RCMP Youth Advisory Council

Posted On Wednesday December 19, 2018
RCMP Advisory Council
RCMP Advisory Council students simulate driving a go-cart while impaired.

It’s not often youth get to grill the RCMP, the Mayor, and the Chair of the Board of Education about the issues that they’re facing.

On Friday, December 14 that’s exactly what happened. Twenty students in grades 10 to 12 from across the district spent the day at the Henry Grube Education Centre as part of the annual RCMP Youth Advisory Committee.

For many of the youth attending the highlight was the ability to freely discuss issues with a panel consisting of Chair Karpuk  RCMP Superintendent Sid Lecky, Mayor Ken Christian, District Principal Vessy Mochikas, and Sue Peterson, Team Leader with Child and Youth Mental Health. They asked questions relating to cannabis, vaping, health education, consent and a multitude of other topics.

“The students’ active participation in the discussions is a testament to their engagement and the sincerity of our community leaders,” said Rick Kienlein, Director of Instruction. “They asked thoughtful, direct questions and the panel answered the same way.”

The day’s activities also included trying to drive a go-cart through a course of safety cones. Easy enough, except for the impairment goggles. While the simulation of drunk driving was entertaining, it also demonstrated the risks associated with impaired driving.

Now in its fourth year, the event is a collaboration between the Kamloops RCMP and School District No. 73.

 

 

 

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