Chief Mike Ewles received praise and gratitude, along with some keepsakes, from various community groups at the Police Services Board meeting on March 10.
The community members wanted to thank Chief Ewles, prior to his retirement in May, for all he has done to open the lines of communication and build relationships with members of our region from diverse backgrounds.
“It’s been an honour to partner with this organization and to have the opportunity to learn from each other about what our community needs,” said Chief Ewles. “It’s best to create relationships in good times so we have those partners to reach out to, if we ever need to, in times of crisis.”
Those in attendance were:
Member of Parliament, Honourable Cornelius Chisu – Pickering/Scarborough
Indo-Canadian Cultural Association of Durham
FILIPINO-CANADIAN HERITAGE and RESOURCE of DURHAM (FCHRD)
Albanian- Canadian Cultural Association
Durham Chinese Canadian Cultural Centre
Durham Tamil Association
Intercultural Dialogue Institute of Toronto
Pickering /Ajax Italian Social Club
Bangladeshi – Canadian Community Services
Some members also sit on the Chief’s Diversity Advisory Committee. It was formed in 2003 and was established in order to deal with issues that impact our diverse community. The appointed citizens to the committee sit as a consultative and advisory body to the Office of the Chief of Police.
The Diversity Advisory Committee is committed to the principles articulated in the DRPS Vision, Mission and Values statement and Federal and Provincial legislative responses such as: Ontario P.S.A., Ontario Human Rights Act and Human Rights Canada.
The Diversity Advisory Committee commits to the following:
• The Diversity Advisory Committee’s primary role is to provide relevant and timely advice to the Durham Regional Police Service on issues related to diversity
• The secondary role of the Diversity Advisory Committee is to act as a catalyst for change and perform the role of an informed resource on diversity
• The Diversity Advisory Committee recognizes that rapid social change in the external environment creates challenges that may affect the internal police organization and the ability to respond equitably and fairly
• Provide visibility to the community of the work that is being done by the DRPS
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