Karen Fromm is the founder and owner of Barrhaven and Area Safety Instructional Courses (BASICS). She teaches the Canada Safety Council Home Alone and the Babysitting Training Course to youth in the area. The Home Alone Course is for kids ages 10 and over and the Babysitting Course for 12 and over. These courses are for youth looking to build their skills in taking care of themselves while home alone and for others while babysitting.
Karen lives in Barrhaven with her husband and 2 children. Her daughter is 12 yrs old and her son is 15 yrs old. They are the inspiration behind her small business. When her children were of age to stay home alone or babysit, she discovered that there was a lack of this kind of training available. She wanted to fill the gap by offering these courses at convenient times on PD Days, March Break and during the summer holidays.
The majority of courses are taught at the Revera Prince of Wales Manor at 22 Barnstone Dr. She is also a service provider with OCCSB teaching her babysitting course at St. Mother Teresa H.S. Karen takes special requests from church groups, sports teams and Guide/Scouting groups and will teach a course at their location or add a new course to her schedule at their request. She tries to accommodate all learning styles and special needs such as children with ADHD, anxiety or speech/hearing impairments. Some courses have included guest speakers from police, fire, paramedics, nurses, parents of young children and even experienced babysitters. This makes for a very well-rounded course for young people.
Karen loves Barrhaven’s tight-knit community and family-oriented environment. Her knowledge of the community paired with her educational background and experience creates a great environment for any student, no matter their interest or situation.