into the conversation?

Linda McCartney: Draw all parent advisory councils and parents together to talk about school safety concerns, as we do here at NSSC.

Cyndi Gerlach: People are driving on side streets as though they were on a highway. For instance, on
29th Street eastbound, up the hill and down to Williams Avenue, people go 120kph in a 40-50kph zone.

Sgt. Bryce Peterson: Between the 2 bridges, there are roughly 140,000 trips/day, which will increase to 170,000 trips/day by 2020.
There is no immediate plan for replacement of the bridges, until the municipalities are certain of what they
want to do.
- Depends on how a street is set up, some may benefit from the addition of speed humps or traffic circles; but
some may just be better off left as is.
- ICBC had some contest a few years ago on a few different topics. They have the ability to put it out to high
schools and elementary schools under different categories.
- Starting Monday, Oct 17th, a 3-month educational awareness campaign will be launched. The campaign is to
help change the public’s behaviour at intersections and to enforce proper road rules on drivers, cyclist and
pedestrians. The campaign is also to ensure roadways and crosswalks remain safe for both motorists and
pedestrians. Traffic officers will be at various intersections handing out educational awareness pamphlets.
One could get fined $121 for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device and $109 for Failure to Use a Cross

Martyn Schmoll: Developers could incorporate a bike lane design into a new development, increase engineered diversions and
decrease speed friction.

Erin MacNair: Erin made note of using “fear tactics” via newsletter, such as: Hit by a car at 30kph and survived. Hit by a car
at 50kph and died.
- Parents may listen to their child, but not to others telling them what to do. Carol did a study in the
community on safety movies. Have them posted on school website or view them at Centennial Theatre.
Fiona Walsh: Fiona suggested having meetings with school principles to work together.

Susannah Howick: Involving class time will require developing a new school curriculum. This is where I need Denika to get
involved, to create a curriculum around it, to get started. We could build on that.

4. Linda McCartney presented Claire Arnold with a farewell gift in appreciation of her teaching the Elmer
Program. Claire is leaving her post for another venture.

5. Tom Walker hopes to have some other initiative this fall. Tom reminds of the annual general meeting which
will be in December and NSSC is looking for new members.

6. Meeting adjourned: 1:35pm

7. Next meeting: February 2, 2017 at 12 noon, Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, Oak Room

NORTH SHORE SAFETY COUNCIL Agenda for Thursday, February 2, 2017,
12:00-1:30PM, Delbrook Community Recreation Centre
1. Introductions
2. Adoption of October 2015 Meeting Summary
3. Business arising from October 2015 Summary
4. Correspondence
5. Slow-Down North Shore Forum debriefs and next steps
6. City of North Vancouver Schools Bike Safety and Skills program - report and need for volunteers
7. Updates
8. Next meeting: April 6, 2017



Thursday, December 3, 2015, 12:00-1:30 PM, Delbrook RecCentre

1. Call to Order            12:02 PM

2. Agenda        The Agenda was adopted as presented.

3. In Attendance:

Present: Tom Walker, NSSC President; Joan Currie; Linda McCartney; George Koch; Catherine Yong; Vivienne Megas, NSSC Communication Coordinator; Karen Nordquist, NVPAC and North Shore SRA; Kulvir Mann, Canyon Height PAC and North Shore SRA; and Amber Zhao, Highland Elementary Safety Committee Representative; H. Goetsch, Safety Consultant

Agency/Government Representatives: Harvey Kooner, ICBC Road Safety; Renate Sitch, City of North Vancouver; Fiona Walsh, HUB North Shore,; Carol Sartor, Haste BC; Jo-Anne Burleigh, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) North Shore, and Sgt. Warren Wilson, RCMP


Mr. Tom Walker welcomes all who attend the AGM. He provides a brief history of the organization and an overview of the purposes of the organization – finding ways to promote road safety and accident prevention as well as providing advice and making recommendations to local government and industry. NSSC Road Safety Programs includes Elmer the Safety Elephant, Pedestrian Skills and Safety, Bicycle Skills and Safety, Safety Superheroes, and Bike Rodeo. NSSC often partners with VCH and ICBC and other organizations. Funding from the three North Shore munipalities through their Community Grants, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) grants, and a Small Neighbourhood Community Grant have been great financial resources in the operations of the educational programs and other festival and community events. NSSC holds meetings every second month at noon. NSSC welcomes members from all diverse groups, such as school parent advisory councils, provincial health agencies, police force, school administrators and educators, municipal council members, advocacy groups and private consultants.           

