Daily Archives: December 9, 2011


STA students learn about the grim reality of drug addiction

North Vancouver RCMP Const. Christy Mohr escorted senior students from Saint Thomas Aquinas high school on a tour of the Downtown Eastside last month.   By Maria Spitale-Leisk – North Shore Outlook Published: December 07, 2011 1:00 PM Updated: December 07, 2011 4:54 PM When parents and educators preach to teens about the perils of drug abuse it often fosters curiosity. Armed with this information, seven Vancouver Police Department​ officers developed a program 14 years ago that exposes teens to the raw side of drug addiction by immersing them on the streets of the Downtown Eastside for an afternoon. The intent is that students will then report their experience to classmates and peers. VPD Const. David Steverding is a member of the volunteer-run Odd Squad Productions Society that runs the program. His niece attends Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in North Vancouver. This fall, Steverding approached the school’s administration to gauge their interest in participating in a pilot project for North Shore schools. They bit. STA law teacher Greg McCaffery helped handpick a dozen Grade 11 and 12 students for the program. On a Saturday morning in early November the students ditched a hallmark of their Catholic school education. There […]