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The 57th Annual
2020 Safety
Awards Banquet

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Awards Banquet


     Each year in March, the Ontario County Safety Council recognizes individuals and organizations that have done amazing things within the community in relation to health and safety. Award recipients are nominated by members of the community for their actions throughout the year in which they may have implemented a safety plan, improved their safety records above institutional standards, relieved someone that is in distress by use of the Heimlich maneuver, utilized an Automatic External Defibrillator to reverse a cardiac arrest and most notably, acted in a courageous manner and saved the life of another.


     Approximately 20 people and/or businesses are recognized by the council and the attendee's of this banquet every year, each recipient is awarded a beautiful wooden plaque and in the case of the Heimlich maneuver recipients, their name is placed on a plaque that is on display at the American Red Cross office in Canandaigua.

     If you know of someone you feel may be worthy of recognition from our Council, please click on the related links for the guidelines and the nomination form.

     Ontario County Safety Counsel Chairperson, NYSP Sgt. Ken Kehl (left) shakes hands with the Honorable Judge Craig Doran (right) at the 2013 50th Annual Awards Banquet.

     Should you or your organization be interested in supporting the Safety Council with the awards banquet, please feel free to Contact our Chairperson for further information.

5-Hour Driving Course Scholarship

     It is the mission of the Safety Council to make the required 5 hour driving course available to all citizens of Ontario County when the cost of the course would prevent a student from enrolling due to a documented hardship. Applicants will need a verifiable letter of recommendation from a school counselor, DSS Caseworker, Church leader or other community assistance program representative to accompany the application.

     This is a voucher-based program designed to cover the cost of approved mandatory 5-hour driving courses.  No cash value.  The voucher will be sent to you, to be presented before you begin class, or sent directly to the driving school according to their preference. 

Currently, the participating driving schools are:
Canandaigua Driving School
6070 Collett Rd
Farmington, NY 14425
also: Geneva, NY  14456
Phone: (585) 742-2303

Morgan School of Driving
6720 Pittsford Palmyra Rd
Fairport, NY 14450
Phone: (585) 425-2410

Driver Don's Driving School
Penn Yan
Phone: (607) 566-8507
Suburban Driving School
1350 Turk Hill Rd
Fairport, NY 14450
Phone: (585) 388-1260

     Please let us know if you have any questions or comments regarding our 5-Hour Driving Course voucher program.
"One Text or Call..." Program

     Having success with the Click it or Ticket program in the late 1990’s that has continued for years, the Ontario County Safety Council has taken on a new initiative. The “One Text or Call, Could Wreck it all” program is based upon a National Program with the same name. The Ontario County Safety Council’s goal is to lessen the devastating effects that distracted driving has upon our young drivers.


     The new program will focus upon drivers in the 16-22 year old age and will include many promotional initiatives, such as signage at local schools and colleges, in vehicle awareness items and the use of billboards and advertising opportunities.

      The Ontario County Safety Council applied for and successfully received a grant from the F.F. Thompson Foundation that will be used to further support our plans, so look for our logo in the community in the Fall of 2013.


     The Safety Council will also be working with other programs that are available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association and numerous insurance companies throughout the country.
I.C.E. Program

     The Canandaigua Safety Council with funding from the FF Thompson Guild introduced the ICE Program in August of this year. The ICE, an acronym for In Case of Emergency, program is one in which local child safety seat technicians work with parents or caregivers to place information on a decal, that will then be installed on the child’s safety seat.


     The decal will contain emergency information about the child in case the parent or caregiver is unable to provide such information at the scene of a traffic crash.

     Each vehicle that has seat with the ICE decals will also have a distinctive decal on the outside of the vehicle to provide emergency responders with notice that an ICE decal is located within the vehicle. 

     If anyone is interested in having one of these decals placed on their child seat or would like to have their child seat inspected for a correct installation, please contact the Canandaigua Police Department, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, or the New York State Police to arrange an appointment.

I.C.E. Window Decal

Decal in place

Car Seat Decal to be affixed to the child's seat

     The Child Seat Check event at the Canandaigua Fire House in August kicked off our ICE Decal program.

     A special thanks to The FF Thompson Guild for providing funding toward this 2012 initiative.
Traffic Safety DIP

     The Ontario County Safety Council has a committee on Traffic Safety, as this is an issue that effects each and every member of the community and is related to several deaths and many injuries each and every year. The Traffic Safety Committee works with government agencies and support initiative when possible, they include child passenger safety, seat belt education and issues related to impaired and distracted driving.

     The Safety Council's sole source of income is the presentation of Driver Improvement Program classes to government agencies in Ontario County, these programs are taught through AAA with there certified program and instructors. Attendee's of these classes will have points removed from their driving record is applicable and receive a 10% discount on their vehicle insurance rates. The driver improvement classes vary in content, but address issues such as distracted driving, driving for road conditions, changes in laws related to vehicular traffic and standard driver safety information.
     The class must be taken every 3 years in order to continue to receive your insurance discount and the length of the class is 6 hours.

     For further information on the Driver Improvement Program, please Contact the Safety Council.
Scholarship Program

     Established in 1993 and named after Mr. Richard E. Ogden, the Ogden Scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior at the Canandaigua Academy who is furthering their education in the field of public safety.

     Previous recipients have gone on to careers in law enforcement, fire fighting and other public safety endeavors, both as careers and as volunteers. 

     Mr. Ogden was one of the founding members of the Safety Council, having served the first of his two terms as President in 1967.  Mr. Ogden was a tireless advocate on behalf of public safety and service to community who was unfortunately and ironically killed in a motor vehicle crash in May of 1993.  The Ontario County Safety Council is pleased and honored to be able to present this $ 1,000.00 yearly scholarship award in his memory.

CLICK HERE to see Past Years' Recipients

Mr. Richard E. Ogden
Smoke Alarm Program

     For several years the Ontario County Safety Council has addressed the issue of persons with hearing deficiencies not having proper smoke detectors in their homes. The Council formed a sub-committee to formulate a plan and determine if funding could be obtained. It was decided to target a specific group of hearing impaired persons, that being students in our area schools. The Council worked with persons from local schools that could determine eligible students and then with local fire departments that would install the units in homes within their district.

     As the Council operates on a very small budget with funds derived from providing Driver Improvement Classes to government agencies, we sought funding from outside sources to facilitate this project. During the initial project years, funding was obtained from the Canandaigua
Rotary Club and from the Finger Lakes Chapter of Safe Kids International, as well as funds allocated from the Safety Council to purchase the detectors. In this phase 11 smoke detectors with extremely loud notification and flashing strobe lights were installed in students homes around Ontario County.


     Hearing Impaired Smoke Detector with Strobe.
     In 2010 the Safety Council was able to obtain a grant from the F.F. Thompson Foundation to support this initiative, with this grant we were able to purchase an additional 12 detectors, of which 8 have been installed in students homes thus far. To date, over 30 detectors have been installed throughout Ontario County.

     If you know of a student aged person in need of a hearing impaired smoke detector in their home or would like to sponsor our program, please feel free to Contact the Safety Council.
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