In September, D.A.R.E. BC Society took on the exciting initiative of our first Volunteer Student Practicum Program, with seasoned D.A.R.E. volunteer, Amanvir Sangha. Amanvir began volunteering with D.A.R.E. BC Society and attending Partnership and Communications Committee Meetings in June 2014. His presence was particularly special for many members, as Amanvir was a D.A.R.E. Graduate of the Prince George D.A.R.E. program and still had his student workbook from his course in Grade 6.
Amanvir learned that he would be needing to volunteer 80 hours with a local non-profit organization for his Sociological Aspects of Community Service Course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Immediately, Amanvir contacted D.A.R.E. BC Society Vice President, Mike Yau. "We knew Amanvir would be a great candidate to initiate our Student Practicum Program. He was coming full circle from being a D.A.R.E. Graduate to supporting D.A.R.E. BC Society to ensure students across the province could receive Drug Abuse Resistance Education, like he had in Grade 6" said Mike.
Amanvir has received training on office administration, data-entry and researching and applying for grants. Amanvir's supervisor and Partner Relations Manager, Chantal Broughton, cites that "With his support, D.A.R.E. BC Society has been able to empower children of British Columbia to make healthy choices and choose a drug-free life".
Amanvir is excited to continue his Criminology degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, "I feel confident that the skills I've learned with D.A.R.E. BC Society, will help me succeed in my path of becoming an RCMP Officer". Amanvir's Professor, Seema Ahluwalia, noted the positive experience Amanvir had with D.A.R.E. BC Society, "Amanvir has had a life-changing experience volunteering with D.A.R.E. BC Society. I look forward to continuing a partnership in which other students may experience the D.A.R.E. BC Society Student Practicum Program".
D.A.R.E. BC Society has sincerely appreciated Amanvir's commitment to D.A.R.E. BC Society. We hope that Amanvir can continue to be a part of the D.A.R.E. BC volunteers while he continues to pursue his university studies and dream of becoming an RCMP Officer.
If you, or a student you know, would be an excellent candidate for the Student Practicum Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved!