Officers from across the city served and raised Tim Hortons cup on May 31 in an effort to send kids on camp.
Before Inspector Bryan Bott and a few of his homicide officers got down to their regular work, they went to Tim Hortons College Park location to serve up some coffee.
“For the past several years, members of Homicide have participated in Tim Hortons Camp Day,” said Bott. “This is an excellent program offered by Tim Hortons, which supports and offers opportunities to disadvantaged children. As members of TPS Homicide, we are proud to support such programs, and also create an opportunity for the public and the employees of our local Tim Hortons to see TPS investigators through a different lens."
Constable Randy Arsenault and officers at 43 Division also participated at a Scarborough location.
“The first year I went because it was basically part of my duties as a police officer to engage in the community,” he said. “After working with youth over the years and hearing first hand some of the experiences they have had with Camp Day and how it directly affected them in a positive way, I wouldn’t miss it now. I grew up in a rural setting and camped a lot. If I can help raise awareness and send a kid to camp who might not otherwise be able to, then I have done my job as a police officer engaging the community.”
About 14,000 campers aged nine to 12 years attend a 10-day summer camp session or a seven-day winter camp session at one of the Foundation's six camps in Canada and the United States. Children are selected by Tim Hortons restaurant owners who work closely with local youth organizations and schools to identify kids who would most benefit from an experience at camp.
During their time at camp, kids participate in a wide range of first-class programs and activities designed to build self-esteem and leadership skills. The Foundation is committed to providing an enriched and memorable experience for campers, giving them confidence in their abilities, pride in their accomplishments and a more positive view of the world and their place in it.