FOR RELEASE — JAN 22, 2018
Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW) is recognizing a Town of Minto business and highlighting one of their employees for outstanding support of the program.
Wightman TV, based out of Clifford, and Local Content TV Producer Adam Olivero were named as Cornerstone winners for 2017.
“Crime Stoppers is built on a partnership that includes media,” said Sarah Bowers-Peter, Program Coordinator for CSGW. “Wightman TV has been a shining example of a media resource that many programs wish they could have. We are very fortunate to have the support of Wightman TV, and the enthusiasm of Adam Olivero.”
Wightman TV offered significant support of CSGW starting in 2014 when the monthly “What’s Happening in Mount Forest” segments led to Olivero and Bowers-Peter developing a dedicated Crime Stoppers broadcast. Local crimes were featured by region in the Wightman TV and CSGW area. This resulted in coverage of the Wellington North flag raising for Crime Stoppers month in January 2015 and a subsequent Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers award for CSGW and Wightman TV. The winning ways continued with recognition for CSGW and Wightman TV from Crime Stoppers International in 2017. This honor was awarded for the broadcast from February 2016 where CSGW spoke with local community leaders about victimization, entitled There Is No Victimless Crime.
While the awards are significant, this is not the sole reason behind the decision, according to Bowers-Peter. Wightman TV was keen to join in on the recent Human Trafficking awareness event It Takes A Village, and will be developing a number of episodes for the Community Channel 6 as a result.
“The Board of Directors feels that when it comes to reaching out to some of the central and northern communities of Wellington County, Wightman TV is ready to help.” She said. “Awareness is a large part of what makes Crime Stoppers work, and we recognize the role Wightman TV plays in this.”
Olivero sees the partnership continuing for years to come.
“Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington has always been a joy to work with,” said Olivero. “I feel that our shows on Wightman Community TV help make our viewers aware of the Crime Stoppers program and the types of crime to watch out for in their community. I am very proud to receive the Cornerstone Award for 2017 and look forward to continuing our partnership with Sarah and the Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington program.”
The award enforces Wightman’s commitment to the community, according to Hope Reidt, Manager of Marketing for Wightman.
“Two of Wightman’s values are Community Partnership and Safety, and our work with Crime Stoppers is one way we live these values. Wightman is proud to support Crime Stoppers through our ongoing coverage on Wightman Community TV, and we will continue to highlight the great work that Crime Stoppers does,” she said.
The Cornerstone Award is presented to an individual, business or community group that demonstrates outstanding contributions to the CSGW program. It is awarded annually in January during Crime Stoppers Month.