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NEW RELEASE – Safety is Your Business by Denise Williams CRSP

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Safety Professional releases a solution geared Towards Small and Medium Sized Business

 BURLINGTON, Ontario – On June 15, 2015, Denise Williams, CRSP officially published her first book, titled Safety is Your Business: A Safety Solution for a Savvy Business. ©

“Creating a “culture of safety” in your business is critical for protecting the wellbeing of your assets; your employees, their families, and for creating an effective working environment,” says Denise Williams, a  Canadian Registered Safety Professional and author of this book. “Not meeting the required legislative requirement and industry standards can result in fines, lost productivity, direct involvement by regulatory officials and worst of all, injury or death of your workers. SLI has multiple offerings of service to help you create and maintain a robust safety culture.”

Safety is Your Business: A Safety Solution for a Savvy Business ©

Running a business can be difficult, a safety program is often overlooked. Safety is Your Business is a workplace safety solution for small and medium sized businesses that helps a business develop a safety program that will meet legal obligations, reduce incident related costs and commit you to a moral obligation to the people in your business, their families and your community.

What others are saying:

“Denise does a great job of taming the safety elephant that everyone has in their boardroom.” Les Kletke

“If you are in a business, and need a safety plan, you need this book.” M.Palmer, Hartley Bay Marina

Safety is Your Business © has been released in paperback and e-book. It can be ordered by contacting Denise Williams at; online at or iTunes, Kindle, Kobo or Amazon.  A complimentary downloadable version is available to media upon request.

 About the Author:

Denise Williams, Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Principal Safety Consultant, Author & Speaker. Denise’s consulting business was founded in 2011, working with clients from a broad spectrum of industries including transportation, manufacturing and financial.  In the 10 years prior, Denise held a number of workplace safety positions; a consultant at a provincial Safety Association, and a Health, Safety, Environmental Manager at two large manufacturing companies with responsibility for facilities in Ontario and the USA.

The professionals at DWSC hold a wide range of expertise including Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomics, Material Handling Specialists, Health Care Practitioners, Legal and Human Capital Specialists. We take a collaborative approach with clients while using industry knowledge, including workplace safety and environmental legislation from across Canada and the USA. While working with clients from industries including automotive, manufacturing, project based engineering, health care, nuclear, telecommunications, service, tourism and agricultural.

Working with driven entrepreneurs or members of leadership who want to simply “Do What Is Right”© for their employees, Denise was inspired to write “Safety is Your Business©”, as a testament to their dedication and to DWSC.



Denise Williams CRSP

Principal Safety Consultant

Skype: s8ftchk


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Manitoba Author Applauds Ability to Publish Rehtaeh Parsons’ name

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 MB Author Applauds Ability to Publish Rehtaeh Parsons’ name  

ILE DES CHENES, Manitoba (December 17, 2014) – Marianne Curtis, author of Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors applauds today’s decision by Nova Scotia Attorney General and Minister of Justice that the media would not be prosecuted for publishing Rehtaeh Parsons name as long as it was used respectfully.

Last month, the Manitoba author released Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors, which consists of stories of bullying survivors from Canada, the US and UK. Despite the publication ban, Leah Parsons story appears in the publication. Rehtaeh Parsons’ case attained worldwide notoriety when she committed suicide after months of cyber-bullying.

After Rehtaeh’s death, her mother, Leah, turned to social media to tell her daughter’s story. The hacker collective Anonymous got involved and intense pressure from them, the public, and the provincial government prompted the police to re-open the case. New evidence turned up and was given to Halifax police, who laid charges against two boys: one with production and distribution of child pornography and one with distribution of child pornography. There is a statutory ban on the naming of victims in child pornography cases in Canada, yet the media continued to name Rehtaeh Parsons until April 2014, when Nova Scotia Provincial Court Judge Jamie Campbell ordered the ban.

“I was honoured that Leah trusted me with Rehtaeh’s story. Her story inspired this book, including its name. I was raped in school, and expelled 30 years ago. I connected with her when I realized that if social media had been available in 1984, I may have done the same thing,” stated Curtis. “I had to do something to honour her life, and we have all been through this in one way or another. It just affects us differently. When I shared this with people, the stories started coming in.”

“In the book, I hated the fact I had to change her name to “Heather” otherwise I could get fined or jailed. Her story matters, her story will change lives. But to do that, we need to be able to use her name. I am thrilled that I can now go back, and change her name to Rehtaeh, and celebrate the young woman she was,” Curtis added. “I have already made the amendments to this book.”

Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors is a collection of real stories, written by real people who have suffered at the hands of bullies.  In each story, contributors dig deep into their own painful memories, to vulnerably expose their horrors with the hope that their survival will inspire others to fight. Along with real stories, Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors includes vital information that could help readers identify and stop bullying in their home or community.

What others are saying about Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors

“This is an excellent book which gives an insight into the lives of those who have lived with bullying. It is an honest, nitty gritty book full of stories of survivers. This book is at times hard to read because the stories are heartbreaking, but, when you know they are true stories; it really does make you think. This book should be read by teachers, school kids and parents.” – Julianna, Amazon Reviewer

“I’m so proud that this book is Canadian! While the resources and many of the stories included in this book are from all over North America and beyond, this book would help anyone dealing with bullying whether an adult or a child no matter where a person is from! Reading stories written by people who have survived bullying will lead to more and more people coming out with their personal story which is so empowering for them and can only be beneficial to battling the bullying epidemic that surrounds people of all ages. What an amazing compilation of stories, and while many of these stories are heartbreaking it is clear why each contributor is part of this book as a whole. – B. Howie, Amazon Reviewer

“The stories in this book are heartfelt and honest. The people who contributed share their stories with brutal honesty, but many also have that breath of hope. These people are hopeful that they can make a change and they are hopeful that they will overcome their traumatic experiences. There are resources in the back of the book – and more than just a list of phone numbers. There is information about bullying in the home, the school, and the workplace, how to identify it, how to report it, and who to turn to if you can’t cope with it. This is information that should be made available to every parent, teacher, counsellor, HR rep or union rep responsible for workplace harassment claims, teen, pre-teen,” Casia Schreyer, Amazon Review

Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors was released worldwide as a paperback and e-book on Amazon by Emerald Publications. The updated version is already available online. It will also available in several stores locally, including McNally Robinson in Winnipeg. Copies can be ordered online through the author’s website and various online bookstores including Barnes and Noble and Apple.

