Sunday, September 18, 2016

Vernon backs Minguy academy, resident Helen Sidney

by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star Vernon posted Sep 18, 2016 at 1:00 AM
The City of Vernon will continue to support a program that provides local youth with leadership, discipline and other skills. Council has agreed to provide $6,000 annually over three years for the Jean Minguy RCMP Youth Academy. “Many of those who survive the week have gone on to be leaders not only by joining a police force but other first responders jobs and also in other civilian jobs,” said Coun. Bob Spiers. “Having a graduation from this academy is a good asset on your resume.” The academy gives students a taste of what life at RCMP depot in Regina is like. “This initiative brings a lot of positive exposure to policing and other emergency services,” said Const. Daniel Cocks, the RCMP’s school liaison officer. The academy is dedicated to Const. Jean Minguy, a local officer who died while on duty in 2005.

Resident honoured
Helen Sidney is being recognized for her community spirit. The local senior spends countless hours collecting trash along Bella Vista Road. As a result, Coun. Juliette Cunningham has received council support to send a letter of thanks to Sidney for her efforts. “I believe Ms. Sidney is a great example of a citizen who takes pride in making her community a better place,” said Cunningham. “We often have people complain about how terrible things are in Vernon rather than look for ways to make it better. Her positive attitude is an inspiration to many.”

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