My name is Celia Ambeault and I am the founder of BuckleRite. I live in Scarborough and I strive to help my community keep their children safe in vehicles.
I am a CPSAC certified Child Passenger Safety Technician-Instructor (CPST-I). I have been working as a CPST since 2016, and I have performed hundreds of seat checks in that time.
I am also a busy mom of three children. They were my reason for becoming a technician. It truly is my passion, and I find so much joy in helping families with their car seats.
I have taken the Safe Travel for All Children course in San Antonio, TX which makes me one of the few CPST-Is with training for children with special needs in Ontario. At the same time, I attended the Lifesavers Conference 2018 (see below). I have volunteered at several car seat check events, and I continue to do so regularly. I also attended Kidz In Motion in 2019 in Orlando, FL, and constantly stay "in the loop" to ensure I know about new seats to the market.
I volunteer at Sick Kids helping with child passenger safety research as well.
I enjoy staying up to date with current recommendations, and you can rest assured that if I don't know something, I will find out the answer for you. I look forward to meeting with you!
What To Expect
Each appointment takes approximately one hour. See the Services Page for more information.
I will meet at your home or other determined location within the service area, and an assessment of the current state of installation and condition of the seat will be made and documented.
You'll be informed of any recalls on your car seat or parts of your car seat, if applicable.
You will be working, too! If you are unable to install the seats or don't want to, let me know and we'll find another way to get you familiar with your car seat.
You will learn more than you realized you could learn about a car seat.
All your questions will be answered. Make a list before your appointment.
If you're booking a prenatal appointment, I will bring my training doll who will serve to help you learn how to properly do up a harness, check for strap tightness, use infant inserts (if applicable), and use blankets safely.
Your child (if able to be present for the appointment) will be tried in the seat at least once to check for proper fit.
You will receive a CPSAC seat check form copy for your records, explaining what was done in the appointment.
Special Needs Technician
The course to learn about special needs as they relate to child passenger safety is not a certification course, and it is not offered in Canada. "Safe Travel for All Children: Transporting Children with Special Health Care Needs" was developed by the Automotive Safety Program with funding from the National Safety Council. It is an intensive two day course offered at various locations in the US, and its purpose is to serve as an enrichment course for CPSTs. I took this course in April 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, after which I attended the Lifesavers Conference 2018.
In Canada, we have less access to special needs car seats than in the US. But with the knowledge gained from this course, I am able to aid parents and caregivers in choosing a conventional seat that will work best for you and your child. If a special needs seat is necessary, I can assist you in finding the people who will be able to start the process of ordering one for you.
For a comprehensive list of medical conditions that can change how children need to ride in vehicle, as well as the considerations that apply to each condition, please click here.
What is CPSAC?
CPSAC stands for The Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada.
"The Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada is a national, not-for-profit corporation formed in 2011. Its members promote child passenger safety through public education, advocacy and training in children’s restraint systems (car seats and boosters)." (CPSAC.org)