NATIONAL & REGIONAL EVENTS
The Children’s Breakfast Club Christmas Gala
For the eight straight year, members of IPA Canada Region 2 (Toronto, Ontario) have volunteered to assist at the Annual Children’s Breakfast Clubs Christmas Gala. On Dec 3, 2019 more than one thousand children from local schools attended the Liberty Grand Event Centre for this holiday festival. All the children received toys donated by the Spin Master Toy Co. and Liberty Grand provided a lunch for all the kids, numerous volunteers, and dignitaries in attendance. The children were treated to a host of fun activities, music, and of course photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, (Region 2 member Jim Dallimore and his wife Lorna ). Other Region 2 members, Lino Murarotto, Janusz Fornal, Farhan Kever, and his children, Frank Manchisi, and Rick Gosling are featured in the attached photos.
Rick Gosling, the founder of the Breakfast Clubs, and organizer of this event, is an honourary member of Region 2. Toronto Mayor John Tory was present as the Guest of Honour along with all the corporate sponsors that generously support the Breakfast Clubs. Toronto Police, Fire and Paramedics were represented by their respective Honour Guards.
Our participation assisting the organizers and children is a rewarding experience that we hope to continue for many more years. For more information about the TCBC visit https://breakfastclubs.ca/
IPA Canada - Christmas Sponsorship Project
For many years now, the IPA in Atlantic Canada has undertaken a project where the Director in each of our four Atlantic Provinces (NB, NS, PEI and NL) selects a charity or organization in one of our communities and makes a donation of a minimum of $200. One of the goals of our friendship organization is to enhance the reputation of law enforcement professionals in our communities. We believe that this program helps achieve that goal, and it is a great way to have fun, do the right thing, and attract new members in the process.
This year, our group in Newfoundland and Labrador selected a seniors home and in particular, two senior residents Margaret and Chesley. Seventeen (17) IPA members met at a luncheon prior to the presentation day to gather some donated gifts from the list of needs provided. They collected $235 in cash to add to the $200 contribution as well as the gifts and two Christmas stockings completely filled with small gifts. Director Beverly Bryant along with Sharon Warren attended the seniors home and personally presented the gifts to a very happy Margaret (See Photo 1) .
In New Brunswick members selected the Beausejour Family Crisis Centre in Shediac as their charity. In partnership with the local RCMP Detachment, IPA members sponsored two single women who had been recently rescued from abusive relationships. The ladies provided modest wish lists and our members sought donations from IPA members and community friends for the gifts or cash to cover the costs. All of the gifts were collected, wrapped and delivered personally by local IPA and RCMP members. In addition to the gifts, organizers contributed or collected over $1100. in useful gift cards to be split between the two recipients (see photo 2).
As you may all now, the National Police Curling Championship will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland in March 2019. There will be a large number of Law Enforcement Personnel from across Canada attending this event. The total cost for police participants (Hotels, Registration, Travel,meals, equipment etc… ) to attend this event falls on them. The Executive members of R16 has decided to sponsor one of the teams which is participating in this competition. The jackets that will be worn by this team will have the IPA logo on it so they can promote and give some exposure to the IPA at the event. We feel that it will generate some conversations about the IPA and that there will be photos published in many social medias and local, regional and national police magazines.
Good Afternoon Regional Directors and NEB Members;
Region 11 is proud to be sponsoring our first annual Police Insignia Collectors Meet on June 29, 2019, in Windsor, Ontario. A poster has been attached for your perusal. We would like to extended an invitation to any IPA members residing in the surrounding Regions, or who will be visiting in our area, who would like to help volunteer on the day of the show or who would prefer to participate as a vendor or buyer. We are hoping to make this premier one day show a huge success in order to expand the next show to a two day program.
For those Regions in Ontario, if it is possible for you to print off a couple of posters and have them posted in your local Police Agencies or Police Clubs, as well as EMS and Fire Detachments, we would appreciate assistance in spreading the word. We will also be advertising with current patch show and coin collectors and media sites.
If you have any questions an email address has been set up for the Insignia Meet at ipaR11patchshow@hotmail.com . Please feel free to contact us.
Thanks in Advance,
Laurie A. Langlois,
International Police Association Canada,
Windsor and Area (Ontario) Police Insignia Collectors Meet