4. Adoption of Summary of 2014 Annual General Meeting

Moved: Hardy Goetsch. Second: Joan Currie and Carried

That the Summary of December 4, 2014 Annual General Meeting be adopted

5. Annual Reports:

President’s Annual Report – Tom Walker:

Partnership is an oft-overused term these days, but it well describes the way the North Shore Safety Council has always functioned, and that has never been more evident that it was this past year.

Public festivals has been a strategic direction for the North Shore Safety Council for several years now, and our Elmer mascot made his public debut last summer at Lynn Valley Day, with internal propulsion provided by Ryan McRae, one of our Bike Rodeo leaders. He made appearances at several Back to School Blitz events. He would have attended more events, but his handlers have been so busy with bikes and kids, we realize he’ll need his own support crew in the future.

Last year you will recall that we departed from the usual AGM with a special guest presenter to a small audience in favour of a more public “Safety Forum”. You may have noticed that we did not repeat the event this past fall, deciding instead to defer until the Spring while we expand the event’s base of support. I am pleased to report that our Medical Officer and members of the Safe Routes Advocates have committed to co-hosting a public forum that will be directed to a broad discussion on traffic speed, specifically on residential streets. While the working theme of the discussion is “Stop the Madness: What Will it Take to Just Slow Down?”, the eventual title will hopefully attract a cross-section of the community, including those who oppose traffic calming strategies.

We also changed our practice around meetings, deciding to have regular meetings of members and agency reps every second month. There’s risk in too many meetings, of course, but there’s also risk in too few! My own feeling is that the alternating-month schedule worked out quite well, but as we look forward, again, we’ll be open to your thoughts on that subject.

My thanks to the members of our Board who are always responsive to the needs of

As always, our thanks go out to the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, and the Province of British Columbia for their ongoing financial program and operating support.

Of course, none of this support would go anywhere without the efforts of those who attend our meetings, sit on the Executive, and accompany Elmer in classrooms and in festivals around the North Shore. Thanks to you all!

Treasurer’s Report – Tom Walker

The Income statement for the fiscal year October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014 is attached.

A large carry-over of operating funds is expected again this year as we continue work on developing plans to renew the Elmer program. We have now received quotes from graphic artists and are in the process of making a final selection before committing the significant funds required.

Our commitment to purchasing equipment to enable the Bicycle Rodeo program has been assisted by a $700 grant from the Small Neighbourhood Grants Program of the Vancouver Foundation administered by the North Shore Neighbourhood House. Not all the finds were expended this year however, in a desire to be careful with funds and not make hasty purchasing decisions.

Once again, the August 31 Gaming Branch program funding application was submitted , this time electronically, which has greatly reduced the time needed to complete the task! 

Elmer Program Report – Joan Currie and Linda McCartney

The Elmer Safety Elephant program continues to be well received in the preschools, elementary
schools and day cares.

The Elmer puppets are brand new and the pedestrian safety pictures have been refurbished for P.S and K.  The traffic lights have been repaired and updated. Bicycle safety pictures for K. & Gr.1 will be updated in the near future. We are currently looking at illustrations for the drawings.

Thanks to our excellent instructors Catherine Yong and Kate Arkiletian for delivering our program so successfully. Unfortunately Kate is retiring from the program and we will be hiring a new instructor starting in January.

