FALL 2014
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Over the past two years, Parachute has been sharing knowledge and raising awareness about preventable injury in Canada. Our quarterly newsletter is one way that we reach out to our network to share best practices, successes and updates. 

As 2015 approaches, we want to take this opportunity to check in with you, our readers, to see what we're doing well, and how we could improve. 

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey so in the months ahead we can improve and enhance the ways we reach out to you. The survey will close on Friday, October 17. 

Thanks for your support and to all of those who make this work possible.

Parachute's National Teen Driver Safety Week

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is just around the corner! Join Parachute from October 19-25 as we encourage teens across Canada to drive responsibly and #PracticeSafeText. 

High schools can get involved by attending Parachute's virtual classroom event on October 23, which will cover teen driver successes and challenges, offering real-world solutions for tackling one of the biggest injury issues amongst teens. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more details.

Parents are encouraged to register for our #NTDSWparty Twitter party, co-hosted by State Farm. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas for talking to teens about driving and will be entered to win great prizes. Register today!

Participate in our Thunderclap on October 23 and spread the word about NTDSW across your social media platforms. Follow #NTDSW & #ProjectGearshift on Twitter & Facebook for updates throughout the week. 

Keep an eye on our website for the latest news about NTDSW, including details about local events and celebrations happening around the country. Many thanks to our amazing community partners, and NTDSW task force, and to our dedicated group of teen ambassadors! 

You can join the movement too: take your own #PracticeSafeText selfie or make a "why NTDSW matters to me" video and share it on your social media channels between October 19 and 25.

Back To School

Kids boarding school busAs students returned to school this fall, Parachute and its supporter FedEx Express Canada launched the 10th annual Walk This Way campaign, a national pedestrian safety program which provides education, resources and support for parents and community groups to increase the safety of their streets. 

Highlights of this program included a media awareness campaign that was launched during the first week of September. Drivers were reminded to slow down in residential areas and stop at all school crossings and parents were encouraged to model safe pedestrian practises for their children. Check out Parachute in Global's Back to School coverage here. Pedestrian safety initiatives will continue throughout the fall with International Walk to School month in October, as well as the Pace Car program and Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard contest

Find. Share. Prevent.

Soccer playerIn order to provide Canadians with the tools they need to lead long, healthy, active lives, Parachute needed a game changer: an online hub that connects Canadians with the best, leading practice solutions for injury prevention. The online hub, now known as Horizon, is designed to maximize user experience, curating a selection of the top evidence-based solutions for leading injury issues. Developed with expert input and rigorous methodology to meet the needs of the public and practitioners, Horizon aims to decrease injury with a goal of connecting Canadians with the tools to do exactly that.  

Parachute is grateful for the generous support of our National Development Sponsor - Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life - and from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, which has made Horizon a reality. We will be hosting a sneak peek session to offer users a glimpse of Horizon before it goes live in November. If you are interested in participating in one of these sessions and learning how to submit leading practices from around the world register here

Introducing Parachute's Expert Advisory Committee

Parachute recently appointed members to its Expert Advisory Committee which is made up of leading experts who will help guide and contribute to Parachute's goals. The Committee has representatives from across Canada as well as the US Centres for Disease Control. It is chaired by Dr. Ian Pike of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, and has 16 members with a broad range of expertise and academic qualifications. A full list of members can be found here.

The Committee's responsibilities include providing expert advice on Parachute's activities in programming, research and evaluations, knowledge translation, communications and public policy. We are very honoured and pleased to have access to these leading experts.
What's Happening This Fall?
  • Safe Communities Day is October 1. Follow #SCDay on social media to see how we're celebrating.
  • National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 19-25, and will feature events across the country. Find out how you can get involved.
  • Calling all creative kids! The TD I ThinkFirst! Contest is open to K-8 students now. Send in your child's artwork about preventing injuries for a chance to win helmets for their classroom. #TDIThinkFirst
  • Parachute applauds the many teen driver conferences taking place this fall, including the SADD Conference in Saskatchewan and the TADD Conferences in New Brunswick.
  • Parachute will be attending the Not By Accident Conference in London Ontario, with a focus on risky play. Learn more here.
  • The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims will be taking place November 19, 2014.
  • Is your Crossing Guard a great role model? Nominate them for the FedEx Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard contest. #FavCrossGuard
  • Chevrolet Safe & Sure Car Seat Installation workshops continue in Toronto & Montreal. #ChevySafe
  • Traffic calming works. Become a Pace Car community today. #PaceCar #WalkThisWay
  • Chevrolet Safe & Fun Hockey continues with the distribution of over 5000 helmets to 5 year olds.
  • Are you on the Map? We're looking for injury prevention programs to highlight across Canada.
  • Passport to Safety e-courses promote workplace health & safety for all.
  • Gear up to get on the ice, watch our ThinkFirst Smart Hockey video brought to you by Scotiabank.
  • We're not finished "Stopping the Clock" - be sure to watch and share our video. #StoptheClock
  • Mark your calendar: November is Seniors' Falls Prevention Month.
  • While Parachute is grateful for donations at any time of the year, we're excited to be launching a fundraising campaign later this fall. Stay tuned for more details!.
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