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6/30/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton at Oakville Ribfest

Attending Ribfest for the First Time

BY HARNOOR GILL

Grade 11 student

Christ The King Catholic Secondary

Georgetown, Ontario

As a newbie to the Ribfest festivities, I was excited to attend this province-wide event for the first time in my life. The purpose of Ribfest is to not only eat ribs from your favourite ribbers but also to serve as a weekend event that is family oriented. It’s designed for families to explore the different organizations that make a community better and enjoy the thrill of music from live bands too. So in order to fulfill the goal of attending Ribfest, I decided to go to the one in Oakville, which ran June 26 through June 28.

Being an avid volunteer, I wanted to become a part of this event somehow and help in any way possible and the perfect opportunity came about. It turned out that Halton Crime Stoppers was hosting a booth during the event so I decided to volunteer with them while enjoying the venue held at the Trafalgar Campus of Sheridan College.

Having volunteered before with Halton Crime Stoppers at community events, I was familiar with the way things were to be run. As members of the community approached the booth, I would help to reiterate the purpose of Crime Stoppers and the importance of solving as well as reducing any form of crime. It was interesting to speak to people interested in learning more about how Crime Stoppers operates and I would explain that everything is kept anonymous.

Knowing that this was a family event, the booth offered items for kids marked with the Crime Stoppers logo such as pencils, stickers, balloons, colouring books and even magnets. There was always the importance of letting people who visited the booth know that Crime Stoppers is separate from the police.

Oakville family RibfestIn terms of the event, I enjoyed volunteering and I also had a fabulous time listening to the bands that came out to perform on stage. However, I also loved the food that was offered at this amazing venue designed to bring the community of Oakville together for the weekend. I wasn’t too hungry at the time so I opted for a pulled pork sandwich instead of ribs. The lines were quite long and this was understandable as the weather stations predicted rain for Saturday and Sunday, which left Friday as the ideal day for attending the Oakville Ribfest. I didn’t mind as the ribbers put on quite a show when they were cooking the food for the customers. In fact, I went to Jack the Ribber and it was fun to watch the enthusiasm and expression the cooks would put into the food.

Overall, I had a terrific experience at my very first Ribfest and it was unique as I was able to volunteer with the Halton Crime Stoppers at the same time. I enjoyed the food and hopefully my appetite will allow me to enjoy some ribs next year. I definitely recommend this event to anyone and it is a much better experience when you tag along with family or friends.

The Ribfest is also very youth-oriented and I want to thank the Rotary Club of Oakville, Sheridan College and the Co-operators in hosting this amazing event and I will definitely be attending next year.

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6/10/2015 - Cal Millar - Recipient of The Gary Murphy Award of Excellence

On Sunday, June 7, 2015 the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers awarded Mr. Cal Millar with The Gary Murphy Award of Excellence.

The Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers recognized Cal Millar for his more than 30 years of continuous service and dedication to the cause of Crime Stoppers.

Cal Millar`s involvement with Crime Stoppers dates back to 1984 when he was one of the founding fathers of Toronto Crime Stoppers. During his tenure with the Toronto program he extended his contributions to the Crime Stoppers cause by serving on the Board of Directions of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and also served as a Director with Crime Stoppers International.

Mr. Cal Millar, a retired general assignment reporter with the Toronto Star, has most recently served on the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Halton from 2007-2012, rotating between being a Director, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Board.

Cal Millar`s literacy expertise led to him writing several books that helped heighten awareness of the importance of Crime Stoppers, with his last book appropriately entitled :What is Crime Stoppers".

Cal Millar`s 30 years of contribution towards the Crime Stoppers movement falls within the scope of what one would normally see as being "significant or profound" - meaning the contribution exceeds what one would normally expect from a volunteer.

Congratulations Cal Millar! Thank you for all you do for Crime Stoppers of Halton and for Crime Stoppers programs around the world!

Mr. Cal Millar receiving The Gary Murphy Award of Excellence from OACS President Dave Forster.

Our Police Coordinator and Chair of the Board with award recipient Cal Millar.

6/3/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton PSA

Look out for our new Public Service Announcement playing at Cineplex Theaters this summer. Thank you to Economical Insurance for sponsoring our initiative and to Cineplex for making this possible!

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PSA Schedule:

May 29 - June 25 in Oakville (2081 Winston Park Drive)

June 26 - July 23 in Burlington (1250 Brant Street)

July 31 - August 27 in Milton (1175 Maple Avenue)

6/1/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton seeks Jailbirds for Jail-A-Thon fundraiser

 

In October 2015, there will mock trials for willing participants at a kangaroo court and jailbirds will spend time in a makeshift slammer while raising bail to win their release.

All the proceeds will go directly to Crime Stoppers of Halton that is helping make the regional municipality of Halton Region one of the safest in Canada to raise a family and do business.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The date in October is yet to be determined. Please check our website and social media for updates.

The funds will be used to pay out tip rewards for information that helps solve crime and to raise awareness on the Crime Stoppers program.

Community members interested in spending a little time behind bars to raise both funds and awareness for Crime Stoppers of Halton are asked to call 905-825-4747 x 5139 or email haltoncrimestoppers@cogeco.net.

To donate online to the Jail-A-Thon fundraiser, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/crime-stoppers-of-halton-inc/Jail-A-Thon/. 

About Crime Stoppers of Halton
Crime Stoppers of Halton helps keep the community safe from crime. It is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that helps solve and deter crime by providing the community with a means of reporting criminal activity with guaranteed anonymity. Rewards of up to $2,000 are offered for information leading to an arrest. Crime Stoppers operates in cooperation with police, the media, and the community, offering a service that allows you to anonymously give tips on criminal activity over the phone (1-800-222-8477),
online, or by texting "tip201" plus your message to 274637. To further protect you, Crime Stoppers does not record phone calls or subscribe to Call Display.

