Students from Julie Payette Public School helped kick off the 23rd Annual DRPS Food and Toy Drive in Whitby this week. They were joined by DRPS Chief Mike Ewles, Deputy Chiefs Scott Burns and Sherry Whiteway, members of DRPS, School Board officials, members of the community and of course Santa.
Ken Shaw of CTV hosted the festivities and encouraged everyone to give generously this year to help those in need in our communities. DRPS Chief for a Day Owen Lawrie was also on hand to present Principal Monique de Villers and Vice Principal Jeff Rousell with Food and Toy Drive jackets to thank them for hosting. Owen also donated several toys and food items and asked that students and parents across Durham Region do the same.
Food and Toy Drive coordinator Cst. Paul Hawrychuk and DRPS volunteers were presented with the Community Partner Award by Oshawa Community Health Centre members Ana Pacheco-Rye and Lee Kierstead. They were honoured for the many hours they put in every year to make the Food and Toy Drive a huge success.
Everyone in attendance was entertained by members of the Heat band, Constables Scott Dargie and Bernie Fitzpatrick. A drumming group from Julie Payette led by Instructor Ron Cross also performed along with a group of Grade 1 students.
The Food and Toy Drive works with over 80 community agencies to deliver food and toys to thousands of families across Durham Region each year. Members of the community are encouraged to drop items off at local fire halls and police stations.
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Cst. Paul Hawrychuk receives the Community Partner Award (JPG file, 81.6K bytes)
Cst. Scott Dargie performs with the drummers (JPG file, 100.8K bytes)
Chief for a Day Owen Lawrie makes his donation (JPG file, 160.7K bytes)