May 25, 2006
NEW AWARD NAMED IN HONOUR OF REV. HARRY LEHOTSKY
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Winners of 2006 Attorney General Safer Communities and Excellence in Law Enforcement Award Congratulated
Significant and dedicated community activism, advocacy and
leadership will be recognized with an award named after a man who has
personified those traits in Winnipeg’s West End.
The Rev. Harry Lehotsky Award for Community Activism will
officially be created this evening at the presentation of the Attorney General
Safer Communities Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations
that have made outstanding contributions to crime prevention in Manitoba. Police
officers who have distinguished themselves in the performance of their duties
and in their communities will be presented with Excellence in Law Enforcement
“I extend my congratulations to all and consider it my honour
to acknowledge and thank everyone who was nominated this year,” said Attorney
General Gord Mackintosh. “Each of us can play a significant role in preventing
crime and tonight’s honourees have certainly done their part. Next year, they
will be joined by the first recipient of the Rev. Harry Lehotsky Award for
Nominees for the new award will be individuals whose
consistent and sustained activism over time has resulted in practical and
tangible community improvements. They will live in the area they serve and their
efforts must not be solely sustained by government funding. The award is valued
at $2,000, to be donated to a registered safety-related charity of the
The Attorney General Safer Communities Awards celebrate the
extraordinary efforts of groups and individuals in making Manitoba a safer
place. Safer Communities Awards are made in several categories that may have
both a rural and an urban recipient. More than one award may be given out in any
The 2006 recipients are:
- Individual (under 18): Samantha Gladue, Broadway Neighbourhoods Centre
- Individual (18 and over): Amanda LeDrew, Thompson Boys and Girls Club
- Community Based Initiative
- Rural: START Program (Selkirk Team for At-Risk Teens)
- Urban: Ndinawe Outreach Team
- Honourable mentions: Brandon Community Drug and Alcohol
Education Coalition and the CHOICES Youth Program in Winnipeg
- Community Justice: Julie DerochieRoberts
- Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP)
- Group: Thompson COPP
- Individual: Tim Maluk, Sandy Lake
This year, Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards will be
Const. Dallas J. Lockhart, Brandon Police Service
Const. Francis Gerald Paddock, Brandon Police Service
Chief Jack Ewatski, Winnipeg Police Service
Supt. Gordon Schumacher, Winnipeg Police Service
Sgt. John Burchill, Winnipeg Police Service
Sgt. Ron Johansson, Winnipeg Police Service
RCMP auxiliary constables receiving recognition are:
Mervin Koscielny, Rossburn Detachment
John Lavich, Spruce Plain/Carberry Detachment
The Government of Canada’s National Crime Prevention Strategy
Award will be presented to the North End Women’s Centre for Peace Begins at
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The Rev. Harry Lehotsky Award
Named in honour of Reverend Harry Lehotsky, the award recognizes an
individual’s efforts to strengthen the community through efforts that directly
or indirectly contribute to public safety. Recipients will be nominated by the
A nominee’s activities must lead to positive outcomes for public safety at
either the neighbourhood or larger community level. The nominee must:
- demonstrate activism which transcends verbal and political advocacy and
results in practical and tangible community improvements,
- sustain proven and consistent activism over time,
- live in the area in which he or she is an activist, and
- not be solely sustained by government funding.
A nominee may pursue activism through either volunteerism or a paid position.
Nominees may come from any community or neighbourhood in Manitoba. Recipients
will be selected by committee and the province will make a donation to the
registered safety-related charity of their choice.
2006 Attorney General Safer Communities Awards
- Samantha Gladue has been involved in the youth programs at the Broadway
Neighbourhood Centre since 1998. Her involvement has grown from active
participation to assisting with such programs as Lighthouses, the Pow Wow Club
and the archery club.
- Amanda LeDrew has been assisting crime prevention activities in her
community and working with young solvent and substance abusers since 2001. She
developed and co-ordinated suitable and effective programming to fit the needs
of these children. In 2003, she joined the Thompson Boys and Girls Club and is
now the co-ordinator of the Thompson Lighthouses youth program.
