Region 8 REO to focus on women, youth empowerment

first_imgNewly-appointed Region 8 REO Mitzy CampbellRegion Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) new Regional Executive Officer (REO) Mitzy Campbell is aiming to empower women and youths in her region.Campbell posited that though the region is well-known for its mining and forestry bases, there are many opportunities available in the region which can be tapped into, thereby, maximising skill and talent among the population.Campbell was speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI) during the latest government outreach that was held in the mining town of Mahdia.When asked about some of the target areas in the Region she is seeking to improve, Campbell said, “I’d like to see the education system improved. I’d like to see the health system improved and also I would like to see the social services improved, particularly in the area of gender equality”.Further, she noted that collaboration with the central Government in these specific areas will aid in fulfilling the vision she has. Campbell, who has been REO less than a month, has already been engaging residents.“A woman met me this morning and she said she is unemployed. So, can we empower them, they can maybe do catering or sewing since those trades are still in demand. … We can bring the trades back here because this is the interior and we can do really good work here,” the REO notedCampbell said it is important that the young people in the region are empowered so that they can contribute to the country’s development. She noted that it is vital that they be equipped with the necessary skills that will help them to make wise choices and be role models in their communities.“… I’d like to see young people grow and utilise opportunities. I’d like to see them grow and take advantage of different options in their life. I’d also like to see women empowered,” Campbell concluded.last_img read more

Body recovered after Chetwynd Avalanche

first_imgOn January 11, 2009 at 2:17 PM, the Chetwynd RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a group of snowmobilers were caught in an avalanche in a remote mountainous area southwest of Chetwynd. Chetwynd RCMP members attended the area where the snowmobiles were deployed.The avalanche occurred approximately 25 kms from the vehicles. Of the fourteen snowmobilers in the group, five were caught in the avalanche. All five were dug out, however one was deceased. The remaining snowmobilers were forced to leave the deceased because they feared for their safety. All other snowmobilers in the group have been accounted for.The avalanche was estimated to be two to three metres deep and 2/3 of a kilometre long. The width is not known. Up to five snowmobiles (machines NOT people) remained covered by the avalanche.- Advertisement -Due to the danger of further avalanches, no attempts to retrieve the deceased were made until the avalanche technician deemed the area safe.On January 12th at approximately 12:00 PM, an avalanche technician was able to fly over the site of the avalanche and access the area as safe. At approximately 4:00 PM, Search & Rescue accompanied by the avalanche technician, attended the scene of the avalanche via snowmobile and recovered the deceased. The deceased is a 45 year old male from Rycroft, Alberta. No name will be released at this time.The RCMP would like to remind the public that every precaution should be taken when operating snowmobiles. Please do not operate snowmobiles in area where avalanches are likely or may possibly occur.Advertisementlast_img read more