In early 2019, Neil Flegel of Dowler Karn had the opportunity to work with Sandy Miller (Workplace Safety and Prevention Services) and Daphne Nicolle (Imperial) to expand and improve Find the Hazards activities promoting the Stop, Think, Act safety message. Neil volunteered to dust off his pencils and markers to assist in recreating the AG interactive poster and creating new ones to educate youth on the dangers associated with everyday activities. With Neil’s ‘man cave’ recently being overtaken by his wife Lynn’s crafting activities… she was drafted to play a part in the development of materials by adding a splash of color. We wanted to thank them both for their hard work in developing these tools, now being used by Progressive AG safety volunteers across Ontario!
Here’s what Neil had to say about the importance of safety:
“There’s an old saying…. ”carefulness costs nothing but carelessness may cost you your life”. At minimum, it may cost you enjoyment of your life while impacting your family and livelihood. For me personally, after having spent most of my career in human resources and management roles, I understand that working smart and focusing on doing things right is just good business. Safety is a mindset and recognizing and eliminating hazards should be second nature. In recent years, I have particularly found enjoyment in presenting the Stop, Think, Act methodology to youth. It is simple and relatable and they seem to embrace it!”
- Neil Flegel, General Manager at Dowler Karn
- While Neil also stays busy as a municipal politician, he admits to always having had a fondness for the arts. In his younger days, he pursued many artistic endeavors, including airbrushed T-shirts, graphic design for a successful clothing line (Lemming Wear), and was often known as the class cartoonist. Today, he typically only practices this skill with his nieces and nephews, drawing on napkins or restaurant table placemats.
- Thanks once again to Neil and Lynn for your commitment to safety in your community