Congratulations to Capilano University film students Jordan Choo and Jacqui Benson, who have been awarded British Columbia Solicitor General Crime Prevention and Community
Safety Awards in the Youth Leadership category. This award honours positive role models for children or youth in their community and encourages their active participation in crime prevention and community safety projects.
The pair, recent graduates of Rutland Senior Secondary School, and their teacher, Brent Applegath, were involved in a project with Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers to get the message out about anonymous texting of crime information to Crime Stoppers.
In 2009 Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers approached Rutland Senior Secondary School with the idea of students helping students in crime prevention and potentially tying it into the new technology of anonymous texting directly to Crime Stoppers. Rutland Senior Secondary graciously took on the challenge and added this project to their curriculum. Jordan and Jacqui were at the forefront of the work and creation and dedicated a year and a half to this project.
These students, along with many others, were involved in the creation of the storyboards for the three videos made on cyberbullying, drug awareness, and graffiti. Both Jacqui and Jordan are now attending Capilano University in North Vancouver, where they are studying filmmaking.
The award ceremony will take place on Friday, November 4 at the British Columbia Crime Prevention Association’s Annual Crime Prevention Symposium.