SADD brings impaired driving awareness to youth
Students from Central Alberta gathered for the Stu- dents Against Drunk Driving (SADD) Regional Conference at the BCF on Wednesday, November 16.
“Usually there is one pro- vincial conference in either Edmonton or Calgary but this year they decided to do three, one day conferences in smaller communities,” Fritz, a local to Gene Donais on November 19, Suzanne Sands, Derek Dekeyser and Cody Hunt on November 20 and Laurin Main on November 21. Happy birthday this week to Carrie Moeller on November 28 and Carol Drotos on November 30.
Best wishes on your wedding anniversary to Fred and Gerri Shadlock on November 22, Tyler and Val James on November 24, Cliff and Chrissie McDougald on November 25 and Paul and Barbara Calon on November 27. graduate, said, “Drumheller was chosen because Morrin has such a strong SADD chapter.”
The conference had students from Drumhel l e r, Morrin, Delia, Brooks, Stettler, Trochu, Carstairs and Didsbury. Students heard speeches from Greg Drew, a retired firefighter who has plenty of experience dealing with the after- math of impaired driving and two moms who joined forces after both lost sons to Fentanyl overdoses, Yvonne Clark and Sharon Schubert. Constable Lucas Stewart also talked to students about drug recognition and taught students that impaired driving can happen from even legal, prescription drugs if taken wrong.
Hayden Bell, a spokesperson from PARTY (prevent accident related trauma to youth) Program shared his story of how he once was an avid athlete with a bright future in football that made a bad choice and suffered a severe brain injury in a near fatal car accident.
Students in Grades seven to 12, learned how it only takes one minute to make one bad choice that can impact them for the rest of their lives.
“Just one bad decision can affect your life and the lives of your family,” Bell said to the students.
SADD volunteers, (l-r) Krissy Meinema, Chelsea Fritz, and organizer Greg Schmidt, Provincial Youth Coordinator spread awareness to youth at the SADD re- gional conference held in Drumheller at the BCF on Wednesday, November 16.