Gananoque YIPIs graduate from successful summer program
YIPI cheer from the comfort of her vacation in BC by computer screen.
“Wi t h t h i s program, I have become more in touch with my community and the people who reside within it,” said Tristan Hammond, YIPI. “I have created new and lasting friendships with my fellow YIPI members, and have created relationships with important individuals across the town thatmake Gananoque what it is. I chose this program because I am headed for Humber College to study Police Foundations, and to further my studies and knowledge within this field.”
“I am looking forward to pursuing a career in policing,” said Lindsay Sargent. “I am so happy to have been a part of this great opportunity. It has opened my eyes and helped me see that I really want to pursue a career within the police force.”
“It was such a great opportunity for me,” said Kaitlyn Nash, speaking through VOIP from British Columbia. “Not only did I have a great group, I also had a great supervisor, which all opened up my eyes to policing and allowed me to realize it’s about more than just arresting someone. It’s about being with your community and treating people with respect. This program has definitely added a career opportunity to my future list of possible occupations.”
“As I looked deeper into what this job was about, I realized I could learn a lot from it,” said Brittany Reid. “The YIPI Program taught me to communicate with people more because part of the job is interacting with the community, whether that is giving a tourist directions or just having a nice conversation with them. Although I am not looking to pursue policing as a career, the YIPI Program gave me the experience and insight on what I do want to become. I got the experience of working with kids and people of all ages. I am looking to pursue a job that makes it possible for me to help kids. This program not only teaches you about policing – it teaches you about teamwork, responsibility, and how to interact with people. No matter what career path you take, YIPI will help you in some way.”
Participants in the program gave thanks to all of the groups they worked with, and were presented with several certificates of appreciation.
“As the chief, it makes me proud to have them here today,” said Gananoque Police Chief Garry Hull. “Accolades for all the work that goes into the YIPI program to both Constable Molleson and ConstableWeston. I have a limited role in that, and I amappreciative that theMinistry provides us with funding to create and continue this program.”
Every year, four new participants are chosen for the program. Students were paid $400 a week for their participation, and they learned many valuable skills which will follow them through life. These include responsibility, reliability, and the ability to deal well with the public. The program helps create not only a new generation of law enforcement professionals, but also a more confident, better rounded group of young people ready to face the challenges that lie ahead.