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For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2010

Project Lifesaver Peel Comes to Peel Region

Program offers radio tracking technology to protects those at
risk of wandering due to cognitive impairment

BRAMPTON, ON. (May 20, 2010) – The Region of Peel, in partnership with Peel Regional Police and O.P.P. Caledon Detachment, announces the availability of Project Lifesaver Peel.  The program offers a safety net for cognitively impaired adults and children with a history of wandering due to Alzheimer’s disease, autism or down syndrome.

Project Lifesaver Peel provides a rapid response and rescue system using radio tracking technology to locate high risk individuals before they come to harm. Individuals enrolled in the program are equipped with a one-ounce wrist transmitter that emits a signal that can be tracked over a seven-kilometre radius. Search times are significantly reduced and the system operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Project Lifesaver Peel is available in Brampton and Caledon and will launch in Mississauga this fall.

A community launch event will be held to mark the availability of Project Lifesaver Peel in Brampton and Caledon:

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Location: Earnscliffe Community Centre
44 Eastbourne Drive, Brampton, ON
West of Torbram Road; South of Clark Boulevard
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Representatives from Peel Regional Police, O.P.P. Caledon Detachment and York Regional Police will share Project Lifesaver success stories, provide details of the program and have the equipment available for display. Leading autism risk and safety management expert, Dennis Debbaudt, will deliver the keynote speech.

The Region of Peel, through its Human Services department, works with families that require Project Lifesaver Peel's services.

“Project Lifesaver Peel demonstrates our commitment to collaborate and deliver valuable programs that enhance resident’s safety and quality of life,” says Sandra Solonik, Acting Manager, Community Services. “I encourage families and community agencies to attend the Project Lifesaver Peel community launch to learn how this ground-breaking technology can safeguard those in their care.”

For more information on Project Lifesaver Peel or to register for the community launch event, contact: Erica Opoku, Project Lifesaver Co-ordinator, 905-791-7800, ext. 5941, projectlifesaver@peelregion.ca.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon.



Anna Da Costa
Public Affairs Coordinator
Communication Services
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4669

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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