Bev Velestuk

  • Road Safety Trainer

    Bev has been a Road Safety Instructor at SSM since 2000 and is primarily responsible for delivering Novice Driver, Responsible Driver and Defensive Driver courses. To date, she’s taught 7,300 students in these courses. She recently has added Natural Resource Canada’s SmartDriver in the City program to her repertoire.

    Bev’s areas of expertise include road rules and interpretation and analysis of collision and offence statistics.

    Prior to coming to SSM, Bev worked as a Truck Driver Training Coordinator and Truck Driver Fuel Economy Challenge Coordinator for Saskatchewan Trucking Association and worked in Road Safety Program Development and as a Delivery Specialist at Manitoba Public Insurance.

    Throughout her career, Bev has made significant contributions to the road safety industry:

    • Chaired the first committee that investigated use of ignition interlock devices in Manitoba;
    • At MPI, worked with a variety of Manitoba organizations to promote road safety awareness, including Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (now Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries), Manitoba Chiefs of Police, RCMP, CP Rail, Winnipeg Fire Fighters, Winnipeg Police Services, Manitoba Trucking Association and the Brain Injury Prevention Association;
    • Secured permissions to train all Manitoba firefighters to provide child car seat safety inspections at Manitoba fire stations;
    • Coordinated the development and delivery of road safety programs at Manitoba Public Insurance including: Road Wise, MPI’s road safety program; the Road Watch program to catch impaired drivers; Click-in-to-Win campaign to increase seatbelt use; bringing the US Department of Transportation’s No-ZoneTM program to Canada (Manitoba was the first province to participate in the No-Zone campaign); Safe Grad; Operation Red Nose; the Firefighter Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Program, allowing parents to take car seats to Manitoba fire stations for advice on proper installation; and Emotions-In-Motion, a presentation warning drivers of how emotions and fatigue increase the risks of driving;
    • Researched road safety programs and analyzed collision and fine statistics (offences under the Highway Traffic Act) to determine trends and targets for safety programs;
    • Made safety presentations at schools and Manitoba Safety Council conferences; and
    • Served on the Board for the Manitoba Road Safety Coordinating Committee (1996-2000).

    Bev’s safety mantra is to drive safely at all times. “It is every driver’s responsibility to pay attention, follow the rules, slow down and always drive to prevent harm to yourself and others,” she says. “We share the road – we don’t own it.”

    Courses/Training Completed:

    • Red River College Commercial Driving School Instructor for Class 5 Vehicles in Manitoba
    • National Safety Council, Certified DDC Instructor/Trainer for “Alive at 25”