2018 SHSA Executive Symposium – Youth Safety: Implementing Change Through Education

 On Wednesday March 21st at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Conference Center in Regina we hosted our 2018 Executive Symposium where we brought together leaders from industry, government, education and research to discuss youth safety in the workplace and implementing change through education.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who attended! We had a wonderful afternoon filled with informational, dynamic presentations followed by a dinner reception and networking. Thank you to the DoubleTree by Hilton for hosting us!

First and foremost we would like to congratulate Richard Donnelly, Partnerships Consultant with the Regina Catholic School Division on receiving the SHSA’s most prestigious award, the Safety Centered Leadership Award!

A little bit about Richard……

Born and raised in Regina, Richard obtained his BA and BEd from the University of Ottawa. He began his teaching career in September of 1985, and his 33 year consists of 19 years of teaching English and Math to high school students, 2 years as president of his local teachers’ association, and 12 years of consulting in a variety of subject areas including math, science, practical and applied arts (which includes everything from cooking to welding) and for the last 6 years, partnerships. This year, Richard returned to Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School to teach for 50% of his time, and the other 50% of his work is dedicated to his work as the Partnerships and Practical & Applied Arts Consultant for Regina Catholic. This year is also Richard’s 30th year of marriage to his wife Lauren. They are the proud parents of 3 children – Brenna, Erin and Ryan – and very proud grandparents of one grandson – Henry Richard. Richard is retiring at the end of June and has no plans other than some volunteer work and home maintenance on his children’s homes.

Please join us in congratulating Richard in receiving this award!

George Marshall, CEO presenting Richard Donnelly with the SCLA Award

Safety Centered Leadership Award is our most prestigious award & is given to individuals, who through their leadership, have made an impact on the safety culture in Saskatchewan. 

Some photo’s of our wonderful staff members:

From left to right: Alison Wall – Research & Development Manager, Keri Rieger – Youth Safety Advisor, Dara Miazyk – Communications Coordinator, Bay Stenz – Human Resources Manager 

Back row, left to right: Doug Arnold – Director of Operations, Keri Rieger – Youth Safety Advisor, Alison Wall – Research & Development Manager, George Marshall – CEO
Front row, left to right: Laura Bence – Safety Advisor, Lisa Chavady – Senior Advisor, Dara Miazyk – Communications Coordinator, Bay Stenz – Human Resources Manager

We hosted an amazing lineup of speakers which included:

Master of Ceremonies & CEO of the SHSA, Mr. George Marshall 

Kevin Mooney, Director of Prevention Services with the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board

Kevin discussing why this is a big issue in this province and why we needed to come together in order to address this. 

Laurie Pushor, Deputy Minister of Energy & Resources with the Government of Saskatchewan

View of the Saskatchewan Economy 

Mike Carr, Deputy Minister of Labour Relations & Workplace Safety with the Government of Saskatchewan

View of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety 

Rob Currie, Deputy Minister of Education with the Government of Saskatchewan

View of Education 

Sean Tucker, Associate Professor of Human Resources Management from the University of Regina

Sean giving a statistical perspective on young worker health safety research, implications for employers, safety associations and public policy. 


Bob Ross, Divisional Director with Energy Safety Canada

Bob giving an industry perspective on youth safety 

Ross Wickware, Managing Director with Safety in Schools

Did you know?

Saskatchewan has come a long way in changing its safety culture, but injury rates are still the fourth highest in the country. Preventable injuries cost the Saskatchewan economy an estimated $1.1 billion annually. Perhaps even more alarming, 45% of young people ages 15-24 will experience a workplace injury in this province and just over 50% of these will get hurt in their first six months on the job.

The Service & Hospitality Safety Association has a vested interest in these statistics as 70% of young workers get their first job experience in the service and hospitality industry. We know education is the key to addressing these startling numbers and we believe the greatest impact on the injury rates provincially can be realized in the young worker demographic.

Together we can shape the growing culture of safety in this province! Thank you for joining in on the dialogue and being part of the change!

Let’s keep the conversations surrounding youth safety going! Partner with us for this years Youth Safety Education Day! For more information click here! 

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