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October 15, 2010 15:59 ET

Government of Canada Works with B.C. Communities to Help Prevent Young People from Taking Illicit Drugs

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2010) - Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, announced today over $1M in Government of Canada funding support for three B.C. projects under the Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund of the National Anti-Drug Strategy. These projects aim to prevent British Columbia's youth from taking illicit drugs. MP Grewal made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. 

"The Government of Canada is proud to be working with provinces, territories, and communities across the country to help prevent illicit drug use among youth," said Minister Aglukkaq. "These projects will provide communities in B.C. with the tools they need to educate young people about the negative consequences of taking drugs."

The three separate projects entitled, Bridges, C.A.L.L. (Creating Action, Learning and Leadership) Out! and Life Works all share the common goal of providing youth with the resources as well as the life skills necessary to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices. Furthermore, they will raise awareness of drug prevention in these communities.

"Raising awareness about substance abuse will help better equip youth to make informed decisions about their futures," said Mrs. Grewal. "I look forward to seeing the benefits of these three B.C. projects in the months and years ahead."

Initiatives such as these are another step in implementing the Government of Canada's National Anti-Drug Strategy, which was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in October 2007.

"It's wonderful to have the visionary support of Health Canada for such an innovative initiative as the Bridges program," says Surrey Board of Education chair Laurae McNally. "The Surrey School District could not offer Bridges and students would not be learning and enjoying the benefits of that program without the contributions and participation of our partners."

"Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) - Vancouver's Youth Addiction and Prevention Services, and Prism Alcohol and Drug Services are thrilled to be working in partnership with community groups on the C.A.L.L. Out! project. This initiative will create opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Queer and Transgender youth to develop leadership abilities and skills and enhance awareness about making healthy choices," said Kyle Shaughnessy, CALL Out! Project Lead, VCH-Vancouver. "We're confident that CALL Out! will help participants develop a positive and healthy sense of self."

"We are excited to work with our partners on delivering an innovative life skills, resiliency-based program in our community that supports wellness and prevents harmful involvement with substances by providing opportunities for our youth to engage in meaningful dialogue, activities and learning in an arts based framework," said Adrianne Dartnall, Executive Director, Nanaimo Family Life Association, host organization for the Life Works project.

The federal Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund provides financial support for health promotion and prevention projects at the national, provincial and local levels. It addresses a wide range of illicit drug use issues, especially among vulnerable populations such as youth.

Backgrounder: Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Funding – B.C. Projects (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/_2010/2010_177bk-eng.php).

Please visit the National Anti-Drug Strategy website www.nationalantidrugstrategy.gc.ca for more information. 

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