Youth Making Positive Choices – Student Winners Announced

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Last night the top student entries for the “Youth Making Positive Choices” program were announced at a Parent Fentanyl Forum, hosted by the Abbotsford Police Department, School District 34 and the Abbotsford Police Foundation. Congratulations to the winners!

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Winner: Manraj Aulakh (John Maclure)

Runners Up:
Jaida Goeson, Breanna Tanguay and Piper Thompson (Sandy Hill)
Parker Moffat and Justin Jeon (McMillan)
Shyla Giesbrecht and Brooklyn McCaig (McMillan)

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Winner: Bryce Matties and Russell Peters (ASIA Sumas)

Runners Up:
Anilee Nesbitt and Chloe Teichroeb (ASIA Sumas)
Hayden Pickering, Neel Riarh, Nikolas Ferrario (Fraser Middle)
Lauren Palmer (ASIA Sumas)

Please visit our Facebook Page to see winning submissions.

The Abbotsford Police Foundation was able to fund this new APD initiative as a result of the generous donations from our citizens and sponsors, including Columbia Cabinets and Scotiabank. The 2017 program was developed by the APD in partnership with School District 34 and was designed to engage youth in our community, empowering them to make good life choices.

“This is a very important initiative that will help our youth stay safe,” said Kevin Boonstra, President of Abbotsford Police Foundation. “I was pleased to see so many excellent entries from across our community.”

“Parents, please, it is so important that you talk to your children about this crisis. They need to know the facts”, states Chief Bob Rich, “the dangers of using illicit street drugs has never been greater.”

Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools for Abbotsford School District added, “Through our partnerships with the police department and health authority officials, we are discovering that today’s youth are learning about drug use at an earlier age than ever before. It is important that as educators we do our part to ensure active conversations take place around the impact and prevention of drug use. Our district distributes educational information to counsellors, administrators and youth-care workers, who work directly with our students to answer questions and clarify misconceptions.”