2015 Communication Coordinator’s Report – Vivienne Megas

During 2015, we made applications to the following community events:

We also communicated to organizations, schools, teachers, and took part on the following events and activities:

-     North Shore Active and Safe Routes to School Workshop

-     Child Passenger Safety Symposium on June 19 at the Justice Institute of BC

-     Elmer for the Kindergarten Play Dates at the North Shore SRA

-     Safe Routes to School North Shore News Photo opportunity

-     Back to School Blitz

-     Fall 2015 Moving the City Lecture Series, SFU

-     Cycle Expo, North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission

-     LIFECycle (for help with Bike Rodeo)

-     Kids In The Hall, City of North Vancouver

-     School booking for Elmer Visits or Elmer Programs

-     Related messages to Board members and NSSC Elmer-Program teachers

-     Attended the SRA Feedback Forum in November2015

-     Submitted gaming grant application

Moved:  Linda McCartney. Second: George Koch and Carried

That the Annual Reports be adopted as presented

6. Elections of Officers and Directors

Having called for nominations from the floor, the following members were elected by acclamation:

President: Tom Walker

Vice-President: Colin Melynk

Treasurer: Tom Walker

Directors at Large: Linda McCartney, Joan Currie, and George Koch.

7. Round Table Discussion and New Business:

Meeting adjournment:         

 Moved at 1:32 PM by George Koch that the meeting be adjourned




Thursday, June 2, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PM, Delbrook Decenter

Attendance: Colin Melnyk, NSSC Vice-President; Linda McCartney, NSSC Board of Director; George Koch, NSSC Board of Director; Megan Oakey, Provincial Manager, PHSA; Claire Arnold, Elmer Facilitator; Kulvir Mann, Canyon Height PAC and North Shore SRA; Sergeant Bryce Petersen, RCMP; Kenneth Hegler; Vivienne Megas, NSSC Communication Coordinator

1. Introduction:

Colin Melnyk, NSSC Vice-President introduces Ms. Megan Oakey, the provincial manager of Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). Megan has over 10 years of experience working in falls and sports injury prevention as well as road safety. Megan currently holds a leadership role in promoting healthy schools, physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weights. Prior to her current position with PHSA, she led and implemented injury prevention initiatives within Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). She is a long time resident of the North Shore.

2. Guest Speaker: Megan Oakey, Provincial Manager, PHSA

Megan provides us with a chart on the 2016 Provincial, Health Authority and Local Injury Prevention Committees:


Megan mentions the BC Road Safety Strategy 2015 and Beyond. It was launched by The British Columbia Road Safety Strategy, a project that was opened up to the road safety community in the province; and over 30 British Columbia stakeholder groups came together to help built the strategy. She also states that the Seat-belt Law, the Pedestrian Law, and the Texting and Driving Law are vital tools on road safety and injury prevention.

3Round Table Discussion:

Sergeant Bryce Petersen, RCMP mentioned The Motor Vehicle Related Fatalities Report. It provides detailed data on Fatal victims by Month, by Region, By Age Range, by Role and Gender; Motorcyclist Fatalities; Fatal Victims of Crashes at Intersections and Non Intersections; Unrestrained Fatal Victims; Fatal Victims of Crashes Involving Heavy Vehicles; involving Alcohol and or Drug, involving Speeding, and involving all forms of Drive Distraction and Inattention. As to Megan’s idea of data By Residence, Sergeant Petersen will look into the possibility of data sharing if it is available at the RCMP unit since RCMP links its information to ICBC and updates reports in the police system whenever there is an accident.

Kulvir Mann, Canyon Height PAC and North Shore SRA:

Kulvir reports that both ‘Freedom Friday’ and the May ‘Walk and Roll’ were a real success. Teachers scanned the kids for data. No one parked in front of or near the school. Everyone did what they were told even the staff committee. Kids were excited. They were given tickets everyday and prizes. There was a big prize draw every week and a final grand prize draw of a bike. More promotions were put on social media this year; and it now has its own ‘Walk and Roll’ tab on the School District (SD) website. Deneka, the SD staff will be going to different schools on Earth Day to speak and to find out how everyone is doing.

