Gananoque bottle drive deemed a success

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The Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI) Bottle Drive in Gananoque was a success.

“We had overwhelming support from the community, businesses and also some residents from outside of town contributed as well,” Gananoque Police Service Chief Scott Gee said.

Every year the YIPI is run, the youth are tasked with a community fundraising initiative. This year, they selected to go back to the bottle drive, which they had done in years past, with proceeds going to the Ontario Special Olympics and local athletes.

The drive took place on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

“We had a number of our staff that volunteered,” Gee said. “Our civilian and sworn staff volunteered for the event to lend a hand, and we had a total of 40 of these students.”

The YIPI Program has been in existence since 2008. The program runs for a period of eight weeks each summer. Each summer, the Gananoque Police Service hires students who work as Town Ambassadors assisting with local events, participating in fundraising initiatives as well as getting exposure to a career in policing.

“They’re busy every day doing things in the community,” Gee said. “The approach is to integrate the youth into the community and try to have them build some skill and contribute back to the area as a whole. These are years we see our youth slowly grow into adults and the contributions that they’re making are really (important) and hopefully they take those life lessons on into their next chapter that they move onto, whether it’s university or college in the coming years, or their senior years of high school. It’s also a leadership exercise for the youth involved.”

Police Exemplary Service Medal

Last month, Gananoque Constable Peter Lorenz was presented his 20-year Police Exemplary Service Medal.

The medal was created in 1983. It recognizes police officers who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.

Recipients must have completed 20 years of full-time service with one or more recognized Canadian police services.

Lorenz was presented his 20-year Police Exemplary Service Medal by Police Chief Scott Gee.

Free youth transportation

Every Wednesday and Friday until the end of the month, there is free busing to Joel Stone Beach being offered.

This is for the Gananoque Police Service and YMCA’s Berm Out program.

Pick-up locations are Petra’s Place, on the corner of Lyndhurst Road and Lansdowne Road, with a 10 a.m. departure and 6:20 p.m. return, and at the Lansdowne Community Building with a 10:20 a.m. departure and 6 p.m. return.

(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times