ProAction Recognizes Mentors and Youth

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 3:21 p.m. February 1, 2021

Staff Inspector Sneep was community-minded and seized every opportunity to encourage young people to join the Toronto Police Service.

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Zena Obo and Raiyan Mohiadin were the Youth Award winners for their leadership in the Dixon Yoga program.

When he died, in 2006, ProAction Cops & Kids established an award bearing his name.

Const. Christopher Black is the latest winner of the award presented at ProAction Cops & Kids virtual awards ceremony.

“This award means a lot to me because it helps to bridge the gap between the community and the police,” said the officer who runs the 55 Division ProAction Hockey League established 11 years ago. 

Black was a Civilian with the Property Management Bureau for eight years before becoming a uniformed officer.

Neighbourhood Officers from 54 Division conduct a 10-week hockey school program, starting in October, before the start of the 15-week organized season.

For the second straight year, Const. Peter De Quintal was  the winner of the Jack Sinclair Award.

The avid Star Wars fan was recognized for his ‘Coding With Star Wars’ program.

“I wanted to create something innovative and current, but make it my own by incorporating my love of Star Wars,” said the 12 Division officer.

The program provides students with an outlet to shine outside of sports and clubs and learn coding,” said De Quintal.

Sinclair was one of ProAction’s founding Directors, serving from 1991 to 1999 and as Vice Chairman from 1994 to 1998. He chaired the Grants Committee from 1991 to 1999, reviewing and funding 334 projects.

Zena Obo and Raiyan Mohiadin were the Youth Award winners.

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Kindergartener Rosalia gets advice from Constable Peter De Quintal shows Kindergartener Rosalia how to properly fit her bicycle helmet

They are participants in the Dixon Yoga program started six years ago by Consts. Jen Siddhu and Ramandeep Sandhu.

The officers lead the free weekly drop-in classes for young girls from the Dixon community. Through the program, they have been able to break down cultural barriers and created a community of strong young female leaders

“I got into the program because I noticed it could help me now and in the future,” said Obo, who has been in the program from the inception.

The 15-year-old Grade 10 Kipling Collegiate Institute student is very complimentary of Sidhu.

“Officer Jen is a wonderful teacher and she is always there for us,” she said.

Mohiadin, 13, attends Turner Fenton High School.

“The program has allowed me to become more outgoing and interact with people,” she said. “I was very shy when I started, but now I am more comfortable and relaxed when I am around people and I am able to express myself more freely.”

Mohiadin said Sidhu is a role model for the program participants.

“She has given us so much opportunities,” the Grade Nine student added.

Sidhu said Obo and Mohiadin are deserving of the accolade.

“When they came into the program, they were very shy, timid and quiet,” the Toronto Police Media Relations Officer pointed out. “Now, they are the leaders and mentors for the other young girls in the program.”

Since its inception in 1991, ProAction Cops & Kids has become the largest private funder of Toronto Police programs for young people.

Toronto businessman John Bitove conceived the program idea after seeing the positive effect that police foot patrols had on enhancing police/community relations.

ProAction has reached over 420,000 young people through over 2,200 programs delivered in partnership with over 19,800 police officers across our four chapters.

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