To most teens, the party equals having a good time, but to Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord (HSN), P.A.R.T.Y. means having a safe, good time.
The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) Program at HSN is designed to inform high school students of the serious consequences of risky behaviour, particularly alcohol abuse. Teens have the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from front-line health care workers, emergency responders, police, trauma survivors and family of victims about the immediate and long-term consequences of risky behaviour. As a result, teens are better equipped to identify risks and consequences and to make informed decisions.
Today, a donation was made to the P.A.R.T.Y. Program, made possible through a partnership between Health Sciences North Foundation and IMPACT 6/21 Foundation. The Sudbury Credit Union contributed $3,000, while the Greater Sudbury Police Service provided $2,000 in funding. This is the third year in a row that the Sudbury Credit Union and Greater Sudbury Police Service have contributed a total of $5,000 to the P.A.R.T.Y. Program.
“As a local, community-based financial institution, Sudbury Credit Union is pleased to provide funding to the P.A.R.T.Y. Program being delivered by Health Sciences North staff in partnership with IMPACT 6/21 Foundation and the Greater Sudbury Police Service,” says Michael Moore, Chief Operations Officer, Sudbury Credit Union. “Through the P.A.R.T.Y. Program, our community is fortunate to be able to provide the opportunity to our teenagers to spend a day in the emergency department so that they can see first-hand the heart-breaking and life-altering consequences of making bad choices such as driving impaired.”
“The Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) is a proud P.A.R.T.Y. partner agency committed to working together to make young people more aware of the perils of drinking and driving,” Chief Paul Pedersen confirmed. “The Program demonstrates how we can prevent the very serious consequences of risky behaviour and to promote community well-being and safety for our residents.”
Health Sciences North Foundation recognized the positive impact the P.A.R.T.Y. Program has on our community and in 2013 partnered with IMPACT 6/21 to ensure the sustainability of this worthwhile initiative.
“Health Sciences North Foundation is proud to work alongside our community partners in the funding of the HSN P.A.R.T.Y. Program. This one day, in-hospital, injury awareness and prevention program provides youth with positive alternatives and strategies to encourage smart choices,” says Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director, Health Sciences North Foundation.
IMPACT 6/21 Foundation was created by three women whose children were killed by an impaired driver on June 21, 2009.
“The mothers of IMPACT 6/21 Foundation appreciate the financial contributions from both the Sudbury Credit Union and the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) Chief’s Youth Initiative Fund to support our efforts of ensuring that this reality based, student educational program continues well into the future,” adds Lisa Jelley, Jocelyne Philippe and Corrie Lamoureux, the founders of IMPACT 6/21 Foundation.
The P.A.R.T.Y. Program has been in place at HSN since 2004. In that time, thousands of high school students from Greater Sudbury, Espanola, and Manitoulin Island have taken part in the injury prevention program.
“Health Sciences North’s Trauma Services is extremely pleased and honoured to partner with Health Sciences North Foundation, IMPACT 6/21, Sudbury Credit Union and the Greater Sudbury Police Service Chief’s Youth Initiative Fund in providing a vital awareness program to our community’s youth population,” says Nicole Tamara Sykes, Regional Manager, Centre for Prehospital Care and Trauma Services, HSN. “Thanks to the continued and very generous financial support we receive from this incredible group of people, HSN Trauma Services can continue to promote injury prevention through vivid lifelike scenarios enabling our youth to recognize risk, make informed choices and identify the tragic and very real consequences associated with alcohol/drug use, risk laden behaviours and distracted driving.”
Photo left to right: Inspector Todd Zimmerman, Greater Sudbury Police Service, Corrie Lamoureux, Founder, Impact 6/21, Dr. Jason Prpic, Regional Medical Director, Centre for Prehospital Care and Trauma Services, HSN, Lisa Jelley, Founder, Impact 6/21, Jocelyne Philippe, Founder, Impact 6/21, Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director, Health Sciences North Foundation