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Celebrating and recognizing the youth for a "Job well done." - photo courtesy of  Lynne Wright
REPORTING · 19th August 2010
Merv Ritchie
During the lunch hour on Thursday, August 19, the Kitselas Band reserved a section for 24 at Mr. Mikes in Terrace. This was the student workers' appreciation luncheon, which wrapped up a summer long learning adventure for 7 students.

The students ranged in age from 15 to 18 and they participated in a variety of activities with the Kitselas Band. Working from three locations; Kulspai (on Queensway near Thornhill), Kitselas Canyon Cultural site (on the Skeena River) and from the offices in Gitaus. They gained work experience in being tour guides for the variety of international guests visiting the Canyon, in understanding and dealing with resource issues and general office duties and skills.

Chief Councillor Glenn Bennett thanked them for their time and hard work presenting each of the students with a $200 Visa Card for, as he called it "A job well done."

Most of the students can be seen in the picture above. Going up the left side of the table first is Randi May Bennett. In the yellow tee shirt is CJ (Cyril) Nabess with Alvin Seymour Jr. (AJ) wearing the blue ball cap, both sitting next to their mentor on the tourism functions at the Canyon, Webb Bennett. They both spoke about the enjoyable time they had with the international guests and the variety of languages they were exposed to. Looking around the shoulder of Kitselas Chief Councillor, Glen Bennett, is Amadeus Derek.

On the right side of the table next to the window; Cheyenne Bevan is sitting next to the Education Coordinator for the Kitselas, Debbie Moore. Next to her is Lynne Wright, the Youth Coordinator, who is sitting next to student and another young man who enjoyed the program, Brandon Seymour.

Missing from this picture is Lateasha Moore who along with Cheyenne participated in a summer reading program for youngsters from grades one to five. In the background can be seen Kitselas elders who came to share and recognize the youth in this celebration.