In Our Community

SARIMS Donates to the Multi-Agency School Support Team (MASST)

SARIMS is proud to give back to the communities our members operate in. One of the charities SARIMS donated to in 2016 was the Multi-Agency School Support Team (MASST), a program run through the Calgary Police Service providing risk identification and intervention for children age 5-12 in Calgary. The donation given by SARIMS goes towards purchasing helmets, bicycles and providing road safety training for children in Calgary who might not otherwise have access to these items.

SARIMS Board Member, Curtis Desiatnyk presenting the 2016 SARIMS donation cheque to Sergeant Todd Stephenson of the MASST program.

SARIMS Donates to the South West Alberta Road Safety Society (SARSS)

A second charity that is supported by SARIMS members is the South West Alberta Road Safety Society (SARSS) which also provides bicycles, helmets and road safety training for children in the Lethbridge and Southern Alberta region.

SARIMS board Member, Len Cheryk presenting the 2016 SARIMS donation cheque to Mr. Zealand Leavitt and the SARSS team.

In 2016 SARIMS also made charitable donations to the William H. McGannon Foundation ($10,000) and to the Canadian Red Cross for Alberta Fire Relief ($2,500) following the devastating fires in Fort McMurray.

SARIMS Reduces the Risk for Young Cyclists

The Southern Alberta Risk and Insurance Management Society (SARIMS) has brought some practical risk management help into the lives of deserving Alberta children. SARIMS is proud to have donated a total of $4,000 to two deserving programs - the Southwest Alberta Road Safety Society’s (SARSS) annual bike & traffic safety rodeo, and the Calgary Police Service's FAAST program. These donations were for the purchase of life-saving cycle helmets and bicycles, with the equipment provided free of charge to children in need. 

One stop for the SARSS bike & traffic safety rodeo was held in Lethbridge, AB over 12-13 April 2014. SARIMS was represented at this event by Len Cheryk, who reported that approximately 900 enthusiastic youngsters aged 2-12 worked their way through a variety of stations designed to teach them important bike safety skills. Any child who identified that they didn't have a bike helmet due to financial hardship was fitted for a free helmet by onsite Alberta Health Services staff. Please check out the photos from the event below:

The Calgary Police Service is planning a similar event in Calgary in early July, with both helmets and bikes being provided to children in need.

SARIMS would also like to acknowledge the support of Suncor who made a $1,000 donation through their SunCares Employee Programs to support the Chapter in developing this initiative.