Cops, Community, Cinema Fund Bursary

By Staff Sergeant Phillip Van Andel,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 7:51 a.m. April 10, 2014

Members of the community joined our officers to help fund a bursary for young people with the help of Humber Cinemas.

A group of people including a man and woman in TPS uniform on a staircase with movie posters in background
Humber Cinema Manager Maurice Loeb, Constables Rob Tajti and Susan Fassbender, Staff Sergeant Philip Van Andel, Counciller Sarah Doucette and Humber Cinema owner Claude Bitton
  • A group of people including a man and woman in TPS uniform on a staircase with movie posters in background
  • Two men in TPS uniform behind concession stand with a crowd

Members of 11 Division and the 11 Division Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) were proud to be partnered with the owners of Humber Cinemas during the weekend of April 4-6 to raise awareness and funds for their Community Safety Scholarship Fund.

Officers from 11 Division, accompanied by Councillor Sarah Doucette, who regularly attends CPLC meetings and sponsored events, spent time assisting staff, serving  popcorn and drinks. The event managed to raise $1,500 for the fund. So far, $4,000 has been collected to be awarded to students.

This scholarship awards financial support to young people who are engaged in making their community a safer place. This scholarship does not just reward academic achievement but places emphasis on community and civic activities promoting safety.

Scadding Court Community Centre and Toronto Community Housing are also partners in this fund to help administer it and promote participation to the corporate world.

Claude Bitton, representative of the management team at Humber Cinemas, considers it a great opportunity and responsibility to provide entertainment for the Bloor Street West Community. It also gives back to the youth through their support of this safety scholarship fund.

Humber Cinemas is over 100 years old and is one of the oldest movie houses in the City of Toronto. This venue provided an opportunity for TPS officers to positively engage members of the public and promote community safety.

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