The Volunteers of the Beaver Bank Community Policing Office celebrated 10 years of serving the community of Beaver Bank on Sat Nov 5, 2005. There were approximately 125 people in attendance. Cst. Curt Wentzell, Community Policing Coordinator, welcomed everyone. The National Anthem was followed by a prayer given by RCMP Deacon Bob Landry.
Cst. Wentzell calculated the value
in dollars spent in volunteering, for the 10 years this office has been
operating, to approximately
$300,000. He also mentioned that a
former volunteer with the office is now an RCMP officer in Penticton, BC. Beaver
Bank Community Policing
Volunteer Assoc. Chair, Rae
Marlborough, spoke on behalf of the volunteers. Guest speakers Inspector Phonse
MacNeil and C/Superintendent Tom Bennett brought greetings and Congratulations
from their superiors.
were presented to all the volunteers and two plaques were presented to the
office, one from the RCMP, and the other from HRM Councillor Krista Snow, on
behalf of HRM Council. Other RCMP related groups were presented with tokens of
appreciation. The office volunteers received a beautiful flower arrangement from
Cheryl Leadlay and Marina Johnson of the Beaver Bank Children’s Learning
Centre with their Congratulations.
cutting ceremony was held, followed by group photos of past and present
Volunteers and the RCMP members
in attendance. Display booths included – City/Neighbourhood Watch; Seniors
Registry; Drug Awareness; D.A.R.E.; Stetsons & Spurs; Citizens on Patrol;
Face Painting and Finger Printing. Children
received balloons, loot bags and were entertained by Safety Bear. Refreshments
of coffee, tea, Tim bits (donated by T. Scott Enterprises), vegetable, fruit,
& nibbler trays and cake were enjoyed by all.
very honoured to have the first and last Beaver Bank Community Policing Officers
attend our Anniversary celebration. Cst. John Bickerton, who opened the office
in 1995 and was here until 1997, travelled all the way from Gambo, NL to join
us. We were also happy to see Cst. Tom MacLeod, our last Community Policing
Officer in Beaver Bank serving from 2001 – 2003 before
the RCMP intergraded with HRM Police.