Former Chief of Police Jon Jenkins was honoured with a library dedicated in his name at the official opening of the new Norman G. Powers Public School in Oshawa on June 26.
D/Chief Mike Ewles, along with the Jenkins family and the 1st female DRPS officer ret. Sgt. Anne Crawford, were on hand to speak on behalf of the late Chief. “I had a connection to both men,” said D/Chief Ewles, “Jon Jenkins was there to shake my hand my first day with DRPS and he made a point to know everyone’s name. As for Mr. Powers, he was my science teacher. Both men were outstanding leaders in the community, and I look forward to seeing great leaders emerge from this school.”
Jon Jenkins also introduced the VIP program to schools in Durham Region. VIP stands for Values, Influences and Peers, and is geared toward Grade 5 students. The focus of the program is to help children learn how to cope with bullying, to lead by example and to give back to the community. Today the program is taught to the students through DRP’s school liaison officers.
Numerous members from the Durham District School Board, as well as local government representatives, took part in the grand opening. The Norman G. Powers school band and choir made their public debuts at the ceremony, as well as a musical performance by six students.
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