NPSS students march down 93rd Ave in support of anti-domestic violence campaign/ Sean Assor

On Wednesday, students of the North Peace Secondary School took part in a campaign to help raise awareness and prevent domestic violence.

The students gathered in the North Peace Secondary gym, where they listened to a variety of speakers discussing domestic violence and affects it can cause. Speaking at the assembly was Meagan Thorlakson, a student at the NPSS and Constable Jackelynn Biller of the Fort St. John RCMP.

Thorlakson addressed her fellow students about various aspects of domestic abuse, such as the psychological motives and the traumatic experiences it can cause. She also stressed that the objective of the campaign “Stand by Your Women”, is to ensure deterrence, safety and support for people involved domestic violence.

She also made reference to the campaign’s website, which can be found here.

Following Thorlakson’s presentation, Constable Jackelynn Biller stood before the students and discussed her history with domestic violence. The emotional Biller discussed her tragic and personal experiences with those in attendance, providing students with information on warning signs and reiterating the importance of prevention.

After the assembly, the students took part in a march down 93rd Ave. The students displayed their support for the cause by wearing black t-shirts, reading “My Strength” on the front and “Abuse is Not Love” on the back.  

Craig Bronlee, a teacher at NPSS and one of the organizers of the day’s events, discussed the importance of creating awareness about domestic violence. He says it’s important to educate the students because they are the generation that can make a difference and correct the mistakes of the past. He also says he’s received nothing but positive responses from the students on the issue.

Bronlee concluded by saying how thrilled he was regarding the financial support the school can provide for the women’s resource center. The school has raised a total of roughly $900.