Lost Youth Tour 2010 reaches thousands of students

In the fall of 2009, WorkSafeNB launched the Lost Youth Tour to help raise awareness and educate New Brunswickers on the importance of workplace safety training for young and new workers.

The tour featured Nick Perry, who, at the age of 19, broke his back in a lumberyard accident in B.C. Nick’s doctors told him he would never walk again, but he beat the odds and after a year of intense rehabilitation and physiotherapy began to walk again. Nick became a passionate advocate for workplace safety, and throughout three weeks during the 2009 Lost Youth Tour, shared his story with about 12,000 students.

Given the success of this tour, WorkSafeNB hosted a second Lost Youth Tour in 2010.

On September 27, Jonathan Plante, a young worker from Quebec, kicked off the tour by sharing his story with 11 Francophone high schools and community colleges, reaching 2,800 students. Since breaking his spine in 2007 in a three-storey fall at a construction site, Jonathan must use a wheelchair to get around.

Following Jonathan’s weeklong tour, Nick Perry joined us once again and visited 31 high schools, community colleges and workplaces, spreading his safety message to 9,200 young New Brunswickers. 

WorkSafeNB thanks the many schools, community colleges and employers for participating in the Lost Youth Tour 2010, as well as the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and the Department of Education for supporting WorkSafeNB’s safety initiatives.

The Lost Youth Tour has come to an end, but we hope its life-saving message will never be forgotten. Work Safe!