May 20, 2015
Imagine the long-term impact on children and youth in a community that purposely seeks out and acknowledges them for making positive choices.
Imagine a community where adults are committed to watching for what youth are doing well, and where adults have the privilege of pointing out the positive behaviour of youth in the community.
For the third consecutive year, just such an initiative will be happening in Meadow Lake June 1 – August 31, 2015. A similar Positive Ticketing Campaign will also be running for a second summer in Pierceland throughout July and August.
Thanks to the support of Meadow Lake businesses Funkie's Ice-cream and Eastside Grocery, Meadow Lake RCMP, the City of Meadow Lake, Meadow Lake Fire Department, Meadow Lake Ambulance/Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Meadow Lake Housing Authority, and Prairie North Health Region's Population Health Promotion Unit, a Positive Ticketing Campaign will acknowledge young people for the positive choices they make.
Children and youths who are seen making positive choices in Meadow Lake will be “ticketed” by members of the RCMP, the Fire Chief, the City Bylaw Officer, EMS members, or by Housing Authority staff. Youth who receive the “tickets” can redeem them for a free single scoop ice-cream cone from either Funkie's Ice-cream, located near the Meadow Lake Mall, or from Eastside Grocery 601 – 3rd Street East.
Anne Duriez, PNHR Population Health Promotion Coordinator with Community Health Services in Meadow Lake says, “One of the things we learned from past Positive Ticketing campaigns was that by recognizing children and youth for their positive choices, parents were also receiving reinforcement for their efforts to instill positive values in their children.”
Duriez anticipates this summer's campaign will prove equally as successful. Its goals are to reward young people for choosing to use safety equipment such as bicycle or skateboard helmets, for being physically active, or for being positive role models in their community; and to provide adults doing the ticketing with an opportunity to build a positive relationship with youths.
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 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
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