We have another public hero in our midst; this time it’s our Youth in Policing Coordinator Hannah Elkington. She received the prestigious award from the Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) GTA at Toronto Police Headquarters on Jan. 20. The awards are presented to outstanding students who excel in police, fire and paramedic studies.
Hannah was nominated by her supervisors due to her exemplary efforts with our Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI). She joined DRP in June 2010 as a youth in policing summer student and continued her summer student employment the following year as a Team Leader. In 2012, she assumed the role of Youth in Policing Coordinator, bringing her passion, dedication and drive to the program. Hannah’s dedication and passion for positive youth and community engagement has reached a multitude of students, families and community members in the Durham Region.
Not only does the 21-year-old Police Foundations student dedicate her time to DRP but she also became a Student Ambassador for Impossible2possible: an interactive educational program that encourages youth to reach beyond their limits by using adventure to educate, inspire and empower. Hannah completed an eight-day running expedition that covered more than 400 kilometres through the Kalahari region of Botswana, Africa. Due to her outstanding leadership and commitment to the program, she participated as a support member in the 2013 Peru expedition.
Congratulations to Hannah on her award!
IDI is a non-profit organization who promotes respect and understanding among all cultures and faiths though partnerships with various community partners. To nominate someone for the 2014 Public Heroes Award, please visit their website at www.PublicHeroes.org.
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Chief Ewles presented Hannah with her award (JPG file, 326.4K bytes)