Toronto teacher to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Jo-Ann Slack of Thornhill will receive a Fire
Safety Advocate 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.
    Since 2004, Jo-Ann, a teacher at O'Connor Public School in Toronto, has
been a champion of Risk Watch, an injury prevention program for children.
Prior to Risk Watch, Jo-Ann used the Learn Not To Burn program to teach young
children about fire safety.
    Every year, Jo-Ann coordinates a home fire escape plan contest. Students
and their families are encouraged to develop home fire escape plans and enter
them into the contest. Members of the fire department and Sparky the Fire Dog
judge the entries and the winning students get to ride on a fire truck.
    Jo-Ann teaches a very diverse group of students. When discussing fire
safety risks in her classroom, she ensures that the lessons are reflective of
their different cultures.
    "Although Jo-Ann is retiring this year, she has inspired other teachers
to use Risk Watch with their students," said Fire Marshal Patrick Burke.
"Jo-Ann's commitment to fire and injury prevention throughout the years will
leave a lifelong impression on her colleagues, the children in her classrooms
and their families."
    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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