AUTO21 researchers give back to the Network
To show their thanks to the AUTO21 administrative team, researchers within the Network have made a donation to a safety project that is gaining steam in First Nation communities.
AUTO21 Researchers thanked the administrative staff for 14 years of support by donating $500 to the First Nations Children’s Safety Project Trust Fund — an initiative that provides Indigenous children with state-of-the-art booster seats and other vehicle safety products.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your hard work behind the scenes that support the success of our AUTO21 NCE funded projects and our students,” Dr. Brenda Vrkljan said in a statement on behalf of the Network researchers.
The First Nations Children’s Safety Project emerged from AUTO21’s Vehicular Injury in Aboriginal Communities project, led by Dr. Brent Angell, a social work professor at the University of Windsor. So far, more than 300 car seats have been distributed.
“The trust fund purchased booster seats for all of the families on Walpole Island,” said Naomi Williams, an AUTO21 student researcher who contributes to the project. “The goal of the trust fund is to send booster seats to as many First Nation Communities in Canada as possible.”
Since the 2012 launch of the project, Dr. Angell, has successfully involved 16 Indigenous communities, agencies and organization leaders to partner with researchers to devise innovative strategies to understand and reduce the risk of vehicular injury.
To donate to The First Nations Children’s Safety Project Trust Fund, call 519-253-3000 ext. 2093.