Durham Regional Police bid farewell to 53 Youth in Policing students from across the region at a graduation ceremony at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Ajax. The ceremony was attended by Chief Mike Ewles, Deputy Chief Scott Burns, members of the Durham Regional Police, Kathy Holland from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and proud family and friends.
The students, who range in age from 14-18, spent the summer with DRP gaining valuable leadership skills and learning about policing. Over the summer they attended several police units, took part in the Harmony Movement, hosted a Jr. Leadership Camp, mentored children at Eastview Boys and Girls Club and participated in a Native Canadian experience with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island.
During the graduation, many of the students spoke about their time at DRP and how much they have grown from the experience. Chief Mike Ewles says he sees the leadership potential that has developed in all of the students and encourages them to continue giving back to their communities.
The evening included a performance by the First Nations Smoke Trail Singers, inspirational quotes from the students along with the presentation of their certificates. Members from the Community Advisory Committee presented YIP student Corrine Giorgetti with the first ever Diversity Champion Award.
The program, which is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, is now in its fifth year and is steadily growing. The objectives of the program include strengthening the relations between police and young people, giving young people the chance to see what policing is all about and providing them with the leadership skills to mentor others about their experiences. The students are encouraged to act as ambassadors and even consider a future career in policing.
Congratulations to the graduates!
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Corrine Giorgetti receives the Diversity Champion Award (JPG file, 350.2K bytes)
The Smoke Trail performers (JPG file, 351.2K bytes)
One group presents their inspirational quote (JPG file, 345.4K bytes)
Our graduates! (JPG file, 395.2K bytes)