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Two Students Awarded $1000 Crime Stoppers Bursaries

This year’s Crime Stoppers William Robert Courtnage Community Service Bursary winners – Martin Bellamy (centre left) and Christine Raby (centre right) - both hail from McKinnon Park Secondary School (MPSS) and will each receive $1000 from Crime Stoppers to assist with their post-secondary educational studies. Pictured with the students are Crime Stoppers board member Don Wilson (left) and MPSS Student Crime Stoppers teacher liaison Steve Baxter (right). Baxter is shown holding the Crime Stoppers Bill Courtnage Memorial Service Award which was presented to him in April in recognition for his commitment to the MPSS Student Crime Stoppers program throughout 2009.

June 2, 2010, Simcoe, ON - Two area secondary school students have recently been awarded the 2009 / 2010 Crime Stoppers William Robert Courtnage Community Service Bursary. Ms. Christine Raby and Mr. Martin Bellamy, both of McKinnon Park Secondary School, were each selected to receive a $1000 bursary in recognition of the contributions that they have made in improving and developing the concept of Student Crime Stoppers in their respective schools.

“These bursaries are meant to re-enforce the importance of community service and recognize the positive actions of students who make a difference by getting involved in their local Student Crime Stoppers program,” said Gord Little, chairperson for Crime Stoppers of Haldimand, Norfolk and Tillsonburg. He added, “Volunteerism has far reaching effects and when students take the time to get involved in programs like Crime Stoppers at an early age, they build life long habits that can positively transform communities wherever they go in life.”

Each year students are asked, as part of the bursary application, to write an essay commenting on a different topic. When asked this  year to address Crime Stoppers and crime prevention, Bellamy states, “Students who are involved in Crime Stoppers learn the values of being a good citizen and getting involved in their community to prevent crime.” Raby comments, “By educating the community…Crime Stoppers effectively aides in crime prevention. Those who may be considering committing a felony will think twice about the act if they know that any witness is able to come forth anonymously to provide information…”

Originally introduced in the 1999-2000 school year, the bursary was created by Crime Stoppers of Haldimand, Norfolk and Tillsonburg to both honor the late William Courtnage and assist students in the continuation of their studies. The late William Courtnage enjoyed an exemplary career of community service and he passed away in January of 1999 while still serving on the Crime Stoppers board of directors. Graduating students from any of the eleven high schools in the program’s coverage area who participate in Student Crime Stoppers have an opportunity to qualify for one of two $1000 annual bursaries each year.

Crime Stoppers of Haldimand, Norfolk and Tillsonburg is a community based organization which provides people with an anonymous, confidential way to relay information to investigators without ever having to get involved as a witness. The program’s toll free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) line and online webtips (www.helpsolvecrime.com) are operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week and cash rewards are offered for information that leads to an arrest or charge. Student Crime Stoppers operates under the umbrella of this organization and encourages students to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously with information about crime occurring in their school or community.