WINNIPEG, MB: Today, at Lord Roberts School, in front of over 300 students and educators, George Van Mackelbergh, Vice President, Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) launched the 2017-2018 Cool 2Be Kind campaign. This is the 6th year of the anti-bullying-positive behaviour initiative.
WINNIPEG, MB – AUGUST 22, 2017: Community support units are being redeployed as the members of the Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) continue to grapple with rising crime in Winnipeg. This sustained pressure on frontline members continues trends seen last year and sustained throughout 2017, said WPA President Maurice (Moe) Sabourin.
WINNIPEG, MB - JULY 25, 2017: A 20 per-cent increase in the violent crime severity index in Winnipeg comes as no surprise to the members of the Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) as budget pressures restrict the amount of time members can spend on patrol, said WPA President, Maurice (Moe) Sabourin.
Following overwhelming ratification by its 1,900 members and approval today by Winnipeg City Council, a new five-year collective bargaining agreement is now in place for the members of the Winnipeg Police Association (WPA). This agreement provides for wages and benefits that recognize and reflect the unique and challenging job WPA members do every day to keep Winnipeg families safe, and presents a sustainable cost structure for the City of Winnipeg, as acknowledged today by the Mayor and members of City Council.
WINNIPEG,MB: Today,the TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad (MRFD) attracted 1,510 registered riders surpassing the old record of 1,437 set in 2014. Funds raised from today’s Ride will exceed $300,000. This brings the nine-year fundraising total to over $1.8M. Proceeds stay in Manitoba for prostate cancer research and education.
WINNIPEG, MB - MAY 12, 2017: As plans take shape to alter policies around the safe and secure management of intoxicated persons in Winnipeg’s downtown, the Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) wants to ensure any changes put public safety first and do not just focus on cutting costs, said Maurice (Moe) Sabourin, President, WPA.
WINNIPEG, MB - MAY 5, 2017 – Internal communications to Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) members show cuts to the training budget have reduced the ability for members serving in the WPS Specialized Investigation Division to attend a conference on missing and exploited children taking place right here in Winnipeg.
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WINNIPEG, MB: More than 1.2 million men in Canada have prostate cancer and 80 per cent of them don’t know it. Today, the Telus Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad (MRFD) launched its 9th annual fundraising and awareness campaign.
Did you know that Winnipeg is home to the longest running annual charity function of its kind in North America? It’s the Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) Charity Ball in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
“The Children’s Hospital Foundation has been one of the WPA’s favourite charities of choice for over 25 years,” said Maurice (Moe) Sabourin, President of the Winnipeg Police Association. “It’s an ingrained trait within police officers that you try to help the less fortunate and most vulnerable of society, and children are the most vulnerable. We feel it’s our community responsibility to be involved and provide money to the Children’s Hospital.”
The 93rd Annual Winnipeg Police Association Charity Ball takes place Saturday, April 29 at Canad Inns Polo Park. The ongoing commitment of the WPA to helping sick kids is deeply appreciated.
“For over 25 years, members of the Winnipeg Police Association have consistently supported the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba,” says Tanya Williams, Director of Communications, Children’s Hospital Foundation. “To date, the WPA has raised over half a million dollars and supported over 3 million visits to the hospital. They have helped save the lives of over 3 million children. It’s a remarkable accomplishment and we could not be more grateful.”
Gratitude is abundant during the Ball, which is a night of giving and fun.
“The evening is always a great time,” says Moe. “We get to hear from each year’s Champion Child, which is always a highlight. The kids share their story which gives the guests a real understanding of what Children’s Hospital is all about. We have a fabulous dinner and some dancing, as well as a performance by the Police Pipe Band. There’s a silent auction and a 50-50 with all of the proceeds going to Children’s Hospital. We really try to focus on the charity and encourage everyone to be generous, as their support affects children and their treatment.”
The Children’s Hospital touches a large portion of the population which makes it easy for the WPA to offer their support, but for some it’s even more personal.
“My child had a kidney removed when he was 18 months,” recalls Moe, “and the Children’s Hospital is very special to my heart. As Winnipeggers I think we are all generous when it comes to taking care of our communities. The citizens of Winnipeg are pretty amazing.
”Just as amazing is the WPA and their commitment to helping sick kids feel better.
To purchase tickets to this year’s Charity Ball, contact the WPA office at (204) 957-1579.