Working quietly in the background suits Constable Martin Douglas just fine.
When the work he’s doing is making a difference in the community, others take notice and, in the case of the Herbert Carnegie Future Aces Foundation, feel compelled to recognize with an award.
Douglas was the recipient of an Unsung Hero Award at the organization’s annual fundraiser on May 22 in Markham.
“I enjoy going to work every day because I relish what I do, particularly with young people,” he said. “I don’t do this for awards but, at the same time, it’s good to know people are watching what you are doing.”
A graduate of Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute, Douglas joined the Service 15 years ago.
He was a School Resource Officer at Sir Robert Borden Business & Technical Institute. He took time out from his busy personal and professional schedule to volunteer his service as coach of the school’s football team, formed five years ago.
On May 23, Douglas hosted a banquet in the school’s cafeteria to celebrate the Robert Borden/Sir Oliver Mowat’s success as the Argos Double Blue Bowl champions. They will be moving up to Tier Two from the Varsity Developmental League next year.
“Most of what we accomplished on the field, this season, is because of Coach Douglas,” said second-year defensive end Giorgio Lee. “We were prepared mentally for every challenge because he pushed us to the limit. If it was not for him, we would not be here celebrating.”
Linebacker Alexander Johnson concurred.
“He has been a mentor to us and he has helped us learn what it means to play as a team,” he said.
Mowat student Reid Hansen also praised Douglas and the other coaches.
“It was obvious, from the beginning, that he wanted us to succeed and be the best on and off the field,” said the first-year player. “His impact on the football program is immeasurable. We are grateful that he takes time off from his busy schedule to do this for us.”
To bridge the gap between youth and police over his career, Martin started mentoring and after-school programs, including “Krumping Out Crime,” which saw kids get to try out the energetic street dance and compete against other schools.
It was another opportunity to work with young people, something he relishes.
Douglas is currently assigned to the Toronto Crime Stoppers program as a Youth & Social Media Officer.