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Local Initiatives

The PAO’s 46 member associations across Ontario regularly organize and participate in local events to continue building positive relationships between the community and its uniform and civilian police personnel. The following are examples of local initiatives that our members have been involved in over the past year.

Event Date: June 2020

Salvation Army gets boost from Sault Ste Marie Police Association

The Sault Ste Marie Police Association (SSMPA) is donating $3,000 to help support the local Salvation Army Food Bank. The donation comes from a Community Fund Progarm started in April with dollars donated by members matched by the Police Association of Ontario (PAO).

The PAO supports its members on the local level matching donations towards local charities such as homeless and women’s shelters, food banks and mental health programs. The local Salvation Army that services approximately 19,000 people per year in the municipality.

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Event Date: June 2020

A cut for a cause, sponsored by the Cornwall Police Association

Thom Racine recently shaved his head and his mustache. The campaign to shave his head raised $6,335 and the Cornwall Police Association challenged him to lose his mustache as well, and that campaign raised an additional $3,295. All money raised has gone to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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Event Date: June 2020

Food banks receive $50K donation from York Regional Police Association

The 2,400 civilian and uniformed members of York Regional Police Association (YRPA) are helping out the Food Bank of York Region in a big way. YRPA has made a $50,000 donation to help support York Region’s 17 local food pantries at a time when food is in short supply. The donation is expected to help deliver over 300,000 meals to the Food Bank of York Region’s network of agencies and home delivery service.

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Event Date: June 2020

Brockville Police Association supports local soccer club

Volunteers with the Brockville Soccer Club delivered more than 200 soccer balls to local kids. The giveaway was put together when the club’s board of directors decided last month to cancel the 2020 house league and competitive season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Club president Shannon Geraghty indicated that the ball giveaway could not have proceeded without the support of the Brockville Police Association, Northern Cables, Canarm, Ronmar Sealing and Leading Edge Doors.

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Event Date: May 2020

Timmins Police Association helps developmentally disabled stay safe from COVID-19

Police officers are known for their support of Special Olympics and the torch run. So, it’s natural that the Timmins Police Association would buy personal protective equipment for the Cochrane Temiskaming Resource Centre. TPA vice-president Troy Larose says the PPE will be used by staff at the centre’s two group homes for the developmentally disabled.

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Event Date: May 2020

York Regional Police Association sends coronavirus thank you meals to hospital workers

Traditionally, annual Police Week activities honour the work of officers. But this year, the York Region Police Association is using the week from May 10 to 16 to recognize the life and death challenges front-line hospital workers are facing during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Event Date: May 2020

London Police Association partners with 980 CFPL to provide the “Local Delivery Display Map!”

The Local Delivery Display Map, an initiative through 980 CFPL and made possible by the London Police Association, allows the London community to find locally owned and awesome businesses that are currently offering delivery in their area.

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Event Date: April 2020

Sudbury Police Association provides $5K to Mission

The Sudbury Police Association has contributed $5,000 to help feed the city’s less fortunate. “These funds are sponsoring the Weekend Meals at the Mission. The donation will provide over 1,200 meals, again reinforcing the association’s commitment to helping others and making the City of Sudbury ‘Greater.’” The meals are prepared with the generosity of the Tim Hortons on Cedar Street, operated by the McKenzie family, which has donated $800 of soup, along with Sudbury Great Lakes Pizza, which provides a 40 per cent discount and 10 free pizzas. 

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Event Date: April 2020

Guelph Police Association members raise $26,100 for Hospice Wellington

The Guelph Police Association had a big gift for a local hospice at the end of March. Last year, through the Norma Owen Memorial Golf Tournament, Guelph police were able to raise $26,100 dollars for Wellington Hospice. The tournament has been running since 1983, “and it continues to thrive with the ongoing participation and support of our corporate sponsors, local businesses, members, retirees, and community members.”

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Event Date: April 2020

Niagara Region Police Association donates to food banks during pandemic

The Niagara Region Police Association (NRPA) is helping local food banks with a total donation of $21,500. NRPA represents over 1,000 sworn and civilian members of the Niagara Region Police Service. NRPA President Cliff Priest spoke with Newstalk 610 and said the donation will help keep those at risk from going hungry during the pandemic, and the CEO of Community Care confirmed that the donation will allow them to strategically deal with the situation today and in the future.

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Event Date: April 2020

North Bay Police Association and local emergency services help celebrate local kids’ birthdays during pandemic

This thoughtful initiative created by Aaron Northrup, North Bay Police Association President, has local children under the age of 10 receiving a special gift from the North Bay Police and Fire departments to help them celebrate their birthday during these physical distancing times. 

Link: Read the full story on BayToday.ca

Event Date: April 2020

Woodstock Police Association supports local food bank during COVID-19 pandemic

During these challenging times, the Police Association of Ontario has teamed up with our 47 member associations across Ontario to help support important community initiatives that may need assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Woodstock Police Association identified their local food bank as an organization in need of extra support at this time, as it’s experiencing higher usage with more people out of work due to the provincial emergency orders. We are all in this together. 

Link: Read Woodstock’s press release about their recent donation to the local food bank

Event Date: February 2020

Timmins Police Association getting out into the community

The Timmins Police Association is looking to be more visible in the city. The group has about 100 members, made up of uniformed and civilian employees of the police service. Vice-president Troy Larose says this push is multi-pronged. “Trying to get our members more involved in stuff, even when it comes to the Torch Run, we have an annual golf tournament, different stuff that involves our members as well as interacting with the community.”

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