Recently our daughter was invited to attend Camp Sara S.M.I.L.E.S. by Constable Sara Foote #3258. We would like to express our gratitude to Cst. Foote, the Durham Police and the other participants and sponsors of this programme. Our daughter returned home with a smile on her face and a renewed enthusiasm for her future. We believe that this opportunity was a cross-roads in her life.
While the role of police is usually to intervene when individuals are engaged in illegal activities, it is refreshing to find individuals like Cst. Foote who believe that a proactive approach, rather than a reactive approach to law enforcement is the best course of action.
Many of today’s youth are trying to find their way in the world and need guidance and opportunities that we parents are often unable to provide. Cst. Foote’s work at Bowmanville High School and her promotion of opportunities like Camp Sara S.M.I.L.E.S. allow youth to develop those skills of empowerment that help them become more positive members of our community.
I know that Cst. Foote sacrificed much of her own time to ensure this programme was a success. Her dedication to the youth of this community and her belief that all kids are good kids make her an outstanding role model for her colleagues. She is truly an unsung hero in this community and should be appropriately recognized for her tireless work and staunch faith in Clarington’s youth.
Thank you for sending along your comments and I'm glad you and your daughter found the camp beneficial. I have passed your compliments on to Cst. Sara Foote, Inspector Rolf Kluem from East Division and the Superintendent of Crime Management Brian Osborne, who oversees our ProAction Cops & Kids program.