Record Fundraises for Alzheimer Support

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 12:12 p.m. November 2, 2020

Communications Services members banded together once again to help some of the most vulnerable people they serve.

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A Communications Operator dispatches calls for service

To mark World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, Toronto Police Communications members have been fundraising to support the Alzheimer Society of Toronto (AST).

This year, they raised a record $10,000. 

For the last 14 years, Communications have held a ‘Coffee Break’ program to raise funds for AST that provides support, information, programs and education to people with dementia, their families and their caregivers.

“Due to COVID-19 restrictions in place, the amazing unit came together to prove once again just how important they are to the Toronto Police Service and also the community,” said Sherri MacIver. “Past, present and retired Communications members as well as the Toronto Police Association and the Senior Officers Organization demonstrated much kindness and generosity to help us raise this record sum in just over a week.”

In response to a growing number of “missing elderlies” calls, Communications Operators Elizabeth Murphy and Donna Remy, who retired in 2018, started the annual fundraiser in 2006.

Deputy Chief Peter Yuen joined S/Supt. Randy Carter and Supt. Hugh Ferguson made the raffle draw which was part of the fundraiser.

Yuen praised the Communication team for supporting AST.

“Mental health and mental awareness is each and everyone’s responsibility,” he said. “Not only are they looking after themselves but they are taking the time to look after others that are in need. I want to thank them for doing what they do each and every day.”

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