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2014 Awards and Recognitions

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Officers and civilians stand in a row with an award

Chief Eric Jolliffe was honoured with a 2014 National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada Award for his contribution to humanities and public service to the community.  The award recognizes those who have made significant long-term contributions to the ethnic press and ethnic communities.

A Medal of Valor from the International Association of Women Police was presented to Constable Netashia McLellan after she, and two civilians, rescued a man when his plane crashed in a densely-wooded area shortly after takeoff. Gasoline was leaking from the aircraft, soaking the man and his rescuers, creating an extremely dangerous situation. Constable McLellan, and the residents assisting her, cut the male from his safety harness and carried him to an awaiting ambulance. The man received minor injuries.

The Intercultural Dialogue Institute GTA Public Heroes Award was given to Detective Constable Kolin Alexander for his passion, perseverance and commitment towards the creation of a welcoming and inclusive community for the citizens of York Region.

An honourable mention from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to York Regional Police for its commitment to multiculturalism, through the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. The goal of the strategy is to inspire positive relationship building through inclusive policing, guided by human rights principles, while supporting an organizational culture of respect through continued education to ensure equitable and accessible service delivery.