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  Youth Honoured at IDI Nomination Kick-off

Nov 28, 2016 14:14 ET

The Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) GTA, in partnership with The Regional Municipality of Durham and Durham Regional Police, held a special event Wednesday to announce the nomination process for the 2017 Public Heroes Awards GTA.

Public Heroes Awards GTA recipients are selected based on the following three criteria: Community Involvement, Altruism, and Dedication. Nominations are open to all members of emergency and correctional services as well as Canadian Armed Forces, including civilian staff. The event, also supported by the Toronto Police Service's Divisional Policing Support Unit, was attended by emergency service representatives from across the GTA to announce the search for nominations.

During the event several youth who demonstrated the qualities of becoming a future Public Hero were presented with recognition plaques.

DRPS Constable and former Public Hero Hannah Elkington emceed the event. She's a former Youth in Policing student with DRPS who went on to become a police officer. "Our youth give us hope for the future," Hannah said. "All of you are an inspiration to us working in emergency services - it reminds me why I'm so proud to wear this uniform."

The following young people were honoured:

Wahaj Arshad nominated by Durham Regional Police Services
Katie Telep nominated by Durham Paramedic Services
Daniel Akinremi nominated Ontario Provincial Police
Chris Loiacano nominated by Peel Paramedic Services
Gajanan Raveendran nominated by Toronto Police Service
Stefan Ntansah nominated by York Region Paramedics Service
Brian Chan nominated by York Regional Police
Mia Rodriques nominated by Peel Regional Police

The winners of the 'The Public Heroes Awards GTA' will be announced on April 20, 2017 at the Ajax Convention Centre. This year a portion of the proceeds from the gala will go toward supporting Vicitm Services of Durham Region.

For more information about Public Heroes Awards visit or Contact Dave Ralph at or (905) 392-0399.

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Wahaj Arshad receives award (JPG file, 278.0K bytes)
Cst. Elkington emcees the event (JPG file, 1,699.7K bytes)
Kate Telep is honoured by Durham Paramedic Services (JPG file, 2,009.2K bytes)
Recipients pose for a photo  (JPG file, 1,471.0K bytes)