March 26, 2007

Party in the right spirit


 Students learn safer prom and graduation celebration tips


NEWMARKET York Region Health Services hosts the 8th annual Party in the Right Spirit interactive workshop.  The goal of the event is to inform, educate and help high school students and their staff advisors plan a safer prom or graduation night.  There are 22 schools participating in this year's event.


WHEN:                                      Wednesday, March 28, 2007


WHERE:                                    Bayview Hill Community Centre

114 Spadina Road, Richmond Hill


PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:           9:50 a.m. 10:40 a.m.

                                                Joe Rock, key note speaker from


10:40 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Feature display "How will you be picked up from the party?" 

A vehicle display including a limousine, ambulance, police cruiser, RIDE van, crash car, taxi and hearse will encourage students to plan ahead their ride home from the party.


12:00 noon 12:30 p.m.

Breakout sessions

Students will engage in small group discussions surrounding impairment, sexuality, sexual assault and liability issues. 


WHO:                                       York Region Health Services - Emergency Medical Services (EMS), solicitor, sexual health and substance abuse prevention staff

                                                York Regional Police

                                                Ontario Public Health Association


                                                Women's Support Network of York Region

                                                Students and staff from 22 participating York

                                                   Region schools


Most proms are school sponsored, supervised events where the serving and possession of alcohol and other substances is strictly prohibited.  It is recognized, however, there are also many pre/post-prom parties organized by individuals or groups of students, where alcohol and other substances may be available.  The Party in the Right Spirit workshop provides high school prom/graduation planning committees with techniques to spread the message and raise awareness at their own schools about making informed decisions.


For more information on this or other health-related topics, please contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 (toll free) or visit


- 30

For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit


Media Contact:         Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services

                                 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell (905) 716-2717


Back to top