Service Women Support Global Effort

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 9:56 a.m. April 13, 2015

An Internal Support Network recently made a contribution to a global effort to break the cycle of poverty and gender discrimination.

Nine women, one in uniform, presenting a cheque to representative from Plan.
Inspector Suzzane Walsh, Inspector Shawna Coxon, Dee Ramadial, Sarah Muir of PLAN, Urmilla Persaud, Detecttive Constable Melissa Elaschuk (Front row R-L) May Mah, Court Officer Nicole Mangos and Staff Sergeant Kim O'Toole (Back row R-L), present a cheque.

The Toronto Police Service Women Internal Support Network (W-ISN) presented Plan Canada –the organization behind Because I am a Girl, a global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls, with a $1,000 cheque recently at headquarters.

The money was raised from the sale of samosas, Mother’s Day flowers and a $250 donation made by civilian member May Mak through handmade jewelry sales.

“This is definitely awesome,” said Plan Canada Community Engagement Team member Sarah Muir, who accepted the cheque from Inspector Suzanne Walsh. “The Toronto Police has been a supporter over the past three years and we are very grateful for this contribution. Every penny counts.”

Founded in 1937, Plan Canada is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty.

“We are in 70 countries around the world and donations go to providing children, families and communities the tools they need to break the vicious cycle of poverty,” said Muir.

As part of the cheque presentation ceremony, W-ISN senior advisor Staff Superintendent Jane Wilcox, who recently retired, was presented with a gift.

“We wanted to thank her for her continued support and guidance to this group over the years,” said Walsh. “We wish her good health and happiness in this new phase of her life.”

Walsh also thanked outgoing civilian chair Krista Jackson and co-chair Constable Melissa Elaschuk for their leadership and hard work over the last two years.

The W-ISN’s annual general meeting takes place on April 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at headquarters.

Open to all Service members, the organization has advisory committee positions openings.

Interested members can send an e-mail to

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