Recognizing the hazardous nature of work in the agricultural sector, Sandy works hand in hand with industry and community partners and volunteers to improve health, safety and well-being in Ontario’s agricultural and rural communities. Building and nurturing authentic relationships at a grassroot level, she says, is key to accomplishing WSPS goals. I am continuously inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of our partners as we collaborate and innovate together . . . and the passion, dedication and aha moments shared by our rural volunteers.
In addition to working with industry partners, such as OMAFRA, Equine Guelph, Anabaptist Safety Committee and more, Sandy supports a province-wide network of committed volunteers and community partners. These diverse relationships aid WSPS in implementing unique outreach strategies that bring the health and safety message home. Among her many accomplishments, Sandy highlights her role as President of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH), partnering with Imperial Oil (Esso) to develop and implement the Stop Think Act behaviour-based program to help keep farmers, their families, and workers safe. Her long-standing dedication to the industry has enhanced efforts to deliver prevention messaging and actionable resources to those who need it most.
I have always known I wanted to do something that matters and makes a difference. I know that together, the work we do to develop, deliver, and communicate the right safety messages and solutions to farmers does matter. We ARE helping more farmers and their family members get home safely every day.
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