June 27, 2013
Imagine a community that purposely seeks out and acknowledges children and youth who are making positive choices. Now imagine that happening right in Meadow Lake!
Thanks to overwhelming support from local businesses, service providers, the City of Meadow Lake, Meadow Lake RCMP, and Prairie North Health Region's Population Health Promotion Unit, a Positive Ticketing Campaign will run in Meadow Lake from July 2 to September 4, 2013.
Young people who are seen making positive choices in Meadow Lake will be “ticketed” by members of the Meadow Lake RCMP, the Meadow Lake Fire Chief, the City Bylaw Officer, or members of Meadow Lake's Emergency Medical (Ambulance) Services. Positive choices can include such things as wearing a helmet, being active, volunteering, or even something as simple as young people hanging out in a place that will not lead to less healthy choices.
“There are two goals of the Positive Ticketing Campaign. The first is to reward young people for promoting safety or physical activity, and for being a role model in their community. Secondly, Positive Ticketing provides the adult doing the ticketing with an opportunity to build a positive relationship with the youth,” says Anne Duriez, Population Health Promotion Coordinator with Community Health Services in Meadow Lake.
Children and youth who are ticketed can redeem the ticket for a reward at one of six participating businesses. The reward options were purposely chosen to reinforce the message that positive choices are important. Two-hundred and fifty (250) tickets will be printed and issued to young community members over the course of the summer. At the end of the summer, every redeemed ticket will be entered into a draw for a Tablet, sponsored by Innovation Credit Union. The final draw for the Tablet will be made Monday, September 9, 2013.
Sponsors for the Positive Ticketing Campaign are: Meadow Lake Aquatic Center, Meadow Lanes Ltd.; Ron's Plumbing and Heating; Meadow Lake Subway; Martodam's The Clothing People; The Source; Northern Pride Publications; Innovation Credit Union, City of Meadow Lake, Meadow Lake RCMP, Meadow Lake Ambulance Services, and Prairie North Regional Health Authority .
Positive Ticketing was first introduced by Richmond, BC, RCMP Superintendent Ward Clapham as part of a vision to “imagine cops catching kids for doing things right”. Since the introduction of the program, Positive Ticketing campaigns have been used by law enforcement, businesses and others in communities across Canada to build relationships with young people.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer,306-446-6625
For a print version of the news release, click here.