Ag. for Life re­ceives boost to ru­ral safety unit through Pem­bina con­tri­bu­tion

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - Con­trib­uted

Ag for Life reps an­nounced July 23 re­ceipt of a $150,000 grant from Pem­bina in sup­port of its agri­cul­ture safety ini­tia­tives. The funds will sup­port new fea­tures and main­te­nance of the Ru­ral Safety Unit over a three-year span.

With a di­rec­tive to bring farm safety pro­grams to ru­ral Al­ber­tans, Ag for Life unites cor­po­rate stake­hold­ers and not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions along with farm­ers, ranch­ers, and com­mu­nity lead­ers to de­liver cur­ricu­lum-based agri­cul­ture ed­u­ca­tion to ru­ral stu­dents. The Ru­ral Safety Unit al­lows Ag for Life to travel through­out Al­berta to of­fer in­ter­ac­tive safety pro­grams for youth and their fam­i­lies who live and work on farms and ranches.

“We are hon­oured to have this sup­port from Pem­bina and look for­ward to be­ing able to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing our mes­sage of safety to our fel­low Al­ber­tans,” says Luree Wil­liamson, CEO of Ag For Life.

The mo­bile unit is op­er­ated by Ag for Life’s team of safety spe­cial­ists who travel across the prov­ince con­nect­ing visi­tors with im­por­tant ru­ral and farm safety in­for­ma­tion. With seven in­ter­ac­tive sta­tions, par­tic­i­pants have the op­por­tu­nity to learn while they en­gage with dig­i­tal, tac­tile and me­chan­i­cal in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays.

“This unit is an im­por­tant tool to equip kids and their fam­i­lies with the in­for­ma­tion they need to stay safe,” ex­plains Allan Charleswor­th, Pem­bina’s Vice Pres­i­dent of Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices. “As a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, we are proud to con­trib­ute to this in­no­va­tive and fun pro­gram.”

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