West Kelowna middle school students’ change drives change

Students at Constable Neil Bruce Middle School have shown that advocacy doesn't have an age.

Canadian Cancer Society regional director Sally Ginter presents Constable Neil Bruce Middle School students Mackenzie Martin (middle) and Makena Moore with a plaque. The students were part of a small group that helped raise $500 for the society through a coin drive.

Students at Constable Neil Bruce Middle School have shown that advocacy doesn’t have an age.

The school hosted a Daffodil Day event on Friday to acknowledge those who have been affected by cancer and raise awareness of the Canadian Cancer Society.

During the event, students Mackenzie Martin and Makena Moore presented Sally Ginter—regional director of the Canadian Cancer Society—with a cheque for $500.

Constable Neil Bruce vice principal Ryan Ward said that a small group of students were approached to see if they would be interested in doing a fundraiser prior to the Daffodil Day event.

“Luckily for us, some of our students were willing to do that. They’ve been part of an ongoing change drive here at the school to help raise some money to support this cause,” said Ward.

Ward said that the change drive was one way for students to get involved with an issue that will likely affect them at some point in their lives.

“I think it’s just been a matter of us trying to get our students to appreciate the things that are going on out there in the community, getting involved in the community and becoming active citizens.

“Cancer is something that everybody has been touched by in some way; I think a lot of our students can appreciate that and connect with that.”

Ginter attended Daffodil Day events in Peachland, Kelowna and West Kelowna on Friday. She said that she noticed a common theme in all three communities.

“My favourite part of the day has been, in each of the three communities, seeing the support from young people,” said Ginter.

“Truly that is where the hope for tomorrow lies. I’m just so delighted that they have taken us as their charity of choice.”

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater was also present for Friday’s event at Constable Neil Bruce Middle School.

“There are so many things that I’m asked to participate in, but there are two or three things that are right up there for me,” said Findlater.

“Daffodil (Day) is one that I always try to attend.”

Ginter said the awareness of the campaign has consistently grown, likely due to the fact that cancer impacts many.

“Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Cancer does not care if you are a young mother, a student or a grandfather. Because of that, almost everybody is touched by cancer,” said Ginter.