Service Members Invest in United Way

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 1:04 p.m. December 11, 2017

Toronto Police Service members gave generously, contributing $376,000 to this year’s United Way Toronto & York Region campaign in the spirit of the holidays.

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Unveiling the $376,000 raised for United Way are: Toronto Police Association Director Ed Costa, Superintendent Reuben Stroble, United Way CEO Daniele Zanotti, Chief Mark Saunders and Superintendent Scott Gilbert

Toronto Police Service members gave generously, contributing $376,000 to this year’s  United Way Toronto & York Region campaign in the spirit of the holidays.

Chief Mark Saunders led the ceremony at headquarters on December 11.

“When it comes to community safety and quality of life, there is no better organization that understands that,” he said. “We know as a policing agency that the solution is not always apprehension. We know about the opportunity for recovery, training and, most importantly, giving and what that means. That is why we support and work with United Way.”

Superintendent Scott Gilbert of 52 Division donated $500 to the campaign on behalf of the Senior Officers Organization.

“I saw the impact of United Way before joining the Toronto Police Service 38 years ago, working with the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club,” he said, of United Way that continues to fund girls and boys clubs throughout the city.

United Way President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Zanotti thanked Service members for their generous contribution to the campaign.

“Thank you for caring for this city,” he said.

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Members of the United Way fundraising team who volunteered to make the campaign a success

Zanotti said he was impressed by where and how officers work.

“When I visited United Way-funded Dorset Park in Scarborough, where there was a food bank and a seniors program, there was a police officer sitting with newcomers, talking about integration into Canada,” he said. “When I visited St. Stephen’s in Kensington Market, in the middle of a youth group was a Toronto Police officer talking to young people about risks. When I visited United Way-funded The 519, in their peer-support group were two police officers in that neighborhood talking to people… I am inspired by not only where you give but, more importantly, where and how you work in the community with the community because we know that for every dollar we invest, any preventative work saves us $9 in legal, health, education and social assistance down the road.”

Superintendent Reuben Stroble, the 2017 Toronto United Way campaign chair, thanked the volunteers and donors.


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