"True prevention is not waiting for bad things to happen, it's preventing 'bad' things from happening in the first place."
- Don McPherson
Grande Prairie & Area Safe Communities started in 1997 through the efforts of Alberta Labour and the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce. A Steering Committee was formed in 1998 with assistance from the Mistahia Health Region, now called Alberta Health Services and the City of Grande Prairie. Members were drawn from various local agencies, bringing to the table, a broad pool of expertise in the area of safety and injury prevention. It is precisely this coalition of many different fields of expertise that ensures the viability of Grande Prairie & Area Safe Communities. We are proud to be 1 of 69 designated Safe Communities across Canada.
Communities who have obtained the Safe Community designation have shown considerable commitment to promoting injury prevention and safety promotion locally. They have brought together local officials from their municipalities at a leadership table, including representatives from local government, public health, police, fire and emergency services, educational institutions, local business, and health and safety organizations. Designated Safe Communities have completed a formal Priority Setting Exercise and community scan, to inform their programming decisions, and they have a proven plan for sustainability.
Our Mission To promote public safety and reduce the incidence of injury in Grande Prairie and area through the maintenance and operation of Safety City and other programs designed to educate the public about safety and injury prevention.