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November 2016

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Charlottetown Conference a Success

About 50 farmers, safety professionals, suppliers, trainers, manufacturers and researchers converged on Charlottetown this past October to take part in “Empowering the AgSafe Family: Keeping Kids Safe,” CASA’s 22nd annual conference and AGM. From October 4 to 6, 2016, participants heard from safety leaders from across the industry.
Highlights of the conference included: a Welcome Reception featuring Maritime ag safety initiatives with the Honourable Alan McIsaac; an update on the Saskatchewan Injury Cohort Study; a panel discussion on spheres of influence; a presentation on the ethics of raising children on the farm; new and revised tools on helping keep kids safe on the farm; a tour of the Cavendish Farms potato processing plant, strategies for protecting farm children; and a discussion about how to bring safety home.
View and download the 2016 conference presentations. http://casa-acsa.ca/Conference2016
“It was a fantastic event,” says CASA Conference Coordinator Diane Wreford. “The conference with its mix of presentations, coupled with the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island, made it an event which won’t soon be forgotten.” Thank you once again Diane for putting on a fabulous conference!
Next year CASA will hold its 23rd annual conference and AGM October 2–5 in Edmonton, Alberta (details to be confirmed). Check casa-acsa.ca for more information early next year.
Thank you to 2016 conference supporters: the Government of Canada through Growing Forward 2, Esso, Monsanto, Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Amalgamated Dairies Limited, AgSafe, Cavendish Farms, Dairy Farmers of PEI, Farm Credit Canada, Farm Safety Nova Scotia, John Deere, MacDon and WCB of PEI.

CASA Welcomes New Board Member at Annual Conference

Dave Brand, owner of Apex Land & Livestock, was elected to join CASA’s Board of Directors at CASA’s Annual Conference and AGM held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island October 4 to 6, 2016.
“Safety is a very important and personal thing for me, and I hope to bring a unique producer perspective to the Board of Directors,” says Brand. “At the end of the day, every farm worker should come home safe and every farm family should be together.”
Wendy Bennett (Executive Director, AgSafe) continues as Chair of the Board and Jeff Shaw (SAFE Farm Coordinator, SAFE Work Manitoba) assumes the role of Vice-Chair. Rounding out the executive, Niels Koehncke (Director, Canadian Centre for Health & Safety in Agriculture) continues in the role of Secretary and Dean Anderson (Strategic Advisor Agriculture, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services) continues as Treasurer.
David Powers (Director, Health, Safety & Environment, Oxford Frozen Foods) and Carolyn Van Den Heuvel (Farm Safety Coordinator, Farm Safety Nova Scotia) complete the Board of Directors.
CASA’s Board would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to outgoing Board member Tara Huestis (Farm Safety Specialist, PEI Workers Compensation Board) for her three years of service and dedication to farm safety.

New Logo Launched

If you frequent the CASA website, or you have recently perused CASA’s latest annual report, you may have seen a curious new logo popping up (thanks for noticing). Staff members unveiled CASA’s new logo and look at our annual conference in PEI in October 2016. Over the next several months, you will see the new logo and brand more and more as we update our materials, eventually culminating in the launch of a new website sometime in 2017. In the meantime, please excuse us as we freshen up and please note that any content with our old logo is still good to use.

New Sponsors Vault Grain Safety Fundraising Campaign to Next Level

Thanks to the generous contributions of five new sponsors and one donor, CASA is excited to announce that we have now entered the second phase of fundraising for the Grain Safety Program.
G3 Canada Limited, Canada’s newest grain handling company, has made a $75,000 commitment to the Grain Safety Program over a three-year period. “G3 is thrilled to partner with CASA on the Grain Safety Program. At G3, safety is one of our top priorities—we believe that no job is so important that it can’t be done safely,” says Karl Gerrand, CEO of G3 Canada Limited.
Four Prairie grower organizations—including the Canadian Canola Growers Association, Alberta Pulse Growers, the Alberta Wheat Commission and the Prairie Oat Growers Association—have also committed a combined total of $120,000 to the Grain Safety Program.
Liz Ellis Clark is CASA’s Development Officer. “G3 and the four Prairie grower organizations have vaulted CASA’s fundraising efforts to the next level. Their commitments to safety will help the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association bring the Grain Safety Program to more rural communities across Canada,” she says.
Dupont Pioneer is also supporting the Grain Safety Program via a $5,000 donation to the FarmSafe Foundation—CASA’s charitable wing. The donation, make through their Community Investment Corporate Giving Grant, will be used to design and build a grain safety display for youth.   
Phase one of the grain safety fundraising campaign involved raising $400,000 to develop and run the Grain Safety Program over a three-year period across the Prairie Provinces. This includes building and operating the mobile demonstration unit and a trade show display (both currently under construction) and three youth table top displays (currently in development). It also includes program development and administration as well as launching an interactive grain safety educational website. Phase two involves expanding the Grain Safety Program to communities across Canada, raising CASA’s fundraising target to $785,000.
We are grateful for our sponsors and donors including G3, Crop Production Services, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Red Deer County, Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta Wheat Commission, and Prairie Oat Growers Association, Manitoba Ag Days, and DuPont Pioneer. Media sponsor Real Agriculture has also partnered with CASA to raise funds for the program.
For more information about the Grain Safety Program or to donate, visit http://casa-acsa.ca/grain.