Linda McCartney, NSSC Board of Director:

Claire Arnold, Elmer Facilitator:

Other contributions:

4. Summary of April 7, 2016 meeting minute: Adopted as circulated.

Meeting adjourned: 1:55pm    Next meeting: Thrusday, October 13, 2016 at noon, Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, Oak Room




Thursday, February 4, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PM, Delbrook RecCentre

Attendance: Amber Zhao, Highland Elementary School; Joan Currie NSSC Directors at Large; JoAnne  Burleigh, VCH (NS); Kulvir Mann, Canyon Height Elementary School; Linda McCartnery, NSSC Directors at Large; Renate Sitch, CNV; Tom Walker, NSSC President; Vivienne Megas, NSSC Communication Coordinator

Introduction and Round-table Discussion:

Tom Walker:

Renate Sitch:

JoAnne  Burleigh:

Kulvir Mann:

Summary of October 1, 2015 meeting: Adopted as circulated.

Meeting adjourned: 1:36pm    Next meeting: April 7, 2016 at noon, Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, Oak Room




Thursday, October 1, 2015, 12:00-1:30 PM, Delbrook RecCentre

Attendance: Harvey Kooner, ICBC; Carol Sartor, NVPAC, HASTEbc, and SRA; Cyndi Gerlach, SD44 Board of Education Trustee; Victoria Miles, School District 44; Susannah Howick, School District 44; Christie Sacre, SD44 Board of Education Trustee; Maria Morisseau, North Shore Neighbourhood House; Kulvir Mann, Canyon Heights PAC and NVPAC; Jeneen Sutherland, NVSRA; Karen Nordguist, NVPAC and SRA; Fiona Walsh, HUB; Joan Currie, NSSC Board of Director; Linda McCartney, NSSC Board of Director; Dorothy Myers; George Koch, NSSC Board of Director; Wendy Qureshi; Erin MacNair; Amber Zhao, Highland PAC Safety Committee; JoAnne  Burleigh, VCH (NS); Kathleen Huber, NVRC; Emily Willobee, DWVanEngineering; Martyn Schmoll, SRA; Renate Sitch, CNV; Ingrid Weisenbach, DNV; C.A. (Chris) Jensen, RCMP-GRC; Bryce Petersen, RCMP-GRC; J.C. (Carlos) Rockhill, RCMP-GRC; Vivienne Megas, NSSC Communication Co-ordinator; Tom Walker, NSSC President; Colin Melnyk, Vice-President; Fiona Walsh, HUB

1. Introductions: Welcome speech from Tom Walker, NSSC President

The purpose of the October meeting is to talk about "Focus on Schools", a time for school-related safety concerns to be expressed and successes celebrated.  Over the last four years, this meeting has been a good opportunity for meeting each other and strengthening commitment to a common cause of a healthy, livable community. We are aware that some schools do not have Traffic and Safety Committees, and this meeting can be a catalyst for schools to get started.

Elmer has been around for decades, in the public and private schools; daycare and preschools, advocating safety awareness, safety issues and concerns to school children and communities.

A number of years ago, people were exhausted with getting the stop signs for Highland Blvd., Ridgewood Drive, and Colewood Drive; and now traffic lights are installed to help with the increasing traffic concerns of the 3-way intersection.

2. Summary of June 5, 2015 meeting: Adopted as circulated.


Kathleen Huber OF NVREC Community Events Office introduces the Bike Expo which will be held on October 18th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Lynn Valley Village – there will be education and safety information for Bikes. HUB and NSSC will be there; and NSSC will showcase the Bike Rodeo Program.

