The Western New York Safety Conference, Inc., an organization focused on the reduction of injuries and illness in the workplace, has announced their annual scholarship award winner and details of their 2022 safety conference.
Emily Zehnder of Glenwood, a graduate of Holland High School, is the recipient of the $1,500 Educational Achievement Award Scholarship for 2021. A member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, 4-H and Varsity Volleyball team, Zehnder carried a 94.5 average during her senior year, ranking her fifth in her graduating class.
In her winning essay, Zehnder wrote about safety precautions practiced daily at her grandparent’s farm, where she has worked for the past six years, as well as health and safety precautions learned while participating in 4-H.
“Safety towards farmers and farm workers will impact me in my chosen career path greatly,” she wrote. “After college, my plan is to run a dairy farm of my own or manage a dairy farm for someone else. Farm safety is very important in general because without farmers and farms, the world would be a hungry place. The safety and well-being of farmers, farm help, farm animals, and consumers are key to feeding the world. Without safety precautions and health benefits, more farms could be sued, desperate for help, or go fully bankrupt. America is dependent on farms for the products Americans consume on an everyday basis.”
The organization also announced that its annual Western New York Safety Conference will take place March 23-24, 2022, at the Seneca Events Center in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The conference was cancelled this year due to challenges related to the pandemic.
Registrations made for the 2020-21 conference will carry over to the 2022 conference. Keynote speakers for the 2022 conference will include Garrison Wynn, a chemical plant explosion survivor, speaker and author; Mike Coe and Dave Catallo of Honda Canada; author and speaker Joe Sweeney; and author and body language expert Traci Brown.
Established in 1935, the WNY Safety Conference has evolved into an annual exchange of safety, health and environmental information directed toward first line supervisors, workers, company administrators with safety and health responsibilities, and the practicing professional. The conference is recognized by both employers and employees alike as an outstanding provider of information that has contributed substantially to the advancement of safety, health, the environment, the worker and the general public.