WATERLOO SAFETY VILLAGE
In 1991, we committed to a new community project. Our son Mark and his cousin Ed built the first building at the new Children’s Safety Village. We continue to sponsor this program as it specializes in teaching our young people how to be safe in our communities.
The partnership between the police and fire services was the first of its kind in Canada. With the partnership of the community and corporate support, the Safety Village was a dream turned into reality. Through the dedicated efforts of many people along with generous donations, the Village has evolved into a unique educational opportunity for students from Grades 1 through 6.
The Safety Village consists of the Police and Fire Education Center and 26 mini replica buildings, some of which are interactive and offer a unique educational opportunity. The Village streetscape now has a roundabout to assist students in learning how to manage walking, cycling and driving in and around roundabouts. The Fire Education Center is proud of Sparky’s Apartment, an interactive teaching tool with a simulated smoke machine used to help students understand fire safety, kitchen hazards and the importance of a practiced home escape plan.
Since opening in 1992, over 360,000 children have been instructed in Fire, Traffic and Internet safety and had the opportunity to put their new skills to use.