Youth want to make a difference

Winning scholarships is one thing, but helping others gives more satisfaction

BSS grads Kyle Wamer

BSS grads Kyle Wamer

Ballenas Secondary School (BSS) graduate Kyle Wamer is modest when asked about the many scholarships he recently received and will use towards his post secondary studies in math and physics.

Instead he wants to shed some light on a topic he and some  fellow students are passionate about.

In the fall of 2011, the students founded the Civics Action Group at BSS.

Their mandate is simple: to provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge of political, global, local and environmental issues and to help youth actively become involved in their community.

They have given environmental presentations to  elementary school classes and have enhanced the Ballenas recycling program.

Their most recent project is the revitalization of Nicholls Park in Parksville.

According to Wamer John Leonard Nicholls served the Oceanside area for many years with true community dedication and enthusiasm.

He was a longtime teacher and administrator as well as serving in many different local organizations.

Ten years after his retirement, the City of Parksville dedicated  the park located on Pym Street to Nicholls.

However according to Wamer the park as it stands today offers little to local residents and he said their youth group want to see the Park returned to a state befitting the memory of John Nicholls, and made into an enjoyable space for the community once more.

Wamer exclaimed they just want to make a difference.

“The name of youth in Parksville really isn’t that strong.  Our image isn’t that good and we want to not only revitalize the park… but revitalize the image of youth in Parksville,” confessed Wamer.

He said over the past month they have conducted a survey of  local residents, to discover the amount of support for the project, and to find out what local residents would like to see have happen with the park.

Having gathered the information, the group is beginning to start work on the next phase of the park revitalization.

Wamer said its success depends upon the support the Oceanside community gives it.

They have already met with the Parksville Lions Club, as well as the Rotary Club of Parksville AM and the Kiwanis Club of Parksville and Qualicum..

Recently, they met with Parksville Mayor Chris Burger and he strongly supported their vision.

The group is now scheduled to speak as a delegation in front of Parksville City Council on July 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Wamer admitted the Nicholls Parks project presents a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to engage with the local community, and work with youth, to improve Parksville.

 

 

Just Posted

Map of the site of a proposed 60-unit building project in French Creek. (RDN map)
Legal counsel wants board to award development permit for French Creek project

Issue is on agenda for RDN board meeting on June 22

The Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Society has outgrown its home at the Coombs-Hilliers Fire Department and will soon move to its new operations hall at the Qualicum Beach Airport. (PQB News file photo)
The Qualicum Beach Farmers Market is one of the organizations approved for a grant-in-aid by the Town of Qualicum Beach. (PQB News file photo)
COVID-19: Town of Qualicum Beach awards $80K in relief funds to community groups

Pandemic has put a financial strain on many organizations

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Whiskey Creek gas station destroyed by fire after camper van explosion

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read