April 3, 2017
Crime Stoppers of Halton Thanks Ontario Trillium Foundation for $14,800 Grant
March 31, 2017
Oakville – On Friday, Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn stopped by Halton Regional Police’s Oakville Division to meet with Crime Stoppers of Halton and learn more about its redesigned website. Thanks to a $14,800 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), made in 2015, Crime Stoppers was able to upgrade the site to better serve residents of the region. Joining MPP Flynn at the event was Mark Emmanuel, the Chair of the Halton-Peel Grant Review Team.
“Social media plays an important role in our everyday lives and it is a powerful and effective tool in engaging with a wider public. This is critical when working to ensure the ongoing safety of our community, keeping residents informed quickly and efficiently. Crime Stoppers of Halton is a valued community organization and I am pleased they received this Trillium grant to redesign their website to better serve our community.” – Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville
The new website (www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca) provides a more powerful platform to alert the public regarding crimes and safety concerns in the various communities throughout Halton Region, as well as flashing messages from social media accounts, including Twitter and Facebook. The site acknowledges various partners who provide support to Crime Stoppers of Halton and the local businesses and organizations that have contributed towards Crime Stoppers, helping it to promote ongoing efforts to combat crime.
“Crime Stoppers of Halton and our regional police services do outstanding work every day to help keep us safe. Our government understands the importance of their hard work and is supporting them so they have the tools they need to protect our communities. This grant will help make Halton Region an even safer place to live, work and play.” - Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington
The OTF grant enabled Crime Stoppers to build a vastly improved website that not only includes enhanced features to guarantee the security of tips but provides interactive technology to more effectively serve the diverse communities in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Georgetown and Acton.
“Crime Stoppers of Halton plays an important role in keeping people safe. Their contributions to our community are significant. I am proud that with this support from our government, Crime Stoppers of Halton will continue to do this great work.” – Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton
The website can securely take anonymous tips from people via the internet and allows for two-way communication without revealing in any way the identity of individuals providing information on unsolved crimes to Crime Stoppers of Halton.
“Without the generous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Crime Stoppers of Halton would not have been able to acquire the infrastructure to upgrade and enhance the website to this state-of-the-art point,” said Doug Maybee, Chair of Crime Stoppers of Halton. “We are making use of modern technology and the grant from OTF has allowed us to move light-years from where we were when the program first began in 1988.”
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca
(From left): Crime Stoppers Board Member Wally Trapler, Crime Stoppers Police Coordinator Jodi Richmond, Crime Stoppers Volunteer Jordan Dryden, MPP Kevin Flynn, Chair of OTF’s Halton-Peel Grant Review Team, Mark Emmanuel, Crime Stoppers Board Chair Doug Maybee, Crime Stoppers Board Member Bob Maich, Crime Stoppers Volunteer Kyle Thomas, Crime Stoppers Board Member Ron Van der Steen