The Kiwanis Club of Brantford to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - The Kiwanis Club of Brantford will receive a
Fire Safety Partner Award from the Fire Marshal of Ontario at a ceremony on
June 25, 2008 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding
contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    In 1998, the Kiwanis Club of Brantford spearheaded the idea to establish
a Children's Safety Village that would provide injury prevention education to
children from kindergarten to Grade 6. A committee was formed and members of
the Kiwanis Club committed countless of volunteer hours over a period of seven
years organizing, fundraising and providing direction on the creation of the
    In October 2005, the Children's Safety Village of Brant opened its doors
to the community. To date, it is estimated that over 9,000 children have
received injury and fire prevention lessons provided by the City of Brantford,
County of Brant and Six Nation fire and police departments.
    "I applaud each and every volunteer of the Kiwanis Club of Brantford for
their efforts in helping to make the idea of the Children's Safety Village of
Brant a reality," said Fire Marshal Patrick Burke. "They can take pride in
knowing that their efforts will have a long lasting effect on the provision of
fire safety education for the children and families in their communities."
    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 17 recipients were selected. The
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick Bartolucci and
Fire Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon ceremony at the
Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151

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