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News Room – Inside the Winnipeg Police Service


Service Celebrates Its Volunteers & Community Partners

It was only appropriate the Winnipeg Police Service held its Volunteer Appreciation event on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) this year. Surely, we have a wee bit of the luck of the Irish to have such a great group of volunteers working alongside us.

The annual event, hosted by Community Relations Unit, allows us to show our appreciation for some of our closest and most dedicated community partners – the men and women who serve in our Community Volunteer and Victim Services Volunteer Programs. 

Congratulations to Ms. Gloria Matskiw who was selected the Community Volunteer of the Year! 7,300 Hours Contributed Through Community Services Volunteer Program

Last year, members of the Community Volunteer program contributed a combined 7,300-plus volunteers hours! These are the people that citizens first encounter when they arrive at a Service Centre.  They are there in good times and in bad to:

  • greet the public
  • answer the telephones
  • provide administrative support; and
  • provide direction and referrals to citizens when they are not sure where to turn.

Those first impressions are integral to helping us build the important relationships we strive to develop with the community.

Congratulations to Ms. Gloria Matskiw (pictured right) who was selected the Community Volunteer of the Year! She has been a volunteer with the Winnipeg Police Service since 1999. Since that time she has volunteered more than 3,600 hours (166 hours in 2013) at our Service Centres and special events.

She is currently the team leader of volunteer team at the Public Safety Building.

Also notable among the other community volunteers honoured :

  • Seven people were recognized for reaching the 250 volunteer hours milestone.
  • Three people were recognized for reaching the 500 volunteer hours milestone.
  • Two people were recognized for reaching the 1,000 volunteer hours milestone.
  • One person was recognized for reaching the 2,000 volunteer hours milestone.

Congratulations to Ms. Gloria Matskiw who was selected the Community Volunteer of the Year! Victim Services Volunteers Made 5,550 contacts to victims of crime in 2013

The 45 volunteers involved with the Victim Services Volunteer program contributed more than 5,000 hours of personal time in 2013. These men and women are the ones who:

  • contact victims of crime and inform them of their rights
  • offer resources and support on our behalf; and
  • field calls from victims of crime, as well as agencies, who have questions.

Congratulations to Ms. Fran Weibe (pictured left) who was selected the Victim Services Volunteer of the Year! She has been a volunteer with the Winnipeg Police Service since 2008. Since that time she has volunteered more than 1,500 hours.

Many more volunteers were recognized for their length of service with the program and for hours served.

  • Four volunteers were recognized for reaching the 1,000 volunteer hours milestone.
  • Three volunteers were recognized for reaching the 2,000 volunteer hours milestone.
  • One volunteer were recognized for reaching accumulating 7,000 volunteer hours with the program.
  • Four volunteers received silver pins for completing 5 years of service, while five more volunteers were recognized for 10 years of service.

Notably, the longest serving Victim Services volunteer has been with us 22 years and managed to serve 397 with the program in 2013.

Find out more about our volunteer programs here.

Expressing Thanks to Community Partners

Congratulations to Ms. Gloria Matskiw who was selected the Community Volunteer of the Year! During this annual event, the Service also pays tribute to deserving citizens who have assisted our Service in some capacity or helped strengthen police relationships within their community.

This year, Ms. Tamara Taylor was honoured.

Ms. Taylor was observant enough to notice an elderly male in distress due to the onset of severe hypothermia on a cold winter’s night in early December. Ms. Taylor summoned emergency services to the scene and stood-by the elderly gentleman, offering the warmth of her car to the confused stranger.

Her actions most certainly saved the gentleman ‘s life that night, as given the severe outdoor temperatures and the advanced progression of hypothermia, the victim would likely have succumbed to his medical emergency within the next number of minutes.

Ms. Taylor is a brilliant example of someone whose keen eye and compassionate nature have truly affected the community around her.

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Thank you to all of our volunteers & community partners for all you do on our behalf!

Our organization is stronger through your continuing efforts.