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5/9/2015 - Police Day

Volunteering on annual Police Day of Halton Regional Police Service

 

BY HARNOOR GILL

Grade 11 student

Christ The King Catholic Secondary

Georgetown, Ontario

Being a part of the community, I am always concerned with the safety and well being of others around me. As I started volunteering, I noticed that there were organizations in communities dedicated to assisting the public in terms of general safety. A great example of an organization that helps to solve and deter crime through the means of reporting criminal activity anonymously is none other than Crime Stoppers. As an avid volunteer, I decided to become a part of the local volunteer not-for-profit at the Crime Stoppers of Halton. I received the opportunity to become a Crime Stoppers volunteer and I feel extremely privileged to volunteer for such a great cause.

As my first venture with Crime Stoppers of Halton, I have the opportunity to raise awareness on the cause of this not-for-profit at the annual event of Police Day. This event is held on the second Saturday of May each year at the Police Headquarters in Oakville. The purpose behind this event for the Halton Regional Police Service is to be able to build effective partnerships with members of the diverse and growing community of Halton Region. This is a perfect event for people of all ages and interests in order to enhance the understanding between the police and the general public. This daylong celebration of representing policing in the Halton Region offers all visitors the opportunity to learn about law enforcement on a first-hand basis with the use of interactive presentations.

This year’s Police Day was held on Saturday, May 9 and the centralized theme focused on “Community Mobilization”.  It was the 14th annual Police Day of the Halton Regional Police Service and it really brought the greater community closer together with the local police. I enjoyed the K9 unit demonstration along with the Tactical Rescue Unit that was shown twice. It was great to see the community at large enjoying the services provided by the police and I think this really left a positive effect about the police force on everyone.

During the day, I also had the chance to help man the Crime Stoppers of Halton booth and visited other displays within the auditorium as well. I had fun handing out “swag” to people who came by and it included pencils, colouring books, stickers and fridge magnets designed to raise awareness about Crime Stoppers. However, I was also able to take time off to visit other displays and witness various presentations on this day. I connected and networked with other branches of the Halton Regional Police Service such as the Identity Theft Unit and Community Mobilization and Engagement Unit.

Not only were the police highlighted, but also organizations promoting community safety. An example of this is when I visited the Victim Services Unit where I learned about the charity known as SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services). I was also intrigued by the awareness that the Canadian Centre for Child Protection was raising on the issue of keeping all teens safe from online sexual exploitation. Along with the fabulous displays, it was also a beautiful day outside allowing for live bands to perform on stage and people were able to enjoy a barbecue provided by Troy’s Diner on picnic tables.

Overall, I had a great time on promoting the cause of Crime Stoppers and it was a great opportunity to let people know about this local volunteer organization that helps keep our communities safe and sound.

http://www.voiceonline.com/volunteering-on-annual-police-day-of-halton-regional-police-service/
5/8/2015 - Police Appreciation

On Friday, May 8, 2015 Crime Stoppers of Halton delivered donuts, timbits and heart balloons to Halton Regional Police Service officers to thank them for all they do to help keep Halton Region a safe community and their support of Crime Stoppers.

We would also like to thank Tim Horton`s head office and their location on Third Line and the North Service Road West (587 Third Line) for donating the donuts and timbits.

 

5/6/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton Supports McHappy Day

In return for the support Crime Stoppers of Halton has received from our local McDonald`s, our volunteers decided to help out on McHappy Day 2015. On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, McDonald`s donated $1 from every Big Mac, Happy Meal and any hot McCafe beverage to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Our volunteers wore their Crime Stoppers of Halton t-shirts and supported McDonald`s located at 375 Iroquois Shore Road and at 210 North Service Road West (Dorval Crossing, East Plaza).

5/4/2015 - Spring Cleaning: shred your documents May 2 & 3

This past weekend, Crime Stoppers of Halton hosted two shred fundraisers with Filebank. Community members and local businesses were able to shred their personal and financial documents onsite by donation to Crime Stoppers of Halton. We were at Appleby Ice Centre on Saturday, May 2 and at Dorval Crossing on Sunday, May 3. We had a great turnout at both locations! Thank you to everyone that came out for your support!

A BIG thank you Filebank for donating your services, to Pop-A-Lock for showing your support, and McDonald`s at Dorval Crossing for giving out coupons to our donor`s on Sunday!

4/28/2015 - National Rail Safety Week

April 27th - May 1st is National Rail Safety Week.

CN has provided 10 safety tips that can save lives.

