DRP D/Cst. Brandon Stanway and Cst. Dawna Murray received awards for their hard work and dedication to the youth of Durham Region at a ceremony at Toronto Police Headquarters on May 16. They were joined by the inspiring youth and various police officers who run initiatives through the ProAction Cops & Kids Program.
D/Cst. Stanway was the recipient of The Chuck Mercier Award for his efforts in creating six innovative programs for youth. D/Cst. Stanway runs outdoor adventure programs such as a white-water rafting trip on the Ottawa River, a five- day canoe excursion at Algonquin Provincial Park and a three-day dog sled trip in Minden.
“These adventure programs are a great way for the youth to learn valuable life skills,” said D/Cst. Stanway. “They are designed to promote positive interaction between police and youth to create a level of trust and to leave them better equipped to deal with daily challenges.”
Presented with The Dave Wilson Award, Cst. Murray was honoured for her ongoing commitment and dedication to the West Lynde After-School Program. This helps kids with their self-confidence and teaches them to grow through positive interactions. Some activities include cooperative play and esteem-building challenges.
Founded in 1991, ProAction Cops & Kids began in Toronto to increase the level of trust and communication between kids and officers. Each program is completely run and organized by officers and includes one-on-one mentoring.
Since it has started, this program has become the largest private funder of Toronto Police programs for youth, and has now expanded to Durham Region and Hamilton.
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ProAction (JPG file, 27.8K bytes)
D/Cst. Stanway and Cst. Murray at the ProAction Cops & Kids award ceremony (JPG file, 109.8K bytes)
D/Cst. Brandon Stanway receives his award from former Deputy Chief Chuck Mercier (JPG file, 114.0K bytes)