Kids succeeding in life with help from the game of golf, the vision of Constable Ryan Drapack is carrying on in a big way in the west end of Toronto thanks to funding of ProAction Cops And Kids (on Twitter @CopsAndKidsca and Facebook.com/CopsAndKidsca) and The Longest Yard. Two year youth participant Gregory Letounov was a shining example of the success and sustainablity of the program On November 29, 2011 at an appreciation night held at Islington Junior Middle School on Cordova Av in Toronto. Letounov was all smiles receiving a $500 scholarship towards his Business Management Program at Ryerson University from mentor officer Ryan Drapack.
Dedicated members of 22 Division Toronto Police Service led by Detective Pat McGrade (on Twitter follow @Det2347) coordinated the Islington Community Golf Association Community Appreciation night, celebrating the closing of the fall session of the ICGA Golf Program, bringing together cops, kids and community for success and safety.
For 9 weeks, youth learned golf skills from community golf enthusiasts, and the Islington Club assistant pro, as well as cops passionate about the game and their community.
Bishwesh Uprety was all smiles at the lunch after the day’s golfing, very proud of his achievements with his golf skills, ready and willing to tell his story for a Youtube video for the official Toronto Police Youtube account.
Islington Golf And Country Club members John Tyers and Bob Tebbutt were key players in helping the youth of the Mabelle community of west Toronto excel through this golf program. MCgrade offered special thanks to Andrew Szewczuk, the assistant pro at the Islington Golf Course, a key contributor to the program’s success, as well as”Sue” from Toronto Public Health. Det McGrade thanked his colleagues, Sergeant Russ Clark and Detective John Clarke for their dedication attending the program each week for the 9 week duration.
Judging from the smiles on the faces of the kids at the appreciation night, it was clearly evident that these officers had made a difference in the lives of the youth involved in the program.
Superintendent Jim Ramer attended the appreciation evening, and praised his officers, the community volunteers and the youth who participated on a regular basis, building trust and respect in the spirit of community safety. Supt Raymer indicated that he was excited that his officers were using social media sites like Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and a WordPress blog to carry on the positive connection made with the kids and the community with his officers.
The Toronto Police Service adapted an official social media policy in 2011, and expect 170 officers throughout the Service to be officially trained by the end of calendar year 2011. Supt Ramer was very supportive of his officers’ use of social media, and was anxious to get more officers trained and connecting with the community in a positive way. The majority of the kids present indicated that they used Facebook on a regular basis.
The public and fellow officers are invited to view the posts from the event on the official 22 Division Facebook page here: Facebook.com/TPS22