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Amazing turnout for

Jesse James Youth

Memorial Rodeo

by Deanna Mitchener sponsors. We strive to around and see the
improve each year and community from far and
The 9th Annual Jesse that is made possible near pull together to
James Youth Memorial because of the many make this day special for
Rodeo turned out to be a sponsors, competitors, every child involved,"
very successful event on and volunteers," said said Joanna.
April 18. “From 50 Joanna. Many who attended the
competitors last year to "This year Jesse would event commented on the
83 this year we had to be 20 years old, and amazing turnout and that
even turn some people April 18 is my mom's the kids had such a great
down,” said Joanna birthday. My mom day.
James, Jesse's mother passed away at the age of The annual rodeo not
and rodeo organizer. 69, six short months after only recognizes Jesse's
The rodeo hosted by losing our son,” said passion for the sport of
t h e Y e l l o w h e a d Joanna. Special prizes r o d e o , b u t a l s o
Agricultural Society and w e r e a w a r d e d t o i n t r o d u c e s a n d
the Edson 4-H Multi competitors receiving encourages kids from
Club included events times or scores with 20 s u r r o u n d i n g
like wild pony races for (for Jesse's age) or 69 communities to partake Chelsea Arndt, on Poco, barrel racer winner of the day with a 12.8, at the 9th
13 and under, barrels, (Grandma Shirley's age). in the sport. "Through annual Jesse James Youth Memorial Rodeo on April 18.
thread the needle, "I wish a special thanks this rodeo I hope to fuel Photo Katelyn Kippers Photography
stationary roping, goat to my friends that have passion and love of the
tying, cow riding, and been so patient and have sport as did my son
much more. It took place supported and enhanced Jesse," said Joanna.
at the Edson Rodeo my ideas. Your help and “My favorite words out
grounds. ideas made this day of the event came from a
"A lot of work and love happen and will be young boy with a sweet
was put into today's treasured by me forever. heart and freckles like
event. I am amazed at all This event captures the my boy. He said, “I wish
the great help that many true spirit of community. I had gotten to know
have provided. We There is no greater honor Jesse,”” said Joanna.
sincerely thank all the for me than to look

Shea Paskel, bull riding, champ of the day at the 9th annual Jesse James
Youth Memorial Rodeo on April 18. Photo Katelyn Kippers Photography

Proposal to adopt violence

threat-risk assessment protocol

by Adrienne Tait provide the necessary s c h o o l s , a n d
training to adopt the communities. Byers
Tanya Byers, family protocol. attended the training and
school liaison with the Byers said that while said, “It was two of the
Grande Yellowhead some systems are in best days of training I
Public School Division, place the protocol would have ever had.”
presented the county “Allow us to dig a little The intention of the
c o u n c i l w i t h deeper and allow us to VTRA is to consider
information on the figure out what is intervention rather than
possible adoption of a causing the behavior,” discipline and to identify
c o m m u n i t y said Byers. and examine incidents of
violence/threat risk The hope is that youth violence or
assessment (VTRA) and representatives from threatening behaviour.
intervention protocol. each partner would send Examples of high risk
The GYPSD along someone to the training behaviours include, but
with several community and then each entity are not limited to, setting
partners including would lend their support fires, bomb threats,
Living Waters Catholic and sign the protocol. sexual intimidation,
School Division, Child Kevin Cameron, in weapons possession, and
and Family Services, the concert with the RCMP verbal or written threats.
RCMP, and the towns of behavioural sciences Once the training is
Hinton and Edson, unit, has developed a completed the protocol
(among others) are training program for signing will likely take
working together to crisis response teams, place in November.
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