5 generations of D.A.R.E. graduates have learned valuable lessons in reacting to potentially dangerous situations, thanks to the expertise of Cpl. Jodi Shelkie with the Fort St. John RCMP.
But today was the last day she would award certificates of D.A.R.E. completion to students at Duncan Cran Elementary — as this time next week, she will be in Kamloops with their local detachment.
Cpl. Shelkie was born and raised in Fort St. John, and worked in Kamloops for several years before coming back to Fort St. John six and half years ago.
Now, on her last day with this detachment as a media liason, she told reporters leaving ‘feels strange,’ but sent her thanks out to the people here who supported her and the other officers at the detachment.
“Always with a transfer, you’re excited about what’s coming up, but Fort St. John is a great town,” she said. “There are so many good and caring people in Fort St. John, who are making a difference and who are making this a great place.”
Though some people have moved away, she said she will be reconnecting with people in Kamloops she knows; and should a media liason position open in Kamloops, she confirmed she would look into taking the position.
Students at Duncan Cran showed their appreciate to Cpl. Shelkie by showering her with gifts as the ceremonies finished.
At this time, there is no officer designated to take over and teach the D.A.R.E. program in Fort St. John.