As a police officer, Cst. Janine Henderson has interacted with hundreds of people throughout her nine-year career.
Her positive influence on young people and her passion for helping others were recognized May 22, 2014 at a gala awards dinner at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto Hotel in Richmond Hill.
Cst. Henderson received a prestigious 2014 Amazing Aces Unsung Hero Award from the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation in recognition of her ongoing efforts with helping youth. She was singled out for her "natural ability to build positive relationships with young people," through her efforts in the DRPS Children's Games and for organizing the Chief's Invitational 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.
These programs strengthen the bonds between police officers and young citizens and lets them see that officers are human beings, just like them.
Co-ordinator of the Youth in Policing After School Program, Janine is responsible for recruiting and hiring over 300 youth every year. The program focuses on training and empowering youth to succeed and to be community leaders.
In addition to her work with young people, Janine founded and co-ordinates the DRP Senior's Christmas event in which frontline police officers visit seniors in retirement residences and bring them gifts during the lonely Christmas season. She also serves as Chair of the Mayor of Oshawa Church Drop In Centre and the Police Society for Problem-Based Learning.
The Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation is based in York Region and helps thousands of kids through a variety of positive re-inforcement programs. They support a positive-ticketing campaign in which police officers give "tickets" to kids who help others or who show random acts of kindness. The Foundation also operates an annual Leadership Conference that inspires at-risk kids and helps them with self-esteem issues.
For more information, please visit the website www.futureaces.org.
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On Stage Accepting the Unsung Hero Award (JPG file, 214.1K bytes)
Cst. Henderson with her Award (JPG file, 142.8K bytes)