NATIONAL & REGIONAL EVENTS
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).