Service Supports United Way

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:28 p.m. September 9, 2014

The Toronto Police Service has once again set the bar high in its attempt to generate money for the United Way Toronto annual fundraising campaign.

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Fundraiser Kathy LeBarr, Staff Superintendent Rick Stubbings, Inspector Stu Eley, United Way CEO Susan McIsaac, fundraiser Melissa Gibson, Toronto Police Association director Ed Costa and Chief Bill Blair

At its kick-off on September 9 at police headquarters, employee campaign chair Staff Superintendent Rick Stubbings thanked members for their generous contributions over the years and announced that the 2014 goal is $550,000.

“We are going to achieve that amount or exceed it,” he promised.

To kick off the fundraising, Inspector Stu Eley presented $500 on behalf of the Senior Officers' Organization and Ed Costa, the Toronto Police Association director of civilian field services, made a presentation of $5,000 on behalf of his organization.

Susan McIsaac, the United Way Toronto President & CEO, graciously accepted the cheques.

“We are truly blessed to work with so many great organizations across the city,” she pointed out. “But there are few in my humble opinion that understand the complexity of the city and the challenges quite like this one. You are on the frontline doing great work to keep this community safe and whole.”

Noting that United Way is an important partner in helping Toronto Police work with the community to make a difference in the lives of city residents, Chief Bill Blair encouraged members to donate to this year’s campaign.

“United Way is not just simply a mechanism by which we generously support the people of our city,” he said. “Members of the Service go out, every day, to try and do the things that can make a difference in the quality of people’s lives and we do that in partnership with a lot of extraordinary people in the city and organizations which are there to help young people realise their full potential and new immigrants settle into a new environment so they can be successful and feel included in our society.

“The organizations also help our neighbourhoods work, provide services for seniors and the disadvantaged and close the gaps of disparity and, through the leadership that United Way provides, help the rest of us to come together to organize and to understand the challenges many of the people in our city are facing and what we all must do collectively to make a difference. Every cop in the city knows and understands the importance of those organizations supported by United Way.”

Every cop in the city knows and understands the importance of those organizations supported by United Way

Inspector Reuben Stroble, of 12 Division, is this year’s sponsored employee. He will be working alongside United Way employees and volunteers to bolster the 700 workplace campaigns happening throughout the city. 

The 16-week program benefits both United Way fundraising and is also is an opportunity for participants to develop skills in sales and customer service, teamwork and interpersonal, public speaking and leadership.

“I am proud to be part of this initiative and this is a great opportunity for me to see, first-hand, the full effect of the work that United Way does,” said Stroble, who joined the Service 26 years ago.

For the fourth-straight year, retired officer and artist Tim Packer returned to his former workplace to produce an original oil-on-canvas painting that will be raffled among Service members. The proceeds will go to the Service’s United Way campaign.

Packer spent 18 years with the service before leaving in 2000 to pursue art as a full-time career.

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Artist Tim Packer works on a painting he is donating to be raffled as part of the Toronto Police Unity Way fundraising campaign
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