The Hedley Community Club Youth Group was started up by T.J. Bratt with the assistance of Cherie R. in November of 2012. The kids (ages 4 – 13) are Calaya, Nolan, Zion, Ayralia, Allison, Mackenzie, Solarah, Dredan and Polly. They enjoy coming every Tuesday for planned fun activities, games and music. Mrs. Bratt leads the group and instills leadership, courtesy, respect for others, and sense of community.
Mrs. Bratt invited Jodel, Hedley’s own talented musician, to come each week and teach the kids 6 songs and a variety of instruments. The kids had their debut on stage, with Jodel, at the Hedley Museum celebration of Stamp Mill Day, May 18, 2013. The performance was a great hit with the community. A Big Thank You to Jodel for her patience and musical expertise.
Mrs. Bratt and Cherie collaborated with Ms. Angelique Wood, RDOS Area G Director to come on April 16, 2013. Ms. Wood presented a slide presentation and discussed the RDOS and how Hedley is represented, share and spirit gardens and the different stages of how a pea matures from seed. Ms. Wood helped the kids fill dirt and pea seeds into individual homemade newspaper pots, which when planted are biodegradable. Everyone took a pot home and planted them in a spot where they could share the mature plant with others. Ms. Wood then organized the kids outside in front of the Hedley Community Club and helped everyone plant beans, peas and flowers from seed. The kids really enjoyed their day with Ms. Wood. The garden has since matured and is producing peas and beans which are being shared with the community. Mrs. Bratt, Ms. Wood and Cherie, have instilled a sense of community with the kids. The kids have monitored the growth of the garden and are very proud of themselves.
Mrs. Bratt, Cherie and the kids would like to thank and acknowledge Mr. Graham Gore (Minister) and Mrs. Peggy Terry (Treasurer) of the Hedley Unity Church for their generous support and donation to the youth group.
Summer has arrived and the Youth Group will resume in September. A big Thank You to TJ Bratt from Cherie and the kids for starting up the Hedley Youth Group and for her dedication.