 

For further information, contact:

Detective Constable Paul Proteau

Crime Stoppers of Halton

(T) 905.825.4747 ext. 5118 or (C) 905.808.7423

paul.proteau@haltonpolice.ca

5/9/2015 - Police Day

Volunteering on annual Police Day of Halton Regional Police Service

 

BY HARNOOR GILL

Grade 11 student

Christ The King Catholic Secondary

Georgetown, Ontario

Being a part of the community, I am always concerned with the safety and well being of others around me. As I started volunteering, I noticed that there were organizations in communities dedicated to assisting the public in terms of general safety. A great example of an organization that helps to solve and deter crime through the means of reporting criminal activity anonymously is none other than Crime Stoppers. As an avid volunteer, I decided to become a part of the local volunteer not-for-profit at the Crime Stoppers of Halton. I received the opportunity to become a Crime Stoppers volunteer and I feel extremely privileged to volunteer for such a great cause.

As my first venture with Crime Stoppers of Halton, I have the opportunity to raise awareness on the cause of this not-for-profit at the annual event of Police Day. This event is held on the second Saturday of May each year at the Police Headquarters in Oakville. The purpose behind this event for the Halton Regional Police Service is to be able to build effective partnerships with members of the diverse and growing community of Halton Region. This is a perfect event for people of all ages and interests in order to enhance the understanding between the police and the general public. This daylong celebration of representing policing in the Halton Region offers all visitors the opportunity to learn about law enforcement on a first-hand basis with the use of interactive presentations.

This year’s Police Day was held on Saturday, May 9 and the centralized theme focused on “Community Mobilization”.  It was the 14th annual Police Day of the Halton Regional Police Service and it really brought the greater community closer together with the local police. I enjoyed the K9 unit demonstration along with the Tactical Rescue Unit that was shown twice. It was great to see the community at large enjoying the services provided by the police and I think this really left a positive effect about the police force on everyone.

During the day, I also had the chance to help man the Crime Stoppers of Halton booth and visited other displays within the auditorium as well. I had fun handing out “swag” to people who came by and it included pencils, colouring books, stickers and fridge magnets designed to raise awareness about Crime Stoppers. However, I was also able to take time off to visit other displays and witness various presentations on this day. I connected and networked with other branches of the Halton Regional Police Service such as the Identity Theft Unit and Community Mobilization and Engagement Unit.

Not only were the police highlighted, but also organizations promoting community safety. An example of this is when I visited the Victim Services Unit where I learned about the charity known as SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services). I was also intrigued by the awareness that the Canadian Centre for Child Protection was raising on the issue of keeping all teens safe from online sexual exploitation. Along with the fabulous displays, it was also a beautiful day outside allowing for live bands to perform on stage and people were able to enjoy a barbecue provided by Troy’s Diner on picnic tables.

Overall, I had a great time on promoting the cause of Crime Stoppers and it was a great opportunity to let people know about this local volunteer organization that helps keep our communities safe and sound.

http://www.voiceonline.com/volunteering-on-annual-police-day-of-halton-regional-police-service/
5/8/2015 - Police Appreciation

On Friday, May 8, 2015 Crime Stoppers of Halton delivered donuts, timbits and heart balloons to Halton Regional Police Service officers to thank them for all they do to help keep Halton Region a safe community and their support of Crime Stoppers.

We would also like to thank Tim Horton`s head office and their location on Third Line and the North Service Road West (587 Third Line) for donating the donuts and timbits.

 

5/6/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton Supports McHappy Day

In return for the support Crime Stoppers of Halton has received from our local McDonald`s, our volunteers decided to help out on McHappy Day 2015. On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, McDonald`s donated $1 from every Big Mac, Happy Meal and any hot McCafe beverage to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Our volunteers wore their Crime Stoppers of Halton t-shirts and supported McDonald`s located at 375 Iroquois Shore Road and at 210 North Service Road West (Dorval Crossing, East Plaza).

5/4/2015 - Spring Cleaning: shred your documents May 2 & 3

This past weekend, Crime Stoppers of Halton hosted two shred fundraisers with Filebank. Community members and local businesses were able to shred their personal and financial documents onsite by donation to Crime Stoppers of Halton. We were at Appleby Ice Centre on Saturday, May 2 and at Dorval Crossing on Sunday, May 3. We had a great turnout at both locations! Thank you to everyone that came out for your support!

A BIG thank you Filebank for donating your services, to Pop-A-Lock for showing your support, and McDonald`s at Dorval Crossing for giving out coupons to our donor`s on Sunday!

4/28/2015 - National Rail Safety Week

April 27th - May 1st is National Rail Safety Week.

CN has provided 10 safety tips that can save lives.

4/18/2015 - Volunteer of the Day

Meet our Volunteer of the Day: Mike Monings

 

Mike has volunteered with Crime Stoppers of Halton since October 2014. When asked why he wanted to volunteer with us, Mike responded “I wanted to contribute to a community I love so much and hope to raise a family in some day.”

 

Since October, Mike has volunteered at our Community Shred and Jail-A-Thon fundraisers. He also joined our 2015 Golf Tournament Committee, where he meets with our Board Members for a few hours every month to help plan and promote our Golf Tournament fundraiser in September.

 

We asked Mike why he continues to volunteer with us, and he replied “It’s gratifying knowing that I am helping make the community that my friends, family, and I live in safer. I also really enjoy working with everyone associated with Crime Stoppers of Halton. It’s given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people and be part of something I am passionate about.”

 

Thank you Mike for all of the time you have dedicated to Crime Stoppers of Halton, you really are keeping Halton Region a safer community! We are happy to have an amazing volunteer like you!


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