Sandra LaRose, the mother of the late Kailynn Bursic-Panchuk and founder of Sharing Kailynn's Sunshine, is now on the Operation Lifesaver Saskatchewan Committee.
Kailynn Bursic-Panchuk was lost too soon in 2018 after a tragic collision with a train. Operation Lifesaver is dedicated to preventing collisions at railway crossings.
“I'm on that committee now, so hopefully we'll be able to bring some train safety stuff back to Weyburn sometime in the future,” said LaRose. “It's all important. Her story is life-saving in every aspect.”
LaRose hopes being on this committee will allow her to do her awareness presentation in Saskatchewan schools.
“It's hard to get into schools,” said LaRose. “I don't know how to do it, and when I joined the Operation Lifesaver Committee, they said they're the ones that could get me into schools, so hopefully I'll be able to do my presentation. I'll have to tweak it to include more train safety if I'm going in via them, but there's never too much train safety in Saskatchewan.”
She added the only Saskatchewan school she has done a presentation for so far was in Fillmore.
"They only asked me because they know me because Kailynn went out there,” she said. “But I think it's a pretty good presentation. I'm better at it virtually because I've only done it once in person, so I'm still full of nerves doing it that way.”
LaRose said she did presentations virtually to 21 schools in Manitoba last year, and is going back to Winnipeg for two weeks to do the presentations there.
Find out more about Operation Lifesaver HERE.