ICBC conducted a Distracted Driving Campaign in September 2015:

    Harvey Kooner, ICBC Road Safety Coordinator, and Carol Sartor, Community Outreach Coordinator from Safe Routes Advocates present the 5-day "Back to School Blitz", an outreach campaign to raise awareness about road safety and safe travel around schools. They visited five schools at the beginning of the school year. The event involved collaborations with a number of organizations such as, North Shore SRA, NVRCMP, NVSD, DNV Fire, CNV Fire, NSSC, Community Speed Watch, CNV, DNV Bylaws, CNV Bylaws, ICBC. Particular emphasis were on Walk, Bike, Transit and Drive. During the Safety Blitz, 800 ICBC tip cards were handed out. The goal was to address speed, congestion, by law infractions and aggressive driving. The 5 schools in North Vancouver that participated in the Back to School Safety Blitz are as follow:

Carisbrooke Elementary School, September 9th, 2015:

    Parent volunteers managed a “T” Crosswalk; and there were 2 speed watch team, 3 police, bylaw officers,3 firefighters and North Shore SRA representatives, as well as school Principal Mitchell. Last year, a student was struck in the crosswalk.

Larson Elementary French Immersion School, September 10th, 2015:

    Only the principal of the school was told about the Safety Blitz. There were undercover police, CNV, SRA, and 10 fire fighters; and RCMP was in full force. Pylons were out to help monitor the traffic in the crosswalk; and the drop off zones were blocked.  Speed related infractions have been noted. Parents were shock to learn of their own driving behavior.

Ridgeway Elementary School, September 11th, 2015:

    There is a 4 block radius with lots of parking and sidewalks around the school area, but over 60% of the parents drive their kids to school in this neighbourhood. Some of the behaviour was blocking driveways and double parking. Pedestrian and cycle safety information were given out to encourage parent drivers to change their driving behavior.There were 3 bylaw officers, RCMP, CNV, SRA , and10 fire fighters in this Back to School Blitz.

Montroyal Elementary School, September 14th, 2015:

    The Capilano Water Main Construction Detours were in affect; and flyers were handed out to address safety and transportation concerns. Focus is on safety education and prevention. Parents were advised to walk children to school.

Canyon Heights Elementary School, September 15th, 2015:

    Canyon Heights, located on a main road and lack of sidewalk,is largely affected by the Capilano Water Main Construction Detours. The foliage around the school was trimmed to help see the signs better. Over all, there were 18 speeding tickets issued on the first day of school. One parent was clocked at 63km per hour for speeding in a school zone.

In West Vancouver, École Cedardale Elementary School and Gleneagles Ch'axáý Elementary School were chosen to be on the Travel Planning schools. The focus is on good neighbours and to live together cohesively.

4. Feedbacks and suggestions from the presentation:

Distracted Driving Event, September 25th, 2015:

    The event was a collaboration of ICBC and NVRCMP and the focus was on the area between Marine Drive, Capilano Road, and Park Royal. A posted sign of “Drive Safely – Warning Cell Phone Ticket Ahead” was up. RCMP Sergent Bryce Petersen was there and there were 98 tickets handed out mostly to commercial trucks and delivery trucks. There are also a lot of tickets issued for seat belt infractions. Visibility is key for pedestrian safety and it is suggested people wearing reflective clothing. Some interesting finds is that kids 14+ do not use crosswalks or obey rules; and young girls wearing ear buds are particularly at risk for predators.

Cyndi Gerlach, the Chair of North Vancouver School Board Trustee, pointed out that an emergency vehicles could not pass through on Regent Avenue; the road is not wide enough.

Parent Advisory Councils (PAC):

There has been an 18-month campaign by HasteBC who has been working closely with CNV, PAC, Admininstrators, Principals and Safety Committees at schools

Emily Willobee, DWVan Engineering:

Constable Carlos Rockhill, NVRCMP is part of a School Liaison Unit.

