About a month ago I was fortunate to have been given an assignment to head over to Grant Park High School to take photos at a school assembly where RCMP Const. Tad Milmine was speaking to a few hundred students.
He was there to talk about bullying and how it affected his life.
In the original story, reporter Nick Martin, posits right off the top, "Was it a seminal moment in a student's young life?"
Const. Milmine's story was so intriguing, I wish every child in Winnipeg could have been in that room. It was such a great emotional speech, I could tell that it really did affect many of the students.
After his talk I patiently waited while a line of students thanked him, several of whom I could tell from a distance really wished to open up to him. I hope they did.
I asked him a couple questions.
Basically, boil your hour-long talk down to one sentence, what advice would you give to a large group?
"If there is something going on in your life, that you're having any type of challenge, dealing with on your own, It's imperative that you reach out and you share what's going on. You give an adult or someone trusted in your life a chance to help."
What do you think is the hardest part about initiating that communication?
"The first sit down of ‘I want to talk.' That's the hardest, because so often youth are thinking that they have to have an agenda, that they need to have an entire itinerary of where they are going. They don't understand a school councilor is trained to know what questions to ask, what to bring up.
"If you just simply say, ‘I want to talk to you,' That's the hardest part, but my goodness as soon as you get those words out you are going to feel like a million dollars. You will recognize that communicating in any way does help."