Toronto principal to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Nadia Cheluk will receive a Fire Safety Advocate
Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council at a ceremony on
June 28, 2007 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding
contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    In her role as principal at Etienne Brule Junior School, Nadia has taught
children about the importance of fire safety and reinforced this information
by organizing fire safety workshops for teachers, inviting public educators
from Toronto Fire Services, station 442, to visit the school, setting up a
fire safety display and information table for students and parents in the
school and by writing about fire safety in the school newsletter. Nadia also
worked with Toronto Fire Services to visit the school with their fire safety
house and a fire truck for the children to explore.
    As a pro-active advocate of the Canadian injury prevention program Risk
Watch, Nadia often requests Toronto Fire Services public educators to give
presentations on fire safety. Some supplemental assignments are given to
children so they may talk to their parents and/or guardians about the
information and complete the work together.
    "By providing fire and life safety education, Nadia is creating safer
generations," said Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "As children learn about the risks
involved with fire and other hazards, they may be more likely to make smarter
choices to avoid these risks. They may also be more likely to pass these
messages onto their own children."
    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 21 recipients were selected. The
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter and Fire
Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon ceremony at the Fairmont
Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

For further information:

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

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