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National Report Card Results 2012

Posted on: 5-October-2012

Safe Communities KL Scores High on National Report Card

A dedicated Leadership Table, focus on priority setting, vision for sustainability and effective community engagement were the key factors in the Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes (SCKL) receiving high ratings in the Safe Communities National Report Card released recently. The National report card, released by Safe Communities Canada, is an annual measurement tool used to help local Safe Communities identify achievements and attributes as well as areas of development or improvement.

 The 2011 report card revealed that Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes received a score of 20 out of 20 for attributes of Canadian Safe Communities. Attributes measured are leadership, priority setting, sustainability and community engagement. Kawartha Lakes score ranked higher than the national average of 16.1/20 and the Ontario Region scores (16.6/20). Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes is one of twelve Canadian Safe Communities to report a perfect Attribute Score.

 In addition, Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes scored high on indicators of International Safe Communities receiving a score of 25/30 which was again higher than the National and Ontario Region average. The combined attribute and indicator score was 45/50.

 “It is rewarding to see the national report card scores increase each year” comments co-chair Lynda DaSilva. Fellow co-chair Donna Villemaire agrees and adds “This is the fourth report card our Safe Communities Leadership Table has completed and each year the level of achievement has risen.”

 The report card process begins in early summer with a survey of 55 questions. Responses to these questions are recorded and analyzed by G. Ferrara-Organizational Health Consultant. The questions reflect the mission, vision and strategic priorities of the parent organization Parachute.  For each Canadian Safe Community it is anopportunity to reflect on its activities and achievements over the past year, and to identify opportunities for growth and improvement in the future.After tabulating the responses from each of the 63 Safe Communities across Canada, the results are shared in early fall independently with each local safe community.

 Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes received its designation in June 2009. It is one of 63 communities in Canada to recieve Safe Community designation.

A designated Safe Community is one which believes that a safe life is a basic right, and views its designation as a public affirmation of, and testament to, its aspiration to create a safer life for all its citizens.

For more information on Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes please contact Evelyn Chambers, Coordinator at 705-878-5081 or email

Updated October 26, 2013