Sergent Bryce Petersen, NVRCMP reminded people of the NVRCMP Survey,September 28th to October 16th; and information card about the survey were given out to encourage everyone to go online to do the survey. The link to the survey is

Constable Chris Jensen, NVRCMP on Enforcement, Education, and Prevention:

Erin MacNair – Educate the young to learning the behaviour, volunteer at school, connect with principal, and be part of the process

Jeneen Sutherland – Highland Elementary does not have a 30km school zone; and infrastructure is inconsistent around high schools

Martyn Schmoll, SRA suggested making shift to Walk instead of driving to school

Victoria Miles, School District 44:

Fiona Walsh, HUB asked if the Bike Squad could be enlarged. Currently, it is 4 member with one corporal (the Bike Squad can visit schools and escort kids). She also mentioned the bike to School Week which takes place twice a year in May and November. The HUB has the “One Less Car” called the BEST sticker  which can be purchase from her; and the cost is $1 each.

Renate Sitch of City of North Vancouver mentioned the Implementation of Transportation Demand Management (TDM). During the iWalk & Wheel Week, CNV, RCMP, Fire, NVREC, Mayor and Councillors will be participating at both schools, Larson and Ridgeway Elementary School. The pilot project last year was held at Queensbury School. Very often, the best way to go is to engage parents and students.

Tom Walker, NSSC President recommended to make all school zones to safe route zones. Also, where there is no sidewalk, teach children to walk against the traffic. As not all schools have a safety committee – what DPAC and school principals could do to help with educating parents and students on transportation safety.

Meeting adjourned: 1:36pm    Next meeting: February 4, 2016 at 12noon, Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, Oak Room



NORTH SHORE SAFETY COUNCIL (NSSC) Annual General Meeting Summary

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:00-1:30 PM, Delbrook RecCentre

1. Call to Order, In Attendance:

Present: Tom Walker (Chair), Colin Melnyk, Dorothy Myers, Joan Currie, Linda McCartnery, George Koch, Wendy Qureshi, Catherine Yong, John Consiglio, Claire Arnold, Janet Carswell, and Vivienne Megas (recorder)

Agency/Government Representatives: Harvey Kooner, ICBC Road Safety; Renate Sitch, City of North Vancouver; H. Goetsch, Safety Consultant; Fiona Walsh, HUB North Shore, Karen Nordquist, NVPAC; Kulvir Mann, Canyon Height Safety; Erin MacNair, NVSRA                                         

2. Adoption of Summary of 2013 Annual general Meeting

Moved: Linda McCartnery. Second: Dorothy Myers

That the Summary of November 13, 2013 Annual General Meeting be adopted

3. Reports: See 2014 President’s Annual Report and InCome Statement

Moved: Tom Walker. Second: George Koch

That the Annual Report and Treasurer’s Report be adopted

4. Elections of Officers and Directors

Having called for nominations from the floor, it was Moved by Election Officer, Harvey Kooner, Seconded by Colin Melnyk and CARRIED that the following be elected as presented:

President: Tom Walker

Vice-President: Colin Melynk

Treasurer: Tom Walker

Directors at Large: Linda McCartnery, Joan Currie, and George Koch.

5. New Business:

a)  Meeting schedule:

Future meetings dates will be on the first Thursday of the months of February, April, and June, 2015. October meeting date will be flexible due to the start of new school year. 2015 AGM will be either in November or December.

b)  Kids on Wheels:

Fiona Walsh, a retired French Immersion teacher, also a volunteer representative of HUB and BC Cycling Coalition (BCCC) spoke on the Kids on Wheels Program. The program is to introduce bicycling to children in daycare centres and preschools by providing a bike culture and knowledge, such as books, videos on cycling, and art activities as well as biking techniques and safety. Detail information can be found on BCCC website:

c)  Focus in 2015:

Tom Walker put out a request for topic suggestions for the 2015 Fall Forum; and the forum date will be determined in a later date. The Focus in 2015 is to promote Elmer, Super Hero, and Bike Safety programs in the Fall, Winter classes, and Spring Programs for Grade one and Kindergarten in elementary schools. NSSC Bike Safety Program teacher, Catherine Yong, will be in touch with school administrators and teachers to coordinate class time for the NSSC Bike Safety Programs. NSSC will also be looking for inputs from the North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council. In 2015, NSSC will have community involvement extended to more communities and events than events previously engaged.

