January 23, 2020 - For Immediate ReleaseHumboldt, SK
– Horizon School Division and 12 partner agencies have signed on to a new Violence Threat Risk Assesment (VTRA) Protocol for the division. Representatives from the Ministries of Corrections and Policing, Education, and Social Services, as well as the Saskatchewan Health Authority, RCMP F Division, the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs, Saskatoon Tribal Council, Touchwood Agency Tribal Council, PARTNERS Family Serices, Humboldt Regional Newcomer Centre, Safe Community Humboldt & Area, and Humboldt & District Ambulance Services have committed to this important protocol. The Horizon School Division VTRA Protocol is activated when there is a threat of violence, or a potential threat of violence, in a school or school community. The multi-agency process works to gather the appropriate information, build a data-driven assessment, monitor the situation, and intervene to prevent violence in the community.
Horizon School Division has followed the VTRA protocol for a number of years, but did not previously have a document signed with outside partners in the area. With this protocol in place, all necessary community partners and agencies are familiar with and working from the same guidelines, across all Horizon communities. This protocol also allows Horizon School Division to train VTRA trainers internally, making it easier to provide this training for staff and partners.
"After close to five years of work and relationship building, I am proud that we now have a document to formalize our partnerships in this critical work," said Horizon's Director of Education, Kevin Garinger. "Before anything else, we must ensure that our students and staff are safe and cared for. Only then can we begin the work of educating, inspiring, and helping them to reach their potential."
VTRA was developed by Kevin Cameron and the North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response (NACTATR), the Yukon Threat Assessment Program, and the Alberta Children and Youth Initiative. This protocol supports collaborative planning among educational entities and community partners to reduce violence. It reflects safe, caring, and restorative approaches.
For more information, please contact:
Communication Services Officer
Horizon School Division Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol Signatories:
- Kevin Cameron, Executive Director, North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response [provided signature in advance]
- Donovan Fisher, Superintendent, RCMP "F" Division
- Heather Miller, Manager of Service Delivery, Ministry of Social Services, Child and Family Programs
- Tracy Gulka, Director, Community Corrections, Central Region, Ministry of Corrections and Policing
- Cheridy Machiskinic, Emergency Measures Coordinator, Touchwood Agency Tribal Council
- Robert Stephenson, Rural South East Director, Saskatchewan Health Authority – Mental Health and Addictions, [providing his signature at a later date]
- Mike Kwasnica, Fire Chief, City of Humboldt, Director, Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs [providing his signature at a later date]
- Janine Hart, Executive Director, The Humboldt Regional Newcomer Centre
- Hayley Kennedy, Executive Director, PARTNERS Family Services [providing her signature at a later date]
- Shari Hinz, Executive Director, Safe Communities Humboldt & Area
- Derek Dagenais, Advanced Care Paramedic Supervisor, Humboldt and District Ambulance Services
- Kevin Kleisinger, Director, Student Supports, Ministry of Education, [providing his signature at a later date]
- Tracy Wilson-Gerwing, Emergency Response Planning Coordinator, Saskatoon Tribal Council, [providing her signature at a later date]
- Kevin Garinger, Director of Education, Horizon School Division
community partners will be invited to join as training occurs. This will allow
the protocol to expand and reflect a comprehensive community commitment to the
safety of students, staff, and community members.