4/18/2015 - Volunteer of the Day

Meet our Volunteer of the Day: Mike Monings

 

Mike has volunteered with Crime Stoppers of Halton since October 2014. When asked why he wanted to volunteer with us, Mike responded “I wanted to contribute to a community I love so much and hope to raise a family in some day.”

 

Since October, Mike has volunteered at our Community Shred and Jail-A-Thon fundraisers. He also joined our 2015 Golf Tournament Committee, where he meets with our Board Members for a few hours every month to help plan and promote our Golf Tournament fundraiser in September.

 

We asked Mike why he continues to volunteer with us, and he replied “It’s gratifying knowing that I am helping make the community that my friends, family, and I live in safer. I also really enjoy working with everyone associated with Crime Stoppers of Halton. It’s given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people and be part of something I am passionate about.”

 

Thank you Mike for all of the time you have dedicated to Crime Stoppers of Halton, you really are keeping Halton Region a safer community! We are happy to have an amazing volunteer like you!

4/17/2015 - Volunteer of the Day

Meet our Volunteer of the Day: Dominique Bannock

Dominique has volunteered with Crime Stoppers of Halton since May 2014. When asked why she wanted to volunteer with us, replied “I thought it was a great opportunity to get more involved with and learn more about my community. I also thought it would be a great way to network and meet people that have similar interests as me on a professional and personal level.”

Dominique continues to volunteer with us because she finds it to be a very rewarding experience to give back to her community. Dominique added that she “Enjoys everyone I work alongside with and it`s always a positive experience. Crime Stoppers of Halton wants their volunteers to be as involved as they would like to be and always listens to new ideas and suggestions.” Dominique certainly is one of our volunteers with numerous ideas and suggestions. In addition to volunteering at a large number of our fundraising and awareness events, she has volunteered even more of her time to be on our PR committee, where she helps with the marketing strategy for events and helps monitor our social media. Dominique says that “Crime Stoppers of Halton has open[ed] my eyes to what happens within my community and how I can help to keep it safer. It has provided me with information on different resources available that I was not aware of.”

In addition to all the time Dominique gives to Crime Stoppers of Halton, she still finds time to volunteer with three other organizations in Oakville.  Dominique does everything she can to keep our community a safer and better place! Last night, Dominique attended the United Way of Oakville Gen Next Top 20 under 40 Awards as a nominee. We are so proud of her efforts and congratulate Dominique on the nomination!

4/16/2015 - $50,000 Commitment from Economical Insurance

Jennifer L. Olchowy, chair of Crime Stoppers of Halton, receives a $50,000 commitment from Doug Maybee on behalf of Economical Insurance to fund Crime Stoppers’ youth education program and activities to raise public awareness about how residents can help keep Halton safe from crime.

Read the full media release.

4/16/2015 - Volunteer of the Day

Meet our Volunteer of the Day: Kyle Thomas

Kyle has volunteered with Crime Stoppers of Halton since July 2013. Kyle wanted to volunteer with Crime Stoppers because he “Always had a lot of respect for what they stand for and what they do for the community. I thought I could give back and help to protect my community by [volunteering].” Kyle continues to volunteer with us because of his respect for the organization.

Over the years, Kyle has volunteered at a number of Community Shred fundraisers, Santa Claus Parades, and Jail-A-Thons. Kyle adds that “All of which raise money for a great cause; bringing justice to those who deserve it with the help of the citizens whom are most affected.” Kyle says that volunteering with Crime Stoppers of Halton has taught him the importance of giving back to the community, and that a program like Crime Stoppers is vital to insuring our community is safe.

Kyle also wished to add that “The volunteers and officers we work with are a dedicated enthusiastic group. They have done a lot to ensure this program remains successful.”

Thank you Kyle for your kind words. We would like to point out that YOU have done a lot to ensure the Crime Stoppers program remains successful.

4/15/2015 - Volunteer of the Day

Meet our Volunteer of the Day: Simon Proteau

Simon has volunteered with Crime Stoppers of Halton since May 2013. Why did Simon originally want to volunteer with Crime Stoppers? “To help Crime Stoppers and it looks good on a resume” he answered. However, brushing up his resume isn’t why he sticks around. Simon says “It’s Fun! I enjoy supporting Halton Police and the Halton Community.”

Simon has volunteered at numerous fundraising and awareness events including our Golf Tournaments, Community Shreds and Key-A-Thon. When asked how Crime Stoppers has affected him, Simon replied “It has made me aware that [Crime Stoppers] is a non-profit organization, running solely on donations and money raised.  I realized that it is a very important program to support and [to] make people aware of that.”

Thank you Simon for your dedication and hard work! Your volunteer efforts have increased the awareness of the Crime Stoppers program!


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