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'Smart risks' can reduce injury, death: Speaker shares story with Cobourg Collegiate Institute students

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Melissa (Missy) Hague spoke to students at CCI in Cobourg Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 about taking "smart risks" after being in an automobile accident that left her a paraplegic. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Melissa (Missy) Hague spoke to students at CCI in Cobourg Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 about taking "smart risks" after being in an automobile accident that left her a paraplegic. SUBMITTED PHOTO

COBOURG -- Cobourg Collegiate Institute (CCI) students heard Wednesday from the survivor of a motor vehicle accident that left her a paraplegic.

Under the "No Regrets Live" presentation organized by Safe Communities Northumberland County and through the Parachute Canada program, Melissa (Missy) Hague talked to the young people about taking "smart risks" to reduce injuries and death.

"No Regrets is an internationally-acclaimed presentation that encourages young people to take 'smart risks' and reduce the risk of injuries to themselves and others," states a media release from the local Safe Communities organization.

"As a young girl, Hague was involved in a car crash caused by a drunk driver that killed her mother and left her a paraplegic. Based on her own experiences, Hague will remind local students that their actions and decisions on taking risks can greatly affect themselves and others," states a media release.

A similar presentation was made in area schools last year.

Safe Communities spokesperson Joanne Brewster states that "by allowing more Northumberland students to experience the No Regrets Live show, we hope to help more youth see the risks in their everyday decisions, and assist them in making the right choices that promote safety and reduce the risk of injuries...Helping young people realize their actions have consequences, and promoting the importance of making smart decisions to prevent life-altering outcomes is an important message to share."

Every year 700 Canadian youth die in preventable accidents.

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