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.

Awards 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.

A cake 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.

We were 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.

We would like to thank everyone who came to help us celebrate and also a special Thank You to the Planning Committee who worked very hard to make this Anniversary all come together.