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Our Story

Our Story

The most exciting opportunity each year is the high energy leadership development conference for students; a source of training, networking and inspiration for all.  The conference is made up of a broad spectrum of workshops and impactful speakers, including the stories of those directly affected by impaired driving, providing everyone with the motivation to make a positive difference.

OSAID reaches more than 30,000 students annually, through 300 chapters, with 5,000 amazing volunteers.

The most exciting opportunity each year is the high energy leadership development conference for students; a source of training, networking and inspiration for all.  The conference is made up of a broad spectrum of workshops and impactful speakers, including the stories of those directly affected by impaired driving, providing everyone with the motivation to make a positive difference.

OSAID reaches more than 30,000 students annually, through 300 chapters, with 5,000 amazing volunteers.

Our Story

Over the past decade, 20,000 youth leaders have graduated through OSAID. Each year OSAID reaches more than 300,000 students through 300 chapters (supported by adult and youth advisory councils across the province), with 5,000 amazing volunteers. Team leaders and volunteers gain invaluable life skills, grow and build confidence as they participate in networking, leadership and communication opportunities.

OSAID addresses an issue critical to us all, safety on our roads, while developing future leaders who will make lasting contributions.

History

In the early 1980’s the students’ fight against impaired driving began with a handful of dedicated students, police officers and teachers, and support from the Drinking and Driving Countermeasures Office of the Ministry of the Attorney General.

In 1987 the OSAID program began. After establishing a Board of Director’s and Student Advisory Committee, they received grants from Health and Welfare Canada to begin publication of an OSAID newsletter, to hire a Provincial Coordinator, and to establish a central office.

Since 1989 OSAID has grown from 100 to over 300 secondary school chapters. The office acts as a support hub for all OSAID groups needing information and resources. Every year OSAID hosts a Provincial Conference and in 1993, 2004, 2011 and 2013 hosted the National Canadian Youth Against Impaired Driving conference. All OSAID’s work supports everyone who is working to stop the number one killer of youth.

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