Seventy-five young people gained valuable life lessons on the slopes of Tabor Mountain when they participated in Chill, a unique snowboarding program designed for at-risk youth, launched in Prince George in January 2006.
"The lessons of courage, confidence and self-esteem that the Chill participants learn can help forge a strong, positive future for these youth," said Shirley Bond, Minister of Education, Deputy Premier, Minister Responsible for Early Learning and Literacy, and MLA for Prince George-Mount Robson. "I'm happy to see such an innovative program here in Prince George."
Chill, sponsored by Bell and the Province of BC, provides an opportunity for participants to take part in a six-week snowboarding course. Each week, a new theme is introduced - patience, persistence, respect, courage, pride and responsibility - which makes a connection between the lesson and everyday life.
Following the success of the Chill program launched in Vancouver in February 2005, the program was expanded to Prince George as a way to reach at-risk youth in that region, as well as cultivate their self-esteem.
Bell ensured the continuation and expansion of the Chill program in British Columbia through a three-year funding commitment of $50,000 each year, with funding divided between the Vancouver and Prince George programs.
"At Bell, we are pleased to partner with 2010 Legacies Now to bring Chill to Prince George," said Justin Webb, Vice President of Olympic Services, Bell Canada. "The program fits perfectly with Bell's commitment to connect to communities by supporting initiatives that enrich the lives of youth across the country. Chill is a unique opportunity for at-risk youth to meet new people and experience new things, while simultaneously learning important life skills."