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Krystle Shewchuk of Birch Hills
P.A.R.T.Y. PRESENTATION IN NAICAM
The Naicam Primary Health Care Provider Team is a team of local Kelsey Trail Health Region (K.T.H.R.) health care providers who have been joined this year by school and emergency response representatives. The team meets regularly to identify needs in this area, and work with other community representatives to identify health issues and to implement strategies toward the goal of promoting a healthier community.
The use of drugs (including alcohol) and other risk-taking behaviour continues to be of concern in Naicam and area. The P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) program has been provided to students in grades 9 and 10 in 2005, and 2008, 2010 and now again in 2012. This is an approach to exposing young people to the consequences of risk-taking behavior.
The students in grades 9 and 10 began the day on Wednesday, June 6th, watching and listening to fire fighters and E.M.T.’s deal with the aftermath of a simulated texting-related motor vehicle crash. The scenario involved a texting driver (played by Kelly Crozon) who collided with an on-coming vehicle, while trying to avoid a cyclist, injuring the driver (played by Karen Voldeng) which resulted in the car swerving into and killing the bicyclist (played by Ruth Warkentin).
The kids were then split into two groups. One group followed the live-injured victim (Karen Voldeng) to a makeshift ER where Dr. Michael Stoll and Nurse Practitioner Del Doucette along with Vera Flath, LPN, simulated what would happen to the victim during her ER visit.
Constable Kyle Wyonzek of the R.C.M.P. placed the texting driver under arrest following her check-up at the make-shift ER.
The other group followed the dead victim (Ruth Warkentin) to the Funeral Home where Harold Narfasson, Funeral Director, explained the embalming process and other necessary funeral preparations to the students.
Following the presentations the students gathered at the Town Hall for a pizza lunch. Occupational Therapist, Jessie Spencer, organized lunch scenarios for the kids in which they experienced what it would be like to eat with a disability. She also made a power point presentation about spinal and brain injuries.
Constable Kyle Wyonzek presented on motor vehicle collisions following this presentation.
The guest speaker for the afternoon was Krystle Shewchuk of Birch Hills. Krystle is a 22-year-old education student who was paralyzed from the waist down when the vehicle she was riding in was struck by a driver who was talking on a cell phone. She told her life-changing story of injury and recovery in which her courage and positive attitude were an inspiration to all.
Thank you to all who helped to make the P.A.R.T.Y. presentation a huge success! Donations for the day were received from the Naicam Co-op, Naicam Shop Easy, Naicam Thrift Store, Zenner’s Tire, Town of Naicam, Paul Breiter and the Kelsey Trail Health Region.