It was once again time for the annual Operation Good Deeds program sponsored by the New Hazelton RCMP and this year they once again took a group of students from Hazelton Secondary School.
On Feb. 18 five students from the school traveled to Vancouver on the RCMP plane to watch the Canucks battle the Toronto Maple Leafs in Rogers Arena.
Constable Greg Hugo of the New Hazelton RCMP and First Nations Support Worker Deb Jackson chaperoned the students who departed from Smithers airport Saturday morning in a RCMP private plane.
Cst. Hugo, Jackson and the five students were met at Vancouver Airport by Constable Jim Sidhu of the Richmond RCMP Detachment.
Once in Vancouver the students went shopping, toured the arena, and enjoyed a 6-2 victory by the Canucks over the Leafs.
Afterwards, the students and chaperones spent the night in luxurious rooms at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Everyone enjoyed the trip and returned to Smithers Airport on Sunday afternoon on the RCMP plane.
For the past few years the local RCMP community initiative “Operation Good Deeds” seeks to identify and reward youth for their positive contributions in our community.
Generally, the New Hazelton RCMP members reward youth with something small such as stickers, tattoos and Slurpee coupons for their positive contributions.
This was the fourth time, the New Hazelton RCMP have been able to reward five student’s to a Vancouver Canucks game.
The New Hazelton RCMP partnered with Hazelton Secondary School to select five students for their positive contributions in our community based on academics, contributions within the school and community, volunteer work and other positive qualities.
These five students, Jonathan Fowler, Rena Fan, Michael Spooner, Christian Russell-Morrison and Tanya Bernard were identified for their positive contributions in their community.