Few individuals get the opportunity to work in the same community where they were born and raised.
Constable Diana Joness is very fortunate as she has been assigned to 42 Division since joining the Service 23 years ago.
In that time, she has worked closely with the community to provide programs to uplift young people.
At the Division’s annual Family Fun Day on June 14 at Burrows Hall Community Centre and Park, Joness was presented with the 42 Division Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) Officer of the Year Award for her significant impact in the neighbourhood.
“It’s an honour and privilege to be the recipient of this award,” she said. “This is my community and I am honoured to know that my work is making a difference in the lives of the people who live here.”
Four years ago, Joness started the Cycling for Success program for high school students in 41, 42, 43 and 33 Divisions. Funded by Pro Action Cops & Kids, the program helps students improve their fitness while learning bicycle skills.
The program culminates with the Malvern Bike Classic which is a series of road races on Brenyon Way between Sewells Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E. The youths compete for the George Terry Memorial Cup and each participant receives a brand new bicycle and a helmet.
“Diana has spent the last year with the Primary Response Unit (PRU), but she still found the time to organize this year’s cycling event,” said Staff Sergeant Dave Rydzik. “The Cycling for Success program is an amazing initiative that touches the lives of many young people in this community and 33 Division. She leads that program and it’s impressive how much of her own time she puts into this wonderful endeavour. It’s a lot of work bringing together various partners, but she pulls it off successfully each year. I can’t thank her enough for the work she does.”
Superintendent Kathryn Martin and Inspector Dave Vickers praised Joness who was a School Resource Officer (SRO) at L’Amoreaux Collegiate Institute and Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute before joining the PRU last year.
“I have known Diana for almost 20 years,” said Vickers. “She’s an outstanding and very community-minded officer with a heart of gold. We couldn’t be more proud of her and she fully deserves this accolade for her shining achievements.”
CPLC co-chairs Simon Ip and Dorothy Feenan made the presentation to Joness.
“Diana is passionate about what she does and she’s making a positive impact on the lives of many young people in Scarborough,” Feenan said. “She has a great work ethic and is always willing to assist others. This officer sets a good example for her peers.”
Joness returns to the SRO program in September at Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute.
As part of the annual fun day, community resident Elijah Adotey was the Superintendent for the day.