Lighthouse Mission Restores Hope
Guests to ‘Restoring Hope’ workshop
Bethel United Apostolic Church, Edmonton
4 June 2004
recently participated in a church workshop on crystal meth and other drugs. On
June 4th, at Bethel United Apostolic Church significant strides were taken
towards nurturing strong families, building interdependent communities and
supporting productive individual members of society who are morally responsible
for their actions. A magnanimous event, hosted by the ‘Lighthouse Mission’
– a growing grassroots based moral voice geared en route for community
development, entitled ‘Restoring Hope’ focused on promoting positive images
for Canadian youth.
first speaker was a mother, whose son is so addicted to crystal meth that she
says the drug “has taken over my life”.
the forefront of this endearing initiative is the dedicated, sincere and genuine
Constable Rick Cole and his brain-child ‘Cole’s Kids.’ An ingenious
program that assists young people involved in drugs, bullying, assaults, theft
and other forms of disruptive behavior towards others and themselves.
Furthermore, Constable Cole of the Edmonton police service is the recipient of
the 2003 Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award which is
testament to his unrelenting devotion to this noble cause.
Cole spoke of his experiences with 400 youth victims aged 8 – 21, and 150
volunteers, who mentor them by telephone. He told the audience that there are
Edmonton dealers in crystal meth and other drugs, who are making up to $1
million a month in profits. There is currently no treatment centre for crystal
meth additions in Alberta and no known treatment anywhere for this form of
addiction. Most young offenders in the Edmonton area have drug problems. One
proven successful method in preventing youth drug problems, said Cole is for
parents to spend some time daily in one-on-one conversations with their
Kilgour's resolute commitment, unstinting dedication and industrious support to
‘Cole’s Kids’ youth inventiveness was received as a breath of fresh air.
Similarly, his assistance, both ethically and financially, towards the victory
of Cole’s stratagem is reassuring to all those interested in protecting our
society from the scourge of illegal intoxicants.
considered, this experience raised awareness of the dangers of drugs, the steps
for rehabilitation and recruited diehard volunteers to support this struggle.
Clearly, the thoroughness of the event promises to fulfill its mandate - its
raison d'être, namely ‘Restoring Hope.’
Kids website: www.coleskids.org