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May 18, 2006
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Eclipse Program Builds Partnerships

Office of the Attorney General

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Attorney General Mildred Dover today congratulated the participants on their completion of the recent Eclipse Program at Summerside Intermediate School.

Eclipse is a school-based prevention program that combines group work and basic judo techniques with a nonviolent philosophy. The program, which was developed by Judo Canada, was brought to Summerside Intermediate School by Constable Trevor Martin, a member of the Summerside Police Services, in partnership with Youth Justice Services through the Office of the Attorney General. The objectives of the program are to help students cope with the challenges of their daily life by promoting self-awareness and alternative options for dealing with feelings of anger, enabling students to strengthen their communication skills, and empowering youth to make positive choices and enhance their problem solving skills.

Ten Summerside Intermediate School students aged 12 to 15 took part in the 10 week program, which consisted of one hour of social skill development and one hour of judo training per week. The program focussed on building partnerships within families, service providers, and the community at large. The participants were encouraged to be aware of their attitudes and beliefs and how these factors affect their behaviour. The judo component emphasized the importance of participation, respect, discipline, self-control, cooperation, and team work.

The Eclipse Program was facilitated by Constable Trevor Martin of Summerside Police Services and Darlene Baldwin, head Judo instructor, who volunteered their time and talents to work with the students during this program. Arlene MacInnis, a Community Youth Worker, and Dave Ellis, a Youth Intervention Outreach Worker, both with the Office of the Attorney General, also assisted in the facilitation of this program.

“I want to congratulate Constable Martin for his determination and for his efforts to bring this program to students in the Summerside area,” said Attorney General Dover. “This is a positive and valuable resource for students and for the community, and I commend him, and everyone involved, for their commitment to our youth.”

Organizers are hopeful that they will be able to offer the program again next year.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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