- The Selkirk Team for At-risk Teens (START) program’s main objectives are
to identify, plan for, intervene and assist at-risk youth in becoming
productive members of the community. Started in 2002, it works with youth aged
12 to 17 years. The program’s community partners are the Lord Selkirk School
Division, RCMP, child and family services, Probation Services, Interlake
Regional Health Authority, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Service Canada,
City of Selkirk, Selkirk Friendship Centre and the RM of St. Clements.
- The Ndinawe Outreach Team began in April of 2003. Working late at night
and early into the morning, it offers direct supports and referrals for help
to youth. The team works with many organizations including the Winnipeg Police
Service, B & L Youth Services, Sage House, Resource Assistance for Youth,
MaMawi, North End Community Resource Centre and the Indian Family Centre.
- Julie DerochieRoberts has been a member of the St. John’s Youth Justice
Council since September 2001. She contacts young people who have offended to
set up appointments, interview them with their parents/guardians, monitor them
as they follow through with restitution or other forms of disposition, and
contacts victims for statements.
- The Thompson Citizens on Patrol has been active in the community for over
10 years. In addition to regular patrols, they have assisted with searches for
missing persons and provided support services to Thompson Fire and Emergency
Services during emergencies.
- Tim Maluk was actively involved in establishing the Sand Lake and
perimeter area Citizens on Patrol Program in 1998. Tim co-ordinates a group of
40 active patrollers throughout the Sandy Lake area.
Excellence in Law Enforcement Award Recipient Background
- Const. Dallas Lockhart, Brandon Police Service, was the assisting
investigator in the Erin Chorney matter. Chorney disappeared in 2002. In 2004,
the investigative team solved the crime, charging her ex-boyfriend with murder
and recovering her remains. Lockheart’s work is a credit to the Brandon Police
Service and helped provide closure for Chorney’s family and the community.
- Const. Francis Gerald Paddock has made many significant contributions to
the Brandon Police Service and the community over his 36-year career. A
dedicated street cop, he provides advice and leadership to his fellow
officers, especially in times of crisis.
- Chief Jack Ewatski has been chief of the Winnipeg Police Service since
1998. He is also the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
and the chair of the Canadian Police College Advisory Board. He is an
enthusiastic leader, dedicated to representing police interests at the highest
levels and pursuing professional development standards for officers.
- Supt. Gord Schumacher has been with the Winnipeg Police Service for 26
years. Currently in charge of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, he is also a
lawyer and university professor. He was a substantial contributor to the
development of Canada’s national security legislation and has been
instrumental in the creation of the national strategy on cross-border
- Sgt. John Burchill has been a member of the Winnipeg Police Service since
1987. He currently works in the Criminal Investigations Branch. He has worked
on a number of high-profile investigations including the reinvestigation of
the murder of Barbara Stoppel that eventually led to the exoneration of Thomas
- Sgt. Ron Johansson has been with the Winnipeg Police Service for 25 years.
He is currently with the Aboriginal and Diversity Unit and is dedicated to
ensuring police agencies across the country understand the needs of Canada’s
ethnic communities. He was instrumental in the creation and development of the
Law Enforcement Aboriginal and Diversity Network (LEAD).
- Auxiliary Const. Mervin Koscielny has been volunteering with the Rossburn
RCMP detachment since April 1996. Over the years, he has been involved in a
number of interesting matters including an incident where he performed CPR on
a young child. He is employed as a resource co-ordinator for the Rossburn and
District Senior Services.
- Auxiliary Const. John Lavich is a self-employed contractor who has
volunteered with the Spruce Plain/Carberry RCMP detachment as an auxiliary
constable for the last 10 years. He is extremely active in his community.
National Crime Prevention Strategy Award
- The North End Women’s Centre Peace Begins at Home project, funded by the
Community Mobilization Program, provides families of gang members with
supports and skills to prevent, detect and intervene so that children
affiliated with gangs are better able to get their needs met outside of gang
culture. The centre has been a part of the community for more than 20 years,
helping women break cycles of poverty, isolation, violence and dependency to
gain control over their lives and achieve independence.