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Good turnout for Chiefs’ Safetalk session

by Robert Campbell

The Lakefield Fitzsimmons Towing and Repair Junior C Chiefs held their Safetalk on Saturday with the team attending the morning session and community members attending the afternoon session.

Cecilia Marie Flynn the Livingworks head instructor from Hamilton facilitated the sessions.

Cecilia was pleased that the OHA and in particular the Lakefield Chiefs are bringing this program into their communities, stating it is long overdue and the more people that are exposed to the talk the more lives that potentially will be saved.

Safetalk is the acronym for Suicide Alertness For Everyone and the four step process is Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe.

Forty-nine people including players and community members attended the two sessions and were taken thought the four step process.

“This program is designed to give individuals some tools to assist them should they be exposed to someone that may be considering suicide,” says Bob Campbell a director with the Lakefield Chiefs. “We feel that our team and all the people that attended the talk are now better equipped to deal with this complex issue.”

Partners Team 55 member Dr. Kristen Kelly, Lakefield Lions Club member Kit Martin and the Lakefield Fitzsimmons Towing and Repair Junior C Chiefs were very pleased with the turn out at the talks and believe this partnership was very beneficial. As one parent put it, “The only thing that could have made this better is if my son was here.”

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