Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW) has once again earned provincial recognition, this time bringing home five awards from the 2018 Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers Conference (OACS) held in Hamilton, May 31-June 3.
The first award was Special Project for a Program with a Population Under 300,000. This was presented to CSGW for “It Takes A Village – Crimes Against Youth” which was held at Centre Wellington District High School in November 2017. The event, hosted by CSGW, tackled the topics of human trafficking and cyber safety, and included community partners such as Wellington County OPP, Guelph Police Service and Victim Services Wellington. This is the first time CSGW has received this award.
Online Excellence, was the next award, which incorporates social media awareness as well as website design and use. This category is open to all programs, regardless of size. CSGW is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and its website, www.csgw.tips. It is the second year in a row CSGW has received this award.
Best Radio Feature for a Program with a Population under 300,000 was the next honor. This award is shared with The Grand at 101 out of Fergus, and was a submission from Swap Talk with Rob Dutton and McKim Ecclestone featuring Program Coordinator Sarah Bowers-Peter. In this episode listeners were able to submit questions about Crime Stoppers. It is the third time in a row that CSGW has received this award.
The fourth award was presented for Best Video Feature for a Program with a Population Under 300,000 in conjunction with Cogeco – Your TV out of Fergus. Crime Stoppers was featured in a comprehensive two-part series of Parenting With Barbara with host Barbara Evoy.
Each of these awards was presented by Don Hawkins, President of OACS, during Friday’s awards ceremony.
For the third year in a row, CSGW received the Marla Moon Memorial Award of Excellence for a Program with a Population under 300,000. The winner of this award is the program that best demonstrates commitment to the Crime Stoppers mission through its basic responsibilities, such as taking and processing tips, and its efforts at community outreach and partnership.
This award was particularly special for CSGW as it was presented by Crime Stoppers founder Greg MacAleese during the Saturday evening Gala awards ceremony.
“This is exciting news for the Board of Directors,” said Program Coordinator Sarah Bowers-Peter. “It is uncommon for a program to win five awards, and we feel this is a testament to the desire we have to ensure the residents of the City of Guelph and County of Wellington have one of the best Crime Stoppers programs in Ontario. We couldn’t have these successes without the support of our police and investigative partners, local media, and of course, the public who support our fundraisers and provide us with tips.”