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



Just Posted

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Accused Shuswap drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Police issue warrant for Sicamous man

Sheldon Odd wanted for theft under $5,000

Trustee to consider opening outdoor school in September

Staff recommend South Canoe School re-open with a new district program

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

ERS band students swing in the season with Winter Concert

Show features mix of modern numbers and Christmas classics

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

Moose calves rescued in northern B.C. are ‘golden nuggets:’ researcher

Calves discovered near Prince George in late May. Mother had been killed by a car

Missing Alberta man could be headed to Victoria

Police in Alberta say Vernon “Allan” Pickard has not been heard from since late November

Cineplex charges extra at some Star Wars screenings

Fans are getting a surprise twist at the box office with extra $1 charges for assigned seating

Toddler sent to hospital following dog bite at Vancouver Island daycare

Malamute/husky cross involved in incident at 1200-block of Burnside Rd. West

Most Read