ORILLIA – Today, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) launched its new 2019 Canine Unit Calendar at an event at General Headquarters. The event included 20 second- and third-graders from Monsignor Lee Catholic School, who were able to meet two OPP canines, one of whom is featured in this year’s calendar.
This is the second annual OPP Canine Unit Calendar, which is created to generate charitable donations to the OPP Youth Foundation and the Friends of the OPP Museum. As part of today’s event, the OPP Canine Unit presented two cheques, one to each of the two charities for $14,200. All of the donated funds, a total of $28,400, were raised from the sales of the 2018 Canine Unit Calendar.
The 2019 Canine Calendar is now available, and makes a great gift for the holidays. Each calendar costs $10, with all proceeds going to the OPP Youth Foundation and the Friends of the OPP Museum. Calendars can be purchased at the OPP Off Duty Shop (777 Memorial Avenue, Orillia) or online.
“It’s important to understand our past in order to have a good sense of what we want for our future. The annual OPP Canine Unit Calendar raises money to support the history of policing in the communities of Ontario, while also supporting the leaders of tomorrow by investing in the development of our youth. We thank all those who purchase our 2019 Canine Calendar, and appreciate your support of Ontario heritage and youth.”
– OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad BLAIR, Traffic Safety and Operational Support
“On behalf of the board of directors of the OPP Youth Foundation, I’d like to thank the OPP family, the Canine Unit and all who bought calendars last year and hopefully, will buy again this year. Funds from calendar sales allow the OPP Youth Foundation to help young people do things that any child should be able to do: play sports, go on a school trip, take music lessons and more. It’s all about OPP members helping the youth of Ontario.”
– Kevin LEHMAN, Administrator, OPP Youth Foundation
“There is no better way to celebrate our tenth anniversary of the Friends of the OPP Museum than partnering with other unique charities like the OPP Youth Foundation. Fundraising events like these provide a stable annual fundraiser that supports our work preserving and celebrating OPP history, including the stories of these amazing dogs and their handlers.”
– Dave OSBORNE, Member of the Board of Directors, Friends of the OPP Museum
ABOUT THE CHARITIES
The OPP Youth Foundation provides funds to disadvantaged youth throughout the province of Ontario, and the Friends of the OPP Museum is a volunteer-based charitable organization that supports, promotes and assists in the preservation of the history of the OPP. For more information, visit oppyouthfoundation.ca and oppmuseumfriends.ca.
ABOUT THE CANINE UNIT
The OPP Canine unit was formed in 1965, at which time only three teams were trained to provide support services to all of the OPP and other law enforcement agencies across the province. There are currently 27 teams, each team consisting of a dog and a handler. There are also an additional 16 dogs trained for specific detection duties.
Each team is stationed at strategic points throughout the province, providing canine support for search and rescue, tracking wanted persons, detecting narcotics, searching for cadavers, as well as firearms, explosives and physical evidence. Canine teams are also involved in community service work, fundraising, and public demonstrations.