6. Adjournment: Moved at 1:30PM, by George Koch, that the meeting be adjourned


President’s report – Tom Walker

Our 60th anniversary of incorporation was marked with a few firsts that are in keeping with an organization that strives to be getting better, not just older!

Municipal Council delegations have long been encouraged by the elected officials that have attended our AGM’s and this year we decided to make the effort. The City of North Vancouver was first on July 7 followed by the District of West Vancouver on November 3. The District of North Vancouver had to wait until after the municipal election to receive us, and will do so at the first meeting of the new Council on December 15.

The first Fall Safety Forum, held October 29 in the District Municipal Hall Council Chambers represented a departure for our past featured presentations at the Annual General Meeting. Recent presenters have been so good that we always hear “this should be in the evening at a larger venue”. So the very popular topic “Unwrapping Bubble-Wrapped Kids – the Importance of Risky Play” was delivered by Dr Ian Pike and Heather Turner to a “sold-out” audience following an enjoyable reception. This bodes well for future opportunities to raise timely and relevant issues to the public consciousness. This Forum’s presentation was recorded by the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission, posted on the NVRC’s Youtube channel, and available here:

The “web-presence” of the North Shore Safety Council got a big boost with the initiative shown by Board Member Vivienne Megas in creating our own Facebook page, which can be found here:

Lynda Shaw has been a big help in coordinating our communications. And so it is with regret that we say good-bye to Lynda as she focusses on other work and life areas. Similarly, Kate Arkiletian, maintaining a great tradition of wonderful classroom Elmer presenters, has had to move on to accommodate other teaching demands. We wish both Lynda and Kate well, and hope that they will remain supportive members of the North Shore Safety Council!

In the midst of these changes, some things remain constant. Catherine Yong is busier than ever in getting around to schools, preschools and day cares, and we enjoy the lovely feedback sent by classroom teachers on program evaluations. Catherine will now be joined by Claire Arnold who has been a member of the Safety Council for a couple of years and knows all about our programming and direction. Welcome Claire! Additionally, Vivienne Megas, who joined the Board last year, has agreed to step into Lynda’s shoes and be our Communications Coordinator. Thank you Vivienne, and welcome!

As we begin to say “for over 60 years”, our thanks go out again to the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, and the Province of British Columbia for their ongoing financial program and operating support.

Of course, none of this support would go anywhere without the efforts of those who attend our meetings, sit on the Executive, and accompany Elmer in classrooms and in festivals around the North Shore. Thanks to you all!

Treasurer’s Report – Tom Walker

The Income statement for the fiscal year October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014 is attached.

A large carry-over of operating funds is expected again this year as we continue work on developing plans to renew the Elmer program. We have now received quotes from graphic artists and are in the process of making a final selection before committing the significant funds required.

Our commitment to purchasing equipment to enable the Bicycle Rodeo program has been assisted by a $700 grant from the Small Neighbourhood Grants Program of the Vancouver Foundation administered by the North Shore Neighbourhood House. Not all the finds were expended this year however, in a desire to be careful with funds and not make hasty purchasing decisions.

Once again, the August 31 Gaming Branch program funding application was submitted , this time electronically, which has greatly reduced the time needed to complete the task!

Elmer Program Report – Joan Currie and Linda McCartney

The Elmer Safety Elephant program continues to be well received in the preschools, elementary
schools and day cares.

The Elmer puppets are brand new and the pedestrian safety pictures have been refurbished for P.S and K.  The traffic lights have been repaired and updated. Bicycle safety pictures for K. & Gr.1 wll be updated in the near future. We are currently looking at illustrations for the drawings.

Thanks to our excellent instructors Catherine Yong and Kate Arkiletian for delivering our program so successfully. Unfortunately Kate is retiring from the program and we will be hiring a new instructor starting in January.