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RESPECT MATTERS

- Safety and Respect Expert Coming to Cobourg to Share Insights on How Workplaces Can Create a Culture of Respect -

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – Bullying isn’t just a schoolyard problem. It’s a major headache for workplaces, as it can cause poor morale, distrust and lost productivity.

Preventing workplace bullying by building a culture of respect is the focus of a Respect Matters event set for Cobourg next month. The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is organizing the workshop as follows:

• WHAT: Respect Matters: Understanding Power Imbalances

Features culture change expert and respect/safety specialist Paul Kells

• WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 9 am to 1 pm (Registration starts at 8:30 am)

• WHERE: Cobourg Lions Centre (157 Elgin St. E.)

• WHY: Paul Kells will share his expertise on helping to create safer, more respectful cultures that save lives and reduce workplace injuries. Takeaway resources are included.

• TO JOIN: Cost is $125/person (includes lunch, snack, refreshments). Register before March 31, and you will be entered in a prize draw for a $50 gift card to an office supply store. Find out more by calling the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1495, emailing healthyworkplaces@hkpr.on.ca or click here.

“Respect in the workplace is the core value that drives safe and healthy workplace cultures to new standards,” says Kells, who has plenty of motivation to promote more respectful, safer workplaces. His own son, Sean, died in a workplace explosion in 1994.

“Paul Kells is renowned for his work in building more respectful workplaces and safe communities,” says Lisa van der Vinne, a Workplace Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit. “We’re very pleased to have someone of Kells’ expertise coming to Northumberland County to share insights and ideas with local workplaces.”

Van der vine says the Respect Matters workshop is geared to help everyone – workers, managers and owners – understand the physical and mental health risks that come with disrespectful and inappropriate behaviour. Included is a focus on the power imbalances that can especially affect new and young workers. Kells will also share techniques that workplaces can use to address power differences, encourage respect and help eliminate bullying, harassment and discrimination.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Lisa van der Vinne, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 1256.

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