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Lifesaving Society Presents City of Mississauga With 2012 Arthur Lewis Cochrane Cup

Jun 07, 2013

At Mississauga Council, the Lifesaving Society presented the Arthur Lewis Cochrane Cup to the City of Mississauga for the ninth time. The Cochrane Cup, named for the founder of the Lifesaving Society in Canada, is awarded to the affiliated member organization with the largest lifesaving program.

“This award recognizes the City of Mississauga’s support of lifesaving and leadership training, and highlights our aquatic staff’s energy and dedication to the City’s programming excellence,” said Howie Dayton, Director of Recreation Services Division, Community Services Department. “In a waterfront community with a high number of young families, exposure to lifesaving skills helps our residents prepare and experience water environments safely.”

According to the Lifesaving Society, the City of Mississauga operated the largest lifesaving program in Ontario, the second largest leadership training program and the third largest first aid program in 2012.

“Drowning is a serious problem and the City of Mississauga is part of the solution,” said Barbara Byers, Public Education Director, Lifesaving Society. “That is why Mississauga has earned the Cochrane Cup for the ninth time edging out second place Ottawa and third place Brampton in this competition.”

Background:

* The Arthur Lewis Cochrane Cup has been presented annually since 1925
* Globally, an estimated 1 million people drown every year
* In Canada, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury deaths among children under five years of age
* Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death for children under 10
* With an estimated 500 fatalities annually, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death among Canadians under 60 years of age, surpassed only by motor vehicle collisions and poisoning

For more information contact Barbara Byers, Public Education Director, Lifesaving Society, at 416-490-8844/barbarab@lifeguarding.com or Lois Thornton, Manager of Standards & Training, Community Services Department at 905-615-3200 ext. 2326/lois.thornton@mississauga.ca.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 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 "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

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