MOSES Stewart

Society offers drivers training as employable skill

The Kermode Friendship Society is starting its own driving school which is aimed at helping people find work.

The Kermode Friendship Society is starting its own driving school which is aimed at helping people find work.

That’s going to happen by the society teaching people to drive a larger pickup truck instead of a smaller vehicle, says society executive director Cal Albright.

“Up here for work, people drive trucks so if we can teach people to handle a pickup, that might give them a competitive edge,” he said.

Not having a driver’s licence is a significant barrier to employment prospects, which can be tough even for people who do have a licence, noted Albright.“What we want to do is eliminate that barrier,” he said.

There will be 12 in the first group taking the course, and they will go through a classroom-based curriculum as well as actual driving to ready themselves for provincial licensing exams and road tests.

“We’ll be with them every step of the way,” said Albright of the program, which does require students to pay tuition.

“Some people have also have challenges with numeracy and literacy so we’ll be teaching essential skills for those who need it.”

The advantage for a student learning to drive with an accredited school is a shorter period of time to achieve full licence status, Albright added.

“And we’re also going to teach them how to change a tire,” he said.

Albright defines the school as a social enterprise in that it brings a business approach to something which can lead to improvements for people.

If all goes well, the Kermode driving school will be up and running by April 1 of next year.

Its curriculum, taught by a certified instructor, begins with the work needed to obtain a learner’s licence and then taking a student through the complete graduated licensing program.

The program received a large boost through the donation by the Allteck power line company of a Ford F-250 pickup.

Albright said he struck up a conversation with an Allteck official at an event and was quickly told the company would be able to help out.

The truck and school were blessed Nov. 4 at a ceremony held at the friendship society’s Kalum St. offices.

“This is a ceremony for a safe journey,” said Kermode Friendship Centre employee Louisa Gray while she and Moses Stewart, a member of the society’s elders group, prepared a smudge  pot containing various herbs including sweetgrass, sage and devil’s club.

Those in attendance, including Terrace mayor Carole Leclerc, first wafted the smoke over themselves before Gray and Stewart used a feather  to waft the smoke through the interior and exterior of the vehicle.

Just Posted

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in Prince Prince, Terrace, etc.

Terrace man arrested for making, distributing child pornography

Case one in a series of investigations in the area this year

Mobile complaint team coming to B.C.’s northwest

Ombudsperson’s office wants to hear from wronged residents

Bears hyper-focused on feeding

Public urged to remove attractants as bears get ready for hibernation

Spirit North funding annoucement now expected any day

Indigenous Services Canada annouces new timeline for funding annoucement

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

‘Hero’ kid fighting cancer helping with B.C. Children’s Hospital fundraiser

Penticton’s Wills Hodgkinson helping raise funds for B.C. Children’s Hospital

First Nations block roads to stop the moose hunt in B.C.’s Interior

Chief Joe Alphonse confirmed Thursday they’ve deactivated the Raven Lake Road and the Mackin Creek Road just before the Island Lake turnoff

Most Read