2015 Public Education Symposium 2

The 2015 Public Education Symposium offered two locations (Metro Vancouver and Okanagan in November 2015)

Speakers in both locations included 

Ryan D. Betts Manager (Acting) - Public Safety Education, Office of the Fire Marshal & Emergency Management Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services

Ryan’s presentations will focus on:

  • Identifying your community’s fire problem
  • Targeting public education programs to identified risks
  • An overview of programming/resources available from ON

Kimberley Evans & Bill Ferguson   iGuardFire — Innovators of Fire Prevention Solutions

iGuardStove is a new product launched this past summer. This is new technology for preventing stove fires which has CSA and UL listing. Proudly Canadian, it is manufactured in Calgary AB with a head office in Kelowna BC. Kimberley and Bill will give an overview and demonstration of this new product and its extensive potential through Wi-Fi connection.

Multicultural Community - Reaching Newcomers and Understanding ESL Needs

Many of our communities have increasing numbers of new immigrants with little or no English language skills. Fortunately there are organizations that assist newcomers and as educators we need to connect with them and collaboratively provide fire and life safety education.

Lisa Herrera - Immigrant Services Society of BC Lead Instructional Coordinator— LINC Program

Claire Pinkett - Immigrant Services Society of BC Instructional Coordinator — LINC Program


Graham Specht - Kamloops Immigrant Services Coordinator - Diversity & Outreach Program

Autism - Public Education and First Response

In Public Education it is crucial that we are able to reach as wide an audience as possible. For those with Autism we need to adjust our presentation style to help them understand. First responders may need to present themselves differently to autistic patients or victims in an emergency situation in order to reach a successful conclusion.

Our speakers will carry on from the introduction to Autism at last year’s symposium.

Metro Vancouver

Scott Jackson - RMACL - Behaviour Consultant with Ridge Meadows  Association for Community Living

Rosie Keating  M Ed - RMACL - Educational Consultant with Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living


Vicki Cairns - Spectrum Consulting

Vicki is a retired special education teacher. She now has a private consulting and counselling practice in Kelowna where she specializes in working with youth and young adults with Autism and other “different abilities”.