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  DRP Reaches Out to Youth in Two Separate Community Initiatives

Feb 21, 2014 09:22 ET

DRP Cst. Terry Rayner reached out to our various community partners to make two initiatives come to life.

The first initiative saw a new van donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Durham. The van is an integral part of the club, as children are shuttled back and forth for various initiatives around the region. After their 1995 van was vandalized for a second time, the cost to repair it exceeded its value and it was sent to the wreckers. Luckily for the Boys and Girls Club of Durham, our Region has many generous organizations willing to step up and donate to a worthy cause.

The Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night Committee, General Motors, Gus Brown Pontiac Buick, Veridian, The Royal Oak in Whitby, Get Wrapped, Unifor Local 222, Rotary Sunrise and IODE all stepped to see a new van purchased for the club. Every year, the van drives thousands of kilometres to ensure children get to and from the programs safely.

A second initiative was created through a partnership with the John Howard Society and ProAction Cops & Kids, again with the support of Cst. Rayner.

Cst. Rayner met a young gentleman named Laprince Thomas after his cellphone was stolen last Valentine’s Day. Thankfully, his phone was recovered and returned to him. Since that time, Cst. Rayner has developed a friendship with Laprince, and the other teens at John Howard’s Whitby house.

During the course of his visits, Cst. Rayner noticed Laprince had an interest in art, so a proposal was brought forward to the Cops & Kids program for supplies. The program received approval and Cst. Rayner engaged all six youth who lived at the home in two hours of painting. Laprince has gone on to create several pieces of art for the Consolidated Courthouse, and at the Cops & Kids fundraiser his artwork was sold for $300. This money will go back into the Cops & Kids programs throughout the Region. On Feb. 14, some of the art created by the teens was hung in the front lobby of Central West Division.

DRP would like to express our sincere gratitude to our community partners for stepping forward to assist our youth. We couldn’t do it without your support.

Below are attached files.
van thumb (JPG file, 37.2K bytes)
Our community partners join members of the Boys and Girls Club of Durham when they are presented with their new van (JPG file, 417.8K bytes)
Supt. Osborne, Cst. Rayner and Chief Ewles join Brett, Chris and Laprince at Central West Division (JPG file, 405.1K bytes)
The art created by the teens. The white piece is titled - Roads Travelled - to honour police activity through the recent snowstorm (JPG file, 400.0K bytes)