REPORTING · 16th November 2010
The first question after the break was asked by Linda Horianopoulos and Maryanne Hammerstrom. They stated they were youth who could not vote but with an interest in the community. They said the viability of a community lay in the youth and they want to see the youth come back to Kitimat. They asked the candidates how they perceived the value of youth in the community and prevent issues with rowdy teens.
Mary Murphy said there was a social responsibility to the youth. She said she would encourage growth in the community by sending the message that Kitimat is open for business without closing their minds. She wanted to be constructive and provide an atmosphere so youth can go to Council Meetings and see how things are done.
Corinne Scott said she has worked with a lot of youth groups and establish youth centres. She said the recreation facilities were available for the youth to become involved with. She said they would also try to encourage business to come to the community so the youth do not have to go elsewhere.
Linda Campbell stated there were programs in place for youth to be nurtured and come back to service the community. There is a high school student on the Advisory Recreation Commission. There were youth who came back to work at Alcan and Eurocan and it was important to look after the small business and industry so youth could come back.
Michelle deLisser thanked the girls for posing the question and stated this was why she was running. She said she was interested in student services, keeping the youth centre up and running, after school programs and forging out of school programs and youth group programs.
Edwin Empinado said the youth were a great asset of the community. He said to ask the youth what Council could do for them. He suggested giving the youth something to do after school which did not involve alcohol or drugs.
Debbie Rauhanen said she was a foster parent. Most of the kids were teens and they always wanted to know where they could go. She suggested the Youth Centre. She said this was the only service for the kids and they needed more drug and alcohol free places where kids can go.