John-Paul Doucette, owner of Tim Hortons, poses with Amber House, Therese Johnson and Tori Elsbett, mentors in the Ment to Matter in-school mentoring program. Doucette received the award for Community Philanthropy for providing support for youth focused initiatives in Sylvan Lake. Photo by Myra Nicks/Sylvan Lake News

Third annual event honours youth friendly business

Three Sylvan Lake businesses were recognized Dec. 11 for role in supporting youth

Three Sylvan Lake businesses were honoured at the third annual Youth Friendly Business Awards Dec. 11, for their support of youth in the community.

The businesses were chosen by 267 kids in the community who nominated a total of 36 businesses they believe are most friendly to youth. FCSS Youth Services Supervisor, Krista Carlson referred to these businesses as “Asset Champions” – those who help to cultivate the 40 developmental assets the Search Institute has identified as the necessary components for healthy development in young people. The assets are split into external assets which include support and empowerment and internal assets which include positive identity and social competencies.

The nominees were chosen based on a variety of factors including being welcoming, helping youth to build relationships, treating youth like regular customers and providing extra benefits like free wi-fi.

The business recognized for being the most youth friendly was Timber Coffee. The award was given to owners Dan and Megan Jensen. Pam Mitchell, owner of Dairy Queen, received the award for Most Youth Friendly Employer. For his involvement in many community events focused on youth, John-Paul Doucette, owner of Tim Hortons received the Community Philanthropy award.

Amber House, Therese Johnson and Tori Elsbett, mentors in the Ment to Matter in-school mentoring program, presented the awards.

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