SADD launches chapter at Kimberley’s Selkirk Secondary

First Students Against Drunk Driving chapter in B.C.

Katey Sigurdson is planning her own Students Against Drunk Driving chapter at Selkirk in Kimberley.

Watching her Mom launch the MADD Kimberley/Cranbrook branch got Katey Sigurdson thinking. Why can’t my high school have one too?

And so the Grade 10 student got to work starting a Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) branch at Selkirk Secondary School – the first of its kind in B.C.

“I’ve been around MADD for quite some time,” she said, referring to her Mom Katryna Sigurdson’s work starting up the local branch.

Through that influence, Katey began to look into the potential SADD branch. She found her principal Clint Dolgopol was receptive to the idea, and this week she started announcing it to her fellow students.

“I figured, I like being involved with my community,” Katey said.

With SADD just starting up, Katey said she hopes to raise awareness to a demographic that is often hard hit by drinking and driving incidents.

“I want to bring it into our school,” she said.

The group is starting off small, but Katey said she’s had interest from her peers and outside the high school. Already Mount Baker Secondary School has contacted her to get a chapter set up there. Katey has friends over at the Cranbrook high school, which will be the perfect way to start branching out.

“The more people (involved) equals less accidents,” she said.

Eventually SADD will begin holding events at the high school. Katey’s plan is to get a few on the go this year. MADD Canada provides youth volunteers with a package that helps them get fundraising events started.

“With teacher support and student support I think I can get a couple this year,” Katey said.

Once the chapter gets underway at Selkirk, Katey has her sights set on an even bigger goal: she wants to see SADD groups all across the province.

“I want to eventually get it around the province,” she said.

For now, ribbons will be available at Selkirk Secondary School for students to tie on to their own vehicles, but if all goes well this initiative will be coming to more high schools around the province very soon.

Just Posted

Kimberley Community Band in concert

The recent concert by Kimberley Community Band featured a number of soloists.… Continue reading

Upcoming Chamber events in Kimberley

The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Chamber Week (Feb. 20-24) with… Continue reading

Council discusses renewing MOU with BC Timber Sales

Kimberley City Council has voted to table a discussion about a Memorandum… Continue reading

Kimberley Youth Action Network asks for City’s help in becoming legal entity

The Kimberley Youth Action Network (KYAN) is requesting that the City of… Continue reading

Friends of the Kimberley Public Library celebrate another successful year

2018 saw over 10,000 books sold to about 3000 customers.

Regional news recap

A quick recap of the top news stories this week in Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie and Kimberley.

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Flying squirrels found to glow pink in the dark, including two from B.C.

Squirrels from Hope and Abbotsford were included in the biologists’ database

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Liberals have had three veterans-affairs ministers — Kent Hehr, Seamus O’Regan and Wilson-Raybould

No Center of Gravity festival in Kelowna this summer: organizers

COG organizers said the hope is to return to the Okanagan in 2020

Most Read