June 15, 2016
Organizers and sponsors of the fourth annual Positive Ticketing Campaign in Meadow Lake are anticipating another successful summer recognizing and rewarding children and youth for the positive choices they make.
Anne Duriez, Prairie North Health Region Population Health Promotion Coordinator in Meadow Lake, says, “One of the things we learned from past Positive Ticketing campaigns is that authorities have enjoyed the opportunities to interact with young people in ways that recognize children and youth for their positive choices. When children are recognized for behaving in positive ways, parents are also encouraged in their efforts to instill positive values in their children.”
This summer's Positive Ticketing Campaign in Meadow Lake runs from June 15 to September 14.
“Thanks to the support of a Meadow Lake business, children and youths who are seen making positive choices in Meadow Lake will be “ticketed” by members of the RCMP, the Meadow Lake Fire Chief, the City Bylaw Officer, Meadow Lake Ambulance/Emergency Medical Services members, or by local Housing Authority staff. Youth who receive the “tickets” can redeem them for a small soft ice-cream cone from the A&W restaurant in Meadow Lake,” explains Duriez.
A similar Positive Ticketing Campaign is expected to run for a third summer in Pierceland.
Duriez explains the goals of Positive ticketing Campaigns 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 citizen in their community. Positive ticketing also provides the adults doing the ticketing with an opportunity to build a positive relationship with children and youth.
“Just imagine the long-term impact on children and youth in a community that purposely seeks out and acknowledges them for making positive choices,” Duriez urges. “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.
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.
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