Councillor McCann Meeting Report (January 20, 2015)

D.A.R.E. ProgramOn Friday, December 18th I and Councillor Bonnie Keith attended the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program or D.A.R.E. at William Beatty School.  The program was first developed in Los Angles in 1983 and came to Canada in 1993.  Provincial Constable Miles Loach with the West Parry Sound O.P.P. conducted the course and spoke of its attributes prior to the kids receiving their graduation certificates.

Provincial Constable Ron Campbell told me that it was most appropriate to administer such a program to the students of or near the grade six age level as they begin to face peer pressures and find themselves in situations where they must make such important decisions.

Thank you goes out to the West Parry Sound O.P.P., teachers staff and the partners of the program for their dedication and commitment to this program and to the students and their families of our area.  Bonnie and I were asked to say a few words of encouragement and in my message I emphasized the importance of being yourself and looking towards the future, knowing that the present time in which kids may be trying to fit in, giving in to peer pressure is very limited.  "You have your whole life ahead of you and making the right decisions now will benefit you greatly in your future."

Councillor Jim Marshall and myself, along with Mayor Jamie McGarvey attended the 2015 Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Inductees Press Conference on Wednesday, January 14th at 1:00pm.  The Selection Committee Chair Dave Garagan announced that this year's inductees are Les Tabobandung, Ernie Eves, Wilfred "Bucko" McDonald and the 1956-57 Junior 'C' Shamrock hockey team.

Finally on January 15th, I attended the Parry Sound Area Industrial Park Board meeting.