Monthly E-News – February 2020

Get a Behind the Scenes Look at the Calgary Police Service at the Chief Youth Courage Awards Gala!

Do you want a chance to meet members of the Calgary Police Service and show your appreciation for all that they do to keep us safe?  Have you ever wanted a behind the scenes look at what goes on? Now is your chance!

Join us at the 2020 Chief Youth Courage Awards Gala on April 29th at the Telus Convention Centre where we will be joined by units such as Canine, Tactical, Cyber Crimes, VAST (Victim Assistance Support Team), Mounted, and more. As a Gala guest you will have a chance to meet the units, ask questions, and take photographs. This is one opportunity you won’t want to miss!

If that is not enough, the Gala will also feature a gourmet dinner, silent and live auction, inspiring guest speakers, live entertainment including country music star George Canyon, and a special awards program where we will honour local philanthropist Dick Haskayne along with six deserving children and youth from the prevention, education and early intervention Programs funded by the Calgary Police Foundation.  

To get in on this great occasion, don’t delay! Purchase your tickets today at: http://www.CYCAGala.ca


Join us at the Human Condition Spring Comedy Tour!

Need a few laughs and want to support the Calgary Police Foundation? Join us on March 19th at Scotman’s Well Pub for the Human Condition Spring Comedy Tour.

Tickets are only $20 each and proceeds from the Calgary leg of the tour benefit the Calgary Police Foundation! Get your tickets on Eventbrite at: https://bit.ly/2Ozc63a.

“We wanted to put on a tour that represents human connection amongst anything. Regardless of our differences, it’s always beautiful to be able to find a common cause that brings everyone together.” – Tour Organizers


Join – Promising Futures – the Calgary Police Foundation’s Monthly Giving Program!

By becoming a Promising Futures donor, you are joining other thoughtful Calgarians who want to build a city where families can thrive, and all children can reach their full potential.

With your monthly gift, we are able to continue to fund six unique and customized programs that offer children and youth most in need with education, prevention, early intervention and risk reduction resources in conjunction with the Calgary Police Service.

The Promising Futures program is completely customizable and any monthly contribution, no matter the size, has the ability to provide our city’s youth with the opportunity to succeed. This helps us create a safer, healthier community for everyone.

Hear from a few of our monthly donors about why they choose Promising Futures for their monthly giving:

“I choose to be a Promising Futures monthly donor to support youth in the funded programs at Calgary Police Foundation because it is a convenient way for me to give.  For what financially equals coffee at Starbucks I can support youth in Calgary who are vulnerable to victimization and crime. And how great is that!”

– Barbara Pohl, Senior Director, Community Engagement,Calgary Police Foundation

“I provide a recurring donation through Promising Futures – the Calgary Police Foundation’s monthly giving program to support a cause I am passionate about, providing vulnerable and at-risk youth with support programs to help them navigate their world and stay safe from crime and victimisation. A small monthly gift leads to a larger gift over time and I’m in this for the long term as children are our future and we need to give them every chance to be the best they can be.”

– Susan Cron, Executive Director of the Calgary Police Foundation

To sign up, visit our website!


2020 Canine Calendar Wrap Up

Our 2020 Calgary Police Service Canine Calendar campaign has finally come to an end, and thanks to all of our wonderful supporters – supporters like YOU – we have officially SOLD OUT!

This year, our calendars traveled far and wide, with purchases across Canada and to 10 other countries around the world. Through our supporters, thousands of homes now proudly display their 2020 Canine Calendar; showcasing the Calgary Police Service Canine Unit and our Calgary Police Foundation funded programs.

The funds raised and the awareness this campaign brings is critical and ensures that our Programs can continue to provide essential, wrap-around support to our city’s most vulnerable children and youth, while providing the opportunity for continuous growth so that we can reach even more in the future. And we could not do it without you!

So, thank you to everyone who purchased a calendar – You are the reason the 2020 CPS Canine Calendar campaign was such a success!

And don’t forget – the 2021 Canine Calendar will be launched this year on Oct 5th. Save The Date!


We are very pleased to announce that Corus Entertainment will be our exclusive media partner for 2020!  

