Young people plan local events for World Youth Day

By Jon Zacks

A committee of young people is spearheading a series of events to spice up life in the Energetic City.

Leslie Oliver led a group of young people before City Council on Tuesday night, to request council’s support for a World Youth Day Fair.

Youth Making a Difference spokesperson Shane Fraser says a fair at the Lido Theatre on June 10th would promote multiculturalism in Fort St. John, at the same time as giving young people ‘something to do.’ Fraser told council about the plans, and also asked for a street closure adjacent to the Lido, so that a street hockey tournament can be held that day.

Youth Making a Difference is also planning a couple of events on Canada Day, including a skateboard and BMX competition. Fraser says he’d like the competition to somehow include a tribute to Eathan Geisbrecht, a well-known skateboarder who passed away in 2008 at the age of 15. “We all knew him, he was a really good friend of ours, and we don’t want him to go unnoticed.”

The committee is also planning a Much Music Video Dance on Canada Day, though the location of that event is still up in the air. While Youth Making a Difference was hoping to use the North Peace Arena, city staff warned that the Rec Centre will be tied up on July 1st, in case the Canada Day celebrations are forced indoors by inclement weather. The dance needs a big enough space to fit a large number of people, but also needs to be dark, so that the video screens can work. Director of Legislative and Administrative Services Janet Prestley proposed the young people look into using the Curling Club, and also suggested the City could help with the costs of renting that venue.

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