A complimentary PDF EBOOK is available for review

About the Author

Marianne Curtis is a well respected newspaper journalist for the Dawson Trail Dispatch in southern Manitoba, Canada with nearly twenty years of media, publishing, and freelance writing experience. Her first book, a personal memoir called Finding Gloria hit the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Bookstores in Winnipeg, and on Amazon in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. Curtis’s other published titles include: Moondust and Madness: a collection of poetry, Behind Whispering Pines, Brian’s Last Ride and A Discreet Betrayal.  

In 2013, she received a YWCA Woman of Distinction nod for inspiring others by sharing her story of struggle and survival after recovering from childhood abuse, bullying,  and sexual assault.


The author is available for public appearances, including (but not exclusive to) book clubs, libraries, media interviews and speaking engagements.


Marianne Curtis, author



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Rae of Hope contributor “Warrior Mom” shares her story with Weyburn media

Carlyle Mother Battles Bullies After 10-Year-Old Son Attempts Suicide

A Carlyle mother has been dubbed “warrior mom” in a brand new book called “Rae of Hope” by Marianne Curtis after going to battle against bullies for her son.

Jenna Nickie Therens has been very vocal about the dangers of bullying in schools after her 10-year-old son tried to hang himself in late September. She feels her son was bullied by a teacher as well as other students, leading to his depression.

“This one boy was sitting on his chest choking him on the playground and the teachers weren’t seeing it,” said Therens. “I’m not sure where the teachers were.”

Therens says her son’s school has done what they can to make the school day easier for him since the incident, however, he has not felt able to attend the elementary school in nearly two weeks and she is now considering home schooling. She says she doesn’t want to point fingers at the school but wants to be a voice for change and would like to see programs like “No Such Thing as a Bully” implemented in every school in the country.

Therens first shared her son’s bullying problem and suicide attempt through Facebook in mid-October and said she has received over 800 messages of support and many personal stories have been shared, with about two dozen voicing similar problems in the Southeast. She has started a Facebook page called “One for All and All for Everyone” to share personal experiences and find solutions to bullying.

She has a message for parents, “talk to your kids. Just keep talking to your kids; keep that communication line open, it’s so important. When they stop talking that’s really the scariest thing for a parent. And don’t stop, don’t give up, keep fighting for your kids, they need you.”

The province is currently recognizing Bullying Awareness Week.

The original story is here including her amazing radio interview

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New Book Provides Rae of Hope for Bullying Survivors – AM 1250

An interview I had with Michelle Sawatsky from AM 1250; this is the resulting story

New Book Provides Rae of Hope For Bullying Survivors

A local author used some of her own past experiences of being bullied as part of a collection of bullying survivor stories called “Rae of Hope” being launched Tuesday.
Marianne Curtis of Steinbach said when Bill 18 became a big issue here, she felt it was important for her to share her story, as she had been severely bullied in this area and was concerned that regulated changes would actually make a difference.
“I actually thought bullying was normal – that’s the sad part. When people I went to school with came forward with their own bullying stories, they encouraged me to share my story. I realized it was important to share my own story as well.”
She found that telling her story was very therapeutic, so she wanted to share this with other bullying survivors. She sent out a call over social media for people to share their bullying stories with her and she received submissions from all over Canada, USA and the UK.
“A lot of their stories were worse than mine, and it was really cool to give a voice to some of these stories that had never been spoken before, not even to family.”
Curtis said her book was supposed to be one book about bullying, but after receiving stories about sexual violence, child abuse, etc, it has inspired her to write an additional five other books to be a part of a  six-book series.
“This project has grown into something beyond writing a book. It’s inspiring other people to find healing and help, because that’s the only way to get over it.
Curtis encourages people to wear blue in support of the “Stop Bullying” message to the book launch at Jake Epp Library, Tuesday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

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New Book Tackles Bullying – Mix 96.7

This morning I did three radio interviews; this was the first one I did, with Corny Rempel from Mix 96.7 Steinbach

New Book Tackles Bullying

Marianne Curtis has a new book “Rae Of Hope” that will be launched on Tuesday November 18th at the Jake Epp Library at 7pm.
Here is what Marianne says about her new book.
“Last year, I had an opportunity to speak before the Manitoba Legislature and share my bullying story when they were considering Bill 18. This was the first time I ever stood up and shared the horrors I was subjected to as a young person. I was inspired by a young lady in Nova Scotia, who took her life after being subjected to some of the same things I was.
While preparing for my presentation, I received hundreds of emails in support, from other’s who have suffered the same and even worse. I realized I was lucky, and I had to be brave, not for myself, but for those who did not have a voice. Instead of letting those stories collect dust in my inbox, Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors was born. Over the past year, I have collected real stories from across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom and put them into an “all in one” resource. Rae of Hope also includes resources on how to identify and stop bullying in your home, school or community.

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