Though holding a full-time job, Wida Lubbin still finds time to volunteer and help others as a Toronto Police Auxiliary member.
Assigned to 23 Division, she was recognized as the Officer of the Month for February.
“I am honoured and privileged to serve the community as an Auxiliary member,” said Luddin, who has a background in customer service and is fluent in English, Persian, Russian, Pashtu and Dari. “I feel great whenever I can make a positive difference and be an asset to Toronto Police.”
Auxiliary S/Sgt. Rick Jordan nominated Luddin for the honour.
“As a team leader, Wida is a spark of enthusiasm for the leadership team and is respected by her peers both within the regular service as well as by other Auxiliary members,” he said. “I can always count on her presence at Divisional meetings and for any last-minute details or callouts we might have. Further, she’s demonstrated her leadership qualities by mentoring some of the newly appointed officers that come to the Division.”
Deputy Chief Peter Yuen joined Supt. Dave Rydzik in making a presentation to Luddin on behalf of the Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit (CPEU).
“These monthly awards are just one of the ways our unit is trying to encourage and motivate Auxiliary members,” said Rydzik.
In her first year, Luddin completed 450 hours, attending all of the major events, including the Pride parade, Canada Day and Toronto Caribbean Festival.
“Wida brought her smile and energy to 23 Division where she consistently exceeded her monthly hours,” said Rydzik.
At a recent Community Police Academy session, she offered to help after noticing the Talent Acquisition Team was short-staffed.
Luddin was introduced to the Auxiliary program four years ago after being invited to attend a graduation ceremony.
“I have met so many great people in the Service who have become my friends and I have learned so much about what it takes to be a good police officer,” she said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be an Auxiliary member and to be able to make the community a safer place to live.”
Nearly 400 Auxiliaries volunteer about 70,000 hours annually, assisting in community mobilization initiatives, crime prevention programs, special events, parades, searches for missing persons and emergency call-outs.
The Auxiliary program was established 63 years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel.
In the last six decades, members have provided countless hours of service during the 2010 G20 Summit, papal visits in 1984 and 2002 during World Youth Day celebrations, at the 2003 Rolling Stones concert and at the sites of the 1962 propane plant explosion in Maple, the 1969 natural gas explosion in Malton and the 1979 trail derailment in Mississauga.
During the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Auxiliary officers – working 24-hour shifts – undertook 836 assignments and contributed approximately 8,370 volunteer hours.