December 2, 2005
Media Release

York Region to launch Swim to Survive pilot program


NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will implement Swim to Survive, a drowning prevention program developed by the Lifesaving Society.
 
York Region’s partners in implementing this pilot initiative include all nine area municipalities, the York Region District School Board, the York Catholic District School Board and the Lifesaving Society.
 
Please join York Region and our partners at the official launch featuring the Grade 3 students of Our Lady of Hope Catholic School as they learn swim survival techniques.
 
When   Monday, December 5th
    9:30 a.m.
 
Where   Centennial Pool and Fitness Centre
   161 Newkirk Road, Richmond Hill
 
Participants
• Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch
• Town of Richmond Hill Mayor William F. Bell
• Elizabeth Crowe, Chair, York Catholic District School Board
• Barbara Underhill, Stephanie Gaetz KEEPSAFE Foundation and former Canadian figure skating world champion
• Grade 3 students from Our Lady of Hope Catholic School
 
Background
 
During the summer of 2005, there were an unprecedented number of drownings in Ontario. The majority of victims were new immigrants to Canada whose families experience a lack of resources to access swimming lessons.
 
York Region’s pilot initiative will teach students in participating schools across York Region the basic skills required to survive an unexpected fall into water.
 
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For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and the services our Region offers, please visit our Web site at: www.york.ca
 
Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, Ext. 1238
 Email:  tim.paleczny@york.ca
 
 After hours media queries: Pager (905) 830-3302

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