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City of Mississauga Partnership Program To Benefit From $57,467 Swim To Survive Grant

Jan 05, 2011

The City of Mississauga’s partnership with the Lifesaving Society will benefit 3,728 Grade 3 students in Mississauga through a $57,467 grant from the society’s “Swim to Survive” School Grant Program. The City has offered the “Swim to Survive” program for six years and is estimated to have helped approximately 20,000 Mississauga children to learn life-saving swim survival skills this season alone.
“We’ve always championed the Swim to Survive School Program at the City because it teaches young children skills that will potentially prevent them from drowning and save their lives,” said John Lohuis, director of Recreation and Parks. “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this grant. It will allow us to continue to provide this program in our community.”

The City of Mississauga was the first municipality to offer the Swim to Survive program through its partnership with Barbara Underhill’s Stephanie Gaetz KEEPSAFE Foundation and the Lifesaving Society. It is estimated that this new $57,467 grant will allow one in three Mississauga children in Grade 3 in the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board to take this lifesaving course.

Swim to Survive does not replace traditional swimming lessons, but encourages youth to continue in swimming lessons. It provides the essential minimum to enable a child to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Swim to Survive focuses on achieving a single skill sequence (roll into deep water, tread water for one minute and swim 50 metres.)

“The Lifesaving Society is delighted to have provided Swim to Survive grants to our partner municipalities who have together trained more 320,000 children since the school grant program began in the 2006/07 school year,” added Barbara Byers, public education director with the Lifesaving Society.

The Swim to Survive School Grant Program is made possible by grants from the Ontario Ministry of Education; the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and $100,000’s in donations from Barbara Underhill’s Stephanie Gaetz KEEPSAFE Foundation; the Lifesaving Foundation and many individual and corporate donors.

As Canada’s sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens’ quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which are reflected in its motto: “Leading Today for Tomorrow.”

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