Back to Ag is Accepting Applications

CASA is currently accepting applications for the Back to Ag program for the 2016–17 funding period. Applications are being received on a first come, first served basis. Applicants must be farmers who have experienced a life-altering incident resulting in a disability. They must demonstrate that the purchase of specialized equipment or the adaptation of existing equipment will help them get back to work on the farm safely.
The Back to Ag Program is a granting program focused on supporting the cost of adaptive technology for farmers that have experienced a traumatic injury. The Back to Ag Program is the result of a partnership between the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Farm Credit Canada and the Rick Hansen Foundation.
Apply now.

Annual Report
"Small Steps" CASA Annual Report

Check out all about CASA’s accomplishments this past year in Small Steps: CASA’s 2015–2016 Annual Report! Scan our sections on Keeping Kids Safe (p.7), Promoting Training (p.12), and Giving Safety (p.17).
View our Annual Report by clicking
HERE.

Staff Update

This past June, CASA welcomed summer student Sarah Slagerman to the CASA team. Slagerman began her fourth year of Engineering this past fall at the University of Manitoba, specializing in Biomedical Engineering. She completed her contract with CASA at the end of October.
Sarah has proved to be an invaluable asset to CASA with her work on several projects including a massive update to the membership database, completing an inventory of CASA resources and library information, as well as helping CASA Communications prepare for a brand refresh and website redevelopment project.

We bid a temporary adieu to Michelle French Lancaster. CASA’s Media and Communications Specialist starts her maternity leave in November. We’d like to thank French Lancaster for shepherding CASA through a brand refresh process and working closely with staff on Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, the grain safety fundraising campaign, and many other initiatives. We wish French Lancaster and her husband the best of luck as they welcome a new addition to their family.

We are also pleased to announce that Christopher Pelletier has joined the CASA team to pick up where French Lancaster left off. Pelletier will be working to redevelop the CASA website and to assist CASA staff with their marketing and strategic communication needs.

Pelletier comes to us from Northumberland County, Ontario, where he had his own website which was an on-line news portal for anything and everything which happened in the area. He has more than ten years of experience writing, designing, creating and producing advertising and marketing materials for print and web and almost twenty years of journalism experience. He has experience in image and video capture, and significant experience using social platforms for communications and marketing purposes. He is also bilingual, and is used to developing relationships with funders/advertisers.

Staff Update

This past June, CASA welcomed summer student Sarah Slagerman to the CASA team. Slagerman began her fourth year of Engineering this past fall at the University of Manitoba, specializing in Biomedical Engineering. She completed her contract with CASA at the end of October.
Sarah has proved to be an invaluable asset to CASA with her work on several projects including a massive update to the membership database, completing an inventory of CASA resources and library information, as well as helping CASA Communications prepare for a brand refresh and website redevelopment project.

We bid a temporary adieu to Michelle French Lancaster. CASA’s Media and Communications Specialist starts her maternity leave in November. We’d like to thank French Lancaster for shepherding CASA through a brand refresh process and working closely with staff on Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, the grain safety fundraising campaign, and many other initiatives. We wish French Lancaster and her husband the best of luck as they welcome a new addition to their family.

We are also pleased to announce that Christopher Pelletier has joined the CASA team to pick up where French Lancaster left off. Pelletier will be working to redevelop the CASA website and to assist CASA staff with their marketing and strategic communication needs.

Pelletier comes to us from Northumberland County, Ontario, where he had his own website which was an on-line news portal for anything and everything which happened in the area. He has more than ten years of experience writing, designing, creating and producing advertising and marketing materials for print and web and almost twenty years of journalism experience. He has experience in image and video capture, and significant experience using social platforms for communications and marketing purposes. He is also bilingual, and is used to developing relationships with funders/advertisers.

Calendar

The following is a list of upcoming activities at CASA. Get your calendars out!

Membership Renewal
Is it time to renew your membership? Remember, you must be a CASA member in good standing to vote at CASA’s AGM and receive a reduced conference price. To find out if it’s time to renew, contact Liz Ellis Clark at 1- 877-452-2272 or lclark@casa-acsa.ca or visit casa-acsa.ca to renew online.

March 2017
Save the Date: Canadian Agricultural Safety Week will run from March 12th to the 18th, 2017. The theme is “Appealing to Adults” and will focus on what adults can do to stay safe for themselves and their families as they juggle life on the farm. It’s year two of the larger “Be an AgSafe Family” campaign, a three-year initiative to promote farm safety for each generation on the farm. Check agsafetyweek.ca for updates on this important campaign.
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