Teams from Durham Regional Police, Ontario Shores and Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) are striking up conversations, not strike outs, at the 3rd Annual Baseball Tournament at Ontario Shores today.
“DRP officers work closely with members of Ontario Shores and DMHS and these games provide a fun atmosphere to enjoy some camaraderie and team work,” says DRPS Cst. Scott Logan with the Mental Health Support Unit. “It really helps build positive relations and break down barriers.”
The day began with a ceremonial pitch that featured Spencer Green, Durham College Lords baseball team, Karim Mamdani, President and CEO, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Rob Adams, Executive Director, Durham Mental Health Services, Dan Carter, broadcaster and host at Channel 12 and Chair of Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health, Paul Martin, Chief of Durham Regional Police Service and Aaron McQuillen, Durham College Lords baseball team.
Players hit the two ball diamonds, located on Ontario Shores property, and the rain has held off to allow all the players to enjoy some friendly competition.
In 2012, members of the DRPS Mental Health Support Unit organized a hockey game with Ontario Shores to create a positive experience for everyone involved. The event was a huge success that eventually led to organizing a summer baseball tournament. We are now in the third year for both events and the hope is that they will continue with all partners involved.
Thanks to everyone involved who made this day a great success.
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Having a little fun at during the ceremonial pitch (JPG file, 214.9K bytes)