SADD brings im­paired driv­ing aware­ness to youth

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Krystin McHugh The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Krystin McHugh

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.

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