newly-elected President of the Block Parent® Program of Winnipeg,
Inc. I am excited to join the Board as we strive to engage the public
in the area of community safety. I have been a Block Parent® volunteer
for 25 years, a School Chairperson for 8 years, a volunteer with several
non-profit organizations throughout my life, and a volunteer with the
Neighbourhood Watch program for 20 years. I take community safety very
seriously, as do most Winnipeggers.
Over the last few months, I have had the pleasure of volunteering at
a few of our Block Parent® information tables: the Teddy Bear's
Picnic at Assiniboine Park, Champlain School on Church Avenue, École
Julie-Riel School in south Winnipeg, and the West Broadway Community
Centre. The recurring question is always, "Are Block Parents still
around?" I answer with a resounding, "We sure are." Today's
Block Parent® Program has the participation of over 1,000 families
in over 180 elementary schools throughout the city of Winnipeg.
Since 1975, the program's goal has been to ensure 'safe homes with safe
strangers'. To that end, every adult in a Block Parent® home is
background-checked by the Winnipeg Police Service and a Child Abuse
Registry check every two years, at no cost to the volunteers. Although
the Program focuses on the safety of children, there are also incidents
on record of Block Parents assisting teens and seniors.
People may believe that if they can't post a Block Parent® sign
all day long, there's no use joining. However, the point is to offer
assistance whenever you are able. Even though our own three children
are grown, I still post the Block Parent® sign in the window when
we are home. And you don't have to have children to join. Many volunteers
simply feel strongly about community safety. They dedicate their time
as the eyes and ears of our neighbourhoods.
If you are interested in becoming a Block Parent®, please call 204-284-7562.
Volunteer and general safety information is available at www.winnipegblockparents.mb.ca,
and by visiting our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Block-Parent-Program-of-Winnipeg.
I wish to offer many thanks to George Jarvis, for his volunteering as
the President of Block Parent® Program of Winnipeg, Inc. for the
past 18 years. Have no fear - George is still very involved with the
Program in other capacities. After all, volunteers never really stop
- they simply find other ways to help. I encourage all homeowners to
participate in the Block Parent® Program - one of the few jobs you
can do from your couch!
President, Block Parents Program of Winnipeg