Sicamous SASCU becomes Safe Harbour

Program designed to shelter and protect individuals from all forms of harassment, prejudice and hate

  • Dec. 2, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Respect for all.

This is at the core of what is required for business or organizations to receive a Safe Harbour designation. The Sicamous branch of the Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union (SASCU) has earned that designation, and a ceremony celebrating this is being at the branch Thursday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m.

The Safe Harbour program is designed to shelter and protect individuals from all forms of harassment, prejudice and hate. The program provides training and resources to businesses, organizations, etc., to understand the value of diversity and inclusion, address issues of discrimination in the workplace and attract and retain a diverse workforce and clientele.

SASCU Sicamous branch manager Eldon Kralkay and his staff undertook the training for the branch to receive the designation.

“The training provided good discussions and tools to address specific situations we may face,” states Kralkay in a news release. “The decal on the door lets everyone know that our branch is a safe place where anyone in distress will receive a helping hand, even if it’s simply a place to come in and catch their breath.”

Bernie Desrosiers, president of Shuswap Settlement Services, says a Safe Harbour designation signals “a commitment to be a welcoming and safe place embracing diversity and inclusion,” as well as a commitment to staff, that complaints of racism or hate within the workplace will be addressed.

SASCU’s downtown Salmon Arm branch received its Safe Harbour designation in July.

“I’m very proud of SASCU’s commitment to this program,” says SASCU CEO Michael Wagner. “Staff have embraced its focus on serving all members of society with respect and understanding.”

Businesses or organizations interested in becoming a Safe Harbour designate can receive more information by contacting Shuswap Settlement Services by email at