DRPS Youth in Policing grads celebrate at Ajax ceremony

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Published April 4, 2023 at 9:56 am

Students show off the the 'Fabric of our Being' collaborative quilt project

Seventy graduates of the Durham Regional Police Youth in Policing program were in the spotlight last week at their Winter Initiative graduation ceremony in Ajax.

The YIP grads were piped into their seats by the police pipes and drums band with newly appointed Durham Police Chief Peter Moreira provided opening remarks, followed by DRPS CAO Stan MacLellan speaking on the impact these students have made on their community.

Nadine Williams shared the Fabric of our Being quilt project she collaborated on with YIP; a permanent reminder that “everybody has an opportunity to show off the fabric of who they are.” YIP students had the opportunity to submit quilt tiles surrounding the theme of Affirming Identity and Black Excellence.

Team members were welcomed on stage and congratulated on each of their major events: Operation G.I.V.E., Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser, IMPACT Youth Forum, Parasport Ontario Games, the basketball tournament for Special Olympics, C.A.N. Conference, and Program Media.

The program’s three valedictorians then shared their most memorable moments, followed by student awards: the UNITED Award for representing the vision, values, and mission of YIP; the YIP Award for demonstrating exceptional personal and professional development; and the final Chief Todd Rollauer Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Applications for the 2023 Youth in Policing Summer Initiative, applications are open until April 11. For more information visit www.drps.ca/yip or [email protected].

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