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News Room – Inside the Winnipeg Police Service


Service Honours Committed Community Members Working to Make Winnipeg Safer

Volunteer & Citizen Appreciation Night

Our community is made stronger when we work together for the betterment of all.

That is the underlying thought behind Chief Devon Clunis’ direction and efforts to create a culture of safety for Winnipeg. On March 15th, the Service hosted a formal dinner to honour volunteers who have made outstanding community contributions within the Service as well as citizens who went above and beyond to provide much needed assistance in the community.

The list of this year’s community members being recognized with Citizen Certificates of Appreciation certainly speaks to difference committed individuals can make in our community.

Following is a list of this year’s list of Citizen Appreciation Certificate recipients:

  • Emilio Abiusi for creating Drop Zone. Aimed at providing young people in the core area and North End with a means to stay active during the summer months, Drop Zone was created with assistance from the Winnipeg Police Service and through the community connections and knowledge of Ndinawe. More than 70 youth took part in the program under the two tutelage of youth leaders from Ndinawe.

  • A 12-year-old girl, who cannot be named, was recognized for her efforts to help save the life of a women in distress. With the woman taking action to end her own life, the young woman put her own fears aside and was persistent in doing whatever she could to help the woman.

  • Hilde Purdy is the founder of Feed My Lambs Street Mission Inc. A staple of East Winnipeg, she has been preparing serving hot food and sandwiches for the hungry and homeless people she encountered. What started out in 2007 as about 50 sandwiches being served each week escalated to more than 180 sandwiches – all funded from her own pockets.
  • Barb Silva, was recognized on behalf of National Industrial Communications Inc. Following a string of murders involving Winnipeg’s homeless, this local small business stepped forward to provide 300 personal safety alarms for the distribution to and use of Winnipeg’s homeless through the Salvation Army, Main Street Project and Siloam Mission.
  • Sel Burrows has long been a community safety activist in the North Point Douglas neighbourhood. Mr. Burrows is the creator of a neighbourhood Powerline designed to help his neighbours report a crime or concern – even if they were uncertain about calling the polcie. Throughout the years, he’s become well known for his tenacity in taking on “Crack Shacks”, street gangs, slum landlords and hotels. This year, Mr. Burrows mobilized North Main Street Strip stakeholders to create the Safe Main Street Committee. The committee’s primary aim is to make Main Street safer.
  • Chief Jim Bear of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation was recognized for his continuous efforts to forge closer relationships between the Winnipeg Police Service and the six other First Nations leaders within Treaty 1 territory. Chief Bear is credited with enhancing the Treaty relationship between the City of Winnipeg and the remaining First Nations communities. He has set an example for what may be possible when the communities within Territory 1 work together for the benefit of all peoples.
  • Major Chuck Halikas, Wing Flight Safety Officer at 17 Winnipeg, was recognized for being instrumental in the ongoing development, mentorship and support of the Winnipeg Police Service Flight Operations Unit. The Service and 17 Wing Winnipeg work together to ensure the highest safety standards are followed. As a direct result of Major Halikas’ guidance, the culture within the Flight Operations Unit is one that works to identify risk in advance, thereby preventing incidents and continuing an accident free operation.

On behalf of all the members of the Winnipeg Police Service, and the broader Winnipeg community, we extend our heartfelt thanks to each of the individuals honoured.
While the awards are individual, the results of your care, consideration and attention to the greater needs of our community are a reward in which we can all take pride and share.

May your efforts make our community stronger and inspire others to take those sometime small steps that can have such a big impact on Winnipeg.