They will be helping us spread the word about some of the great events we have coming up in 2020 such as the Chief Youth Courage Awards Gala, our Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Day at the YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, Boston Pizza Badge Day, and the 2021 Canine Calendar Campaign.

So, be sure to tune in for all of your CPF event and campaign updates! Thank you, Corus Entertainment for supporting Calgary’s children and youth at risk of crime and victimization.


January Reader Poll Results!

Last month, we asked our readers which program they would like to learn more about. Based on your replies, the Integrated School Support Program (ISSP) was your #1 choice!

ISSP is one of the many comprehensive programs funded by the Calgary Police Foundation. Implementing wrap-around services for two historically underperforming elementary schools in NE Calgary, this program aims to improve the academic performance and social, emotional, and physical well-being of participants.

ISSP operates on a five-pillar system of nutrition, fitness, learning, mental health and socio-economic well-being, and a strong and safe community. Based on these five pillars, children in the ISSP program have access to a breakfast club and hot lunch program, daily physical education, an in-school psychologist, after school programs, and mentorship provided by members of the Calgary Police Service to help them achieve success.

Within a school environment, there are many ways we can measure success and while ISSP does not collect academic information until June 2020, anecdotally the principal at Patrick Airlie has indicated that over time the report card indicators for students reading “at or above grade level” dramatically improve.

For example, this year in grade 5 they have 95% of students who fall into that category; when those same students were in grade 3 only half of them met that objective. The rate of improvement, which can in part be attributed to ISSP, is what is more significant than you might see in a less complex elementary school.

This is just one example of how the services provided by the Integrated School Support Program help create an environment in which our students can thrive. To learn more about the ISSP program and how you can help, visit our website at http://www.CalgaryPoliceFoundation.ca.


Youth Views

Led by the Calgary Police Foundation, a newly formed group of Calgary youth have found a place to share their views on what matters most to young people in Calgary. Responding to a call for volunteers, five former CPS Cadets recently met with CPF and CPS representatives to discuss strategy to inform and educate decision-makers on youth issues of today as it pertains to crime and victimisation.

We hope that as the group grows, we can continue to share with you our readers “Youth Views” in every CPF E-News. Following our first meeting in February we asked the youth a few questions. Take a look at what one of the responders had to say!

The Calgary Police Service Cadet Corps Program helped me to…

become someone who I am proud of. As a former cadet, the program was more than just a place to make friends and have fun. When I reflect on the skills that I’ve held onto and the lessons that I learned through perseverance, these experiences have changed the way I think and feel about who I am and where I have the potential to go. It has also helped me to continuously hold myself to the same high yet achievable professional standards that the program’s coordinators and civilian instructors expected from me.

To stay safe from crime and victimisation in Calgary, I think all children and youth need…

to develop strong support systems, which act as protective factors against criminogenic tendencies. Whether it be a lack of friends at school, or emotionally unavailable parents, there are several factors that set the stage for weak social bonds and increase the likelihood of youth forming stronger delinquent bonds.

If I were to meet the funders of the CPS Cadet Corps Program today I would say…

If one’s risk of engaging in crime is influenced strongly by the experiences, behaviours, and attitudes of others, than there should be a heightened need to ensure that youth are exposed to positive influences and interactions through programs like the Cadet Corps.


Need a new simple Will or an update to an existing Will? We can help!

The Canadian Free Wills Network allows the Calgary Police Foundation to offer you a Will writing service free of charge and participating lawyers from across the province will work with you directly to ensure your wishes are carried out exactly as intended.

While you are under no obligation to do so, this is a perfect time to consider leaving a legacy gift to the Calgary Police Foundation. Legacy gifts allow us to continue to carry out our crucial work in the Calgary community and you are able to have a lasting impact on the lives of at-risk children and youth.

If you are interested in receiving more information about the Canadian Free Wills Network and the free Will service, you can contact us at CPF@CalgaryPolice.ca.


SAVE THE DATE!

With so many great events and campaigns coming up, we want to make sure you don’t miss a thing! Check out our event listings below and be sure to mark your calendars!

Want more information on how you can get involved? Interested in volunteering or donating? Contact us at CPF@CalgaryPolice.ca!

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