Patrol Sergeants Nick Paulet, Nicole Sabourin-Friesen and Kirk Van Alstyne and Staff Sergeant Bud Guest protect their community as members of Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Police Service. But their contributions to society go beyond law enforcement.
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg recognize that police officers have a life in the community apart from their duties. So at their annual “Top Cop” gala, the Kiwanians club recognize four nominees for “exemplary community service through volunteering in the community.”
This past year, the nominees were:
Patrol Sergeant Nick Paulet works with the Winnipeg Police Half Marathon, which over the past 10 years has raised nearly CAD$1 million for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Staff Sergeant Bud Guest volunteers as director of the Winnipeg Police Service Community Challenge Golf Tournament, which raises scholarship funds.
Patrol Sergeant Nicole Sabourin-Friesen gives her time to the Panther Gymnastics Club as well as inner-city schools, the Siloam Mission (a homeless shelter) and United Way.
Patrol Sergeant Kirk Van Alstyne co-chairs the annual Manitoba Chapter Motorcycle Ride for Dad, an event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for prostate cancer research and education.
"This is our way of acknowledging the efforts of our police officers both on duty and off," says gala Co-chairman Bruce Berven.
The March 2014 issue of Kiwanis magazine will include more details about the gala and reveal the Winnipeg Kiwanis Club’s 2013 “Top Cop.” —Karen Pyle Trent