Can­ning stu­dent shown the ropes of be­ing mayor

Take Our Kids to Work Day gives Grade 9 stu­dents op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence ca­reers

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY ZOE AN­DER­SON GILLIS SPE­CIAL TO KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

At just 15, Cameron Oikle is get­ting ready to be­come Kentville’s mayor.

Oikle is among the hun­dreds of Grade 9 stu­dents around Nova Sco­tia par­tic­i­pat­ing in Take Our Kids to Work Day on Nov. 1, which gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn about dif­fer­ent ca­reers. He shad­owed Kentville Mayor San­dra Snow for the day.

“I thought run­ning a town would be very in­ter­est­ing,” he says, ex­plain­ing his in­ter­est see­ing how things are done.

The North­east Kings Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre stu­dent says this is def­i­nitely some­thing he imag­ines do­ing in the fu­ture and says the re­la­tion­ship a mayor gets to have with not only their col­leagues, but also with the town, is some­thing spe­cial.

As with all the kids ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the work place to­day, Oikle has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties that make up a mayor’s day.

He went to the pump­kin drop at Kings County Academy, the Pri­mary-Grade 8 school he had in at­tended the year be­fore. Be­ing shown around the town hall and vis­it­ing the pub­lic works de­part­ment and the parks and recre­ation de­part­ment are just some of the other things Oikle ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the day.

Snow said Oikle would be very well suited for the job.

“He’s very per­son­able, he knows peo­ple and he likes to talk to peo­ple,” she said.

She says con­nec­tions, along with con­nect­ing with peo­ple, are im­por­tant for this sort of job – two things she says Oikle al­ready does well.

Snow says not be­ing afraid to ask for help and study­ing up on dif­fer­ent top­ics are two things that come with be­ing mayor, and it’s a re­ally great job over­all.

“It’s prob­a­bly the best job they could ever have,” Snow says.

“You bring ev­ery­thing that you’ve ever learned in your life, to the job.”

Edi­tor’s note: This ar­ti­cle was writ­ten by Zoe An­der­son Gillis, a Kentville res­i­dent who at­tends Grade 9 at Ecole Rose des Vents in Green­wood. An­der­son was at­tend­ing Take Our Kids to Work Day at KingsCountyNews. ca. Im­paired op­er­a­tion charges

A Burling­ton man is banned from driv­ing for one year.

Peter Dwight Daniels, 63, was re­cently sen­tenced for one count of op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while his blood-al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion ex­ceeded the le­gal limit.

He ap­peared in Kentville pro­vin­cial court Oct. 30, and was or­dered to re­frain from op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle for one year, and pay a $1,200 fine.

Daniels was also handed a $ 100 fine for an ad­di­tional charge of fail­ing to com­ply with the con­di­tions of a re­cog­ni­zance.

Mean­while, a Mead­ow­vale man has nearly $2,000 in fines to pay as a re­sult of im­paired driv­ing.

Michael Bar­ret Jamer, 35, re­cently ap­peared in Kentville pro­vin­cial court on one charge of op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while his blood-al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion ex­ceeded the le­gal limit.

He was sen­tenced Nov. 1, and or­dered to pay a $1,500 fine and $450 vic­tim sur­charge.

Jamer must also ad­here to the con­di­tions of a one-year driv­ing pro­hi­bi­tion.

A Wel­tons Corner res­i­dent was handed some stiff penal­ties for driv­ing while im­paired by al­co­hol.

Barry Kim­berly Rawd­ing, 41, was sen­tenced in Kentville pro­vin­cial court Oct. 30.

Rawd­ing was in court on one count of driv­ing with a blood­al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion ex­ceed­ing the le­gal limit. The charge stemmed from an in­ci­dent in Green­wood on Dec. 24, 2016. Breath­a­lyzer read­ings came in at 210.

Rawd­ing pleaded guilty, and was sen­tenced to 30 days of cus­tody to be served on the week­ends, two years of re­port­ing pro­ba­tion, a two- year driv­ing pro­hi­bi­tion and vic­tim sur­charge of $100.

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ZOE AN­DER­SON GILLIS

Cameron Oikle, right, got to learn about be­ing the mayor of Kentville on Nov. 1 dur­ing Take Our Kids to Work Day. He shad­owed Mayor San­dra Snow for the day, which gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn about ca­reers.

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