Shannon Briggs

Businesses create local safety net

Immigrant Welcome Centre is teaching the Safe Harbour program to businesses and public organizations

Are you aware that Block Parent in British Columbia no longer exists?

Due to issues with having private homes as safe places, the program had to close its doors. But that left a large gap in creating a safer Campbell River for residents. To help bridge this gap, the Immigrant Welcome Centre is teaching the Safe Harbour program to businesses and public organizations.

The main commitments of Safe Harbour include:

  • providing an immediate safe place;
  • prepared employees and worksites;
  • and fair treatment for all.

Organizations can request workshops tailored to their unique needs. All Safe Harbour locations receive a window decal so customers and clients can see that you are a diversity friendly business and a safe place.

“Becoming a Safe Harbour teaches businesses best practices with hands-on customer service skills like (the) how to be respectful of all aspect of diversity and shows all customers and clients they are valued clients,” said Rachel Blaney, Executive Director of the Immigrant Welcome Centre. “Individuals benefit because it gives a sense of security and place to go if they are feeling threatened, uneasy or just want to be where they know they will be treated with respect.”

Developed in Nanaimo, and now used across Canada, Safe Harbour is an award-winning program with over 1000 locations in British Columbia alone. Look for the Safe Harbour decal in over 40 local organizations and businesses such as Subway, OK Tire, Sportsplex, RCMP Station, Family Services and NIEFS.  To set up your Safe Harbour training or to discuss your organizations specific needs contact SafeHarbour@ImmigrantWelcome.ca or call 250-830-0171.