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December 21, 2006 18:00 ET

Community Organizations Pay Tribute to Ottawa Police Chief Vince Bevan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 21, 2006) - Community organizations across Ottawa gathered at Scotiabank Place this evening to honor Ottawa's chief of police, Vince Bevan. Called Tribute to the Chief, this event was an opportunity to recognize his contributions to Ottawa and the role he has played in building a strong, healthy and safe community before he retires in the spring of 2007.

"Tonight is about paying tribute to a leader who truly understands what community means," said Dave Ready, president of the Ottawa Senators Foundation. "Chief Bevan gives generously of his time as he strives to make a measurable difference in the lives of others. It is an honour to be a part of this special evening."

During the evening, Michael Allen, president of United Way/Centraide Ottawa, spoke about Chief Bevan's commitment to Ottawa. "In his role as chief of police, Vince has a unique lens on this community. As the chair of this year's United Way Ottawa campaign, he provided remarkable leadership to our volunteers and staff, bringing in more than $27.2 million that will be reinvested in this community to help those who are less fortunate."

Since moving to Ottawa in 1998 from the Niagara region, Bevan has been a fixture at community events and actively involved with several community organizations. In addition to his Ottawa Police Service and United Way/Centraide commitments, Bevan is the past-chair of fundraising events for Citizen Advocacy and the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region, he is involved with Interfaith Ottawa, and he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Panel for Community Safety.

Bevan is also deeply committed to children and youth. He is a board member of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, a keen supporter of Success by 6, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa and the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa.

"In his commitment to children and youth in Ottawa, Vince has gone above and beyond the call of duty," said Scott Bradford, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa. "His dedication to the Boys & Girls Club and the Police Youth Centre Clubhouse demonstrates his belief in investing in children and youth. This belief not only impacts the young people of today, but for generations to come. Healthy, involved young people become healthy, involved adults - and that positive cycle will continue. The chief's work will have an impact for generations."

Several community partners were responsible for organizing the Tribute to the Chief evening: the Ottawa Senators Foundation, United Way/Centraide Ottawa, the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Police Service, the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa and Interfaith Ottawa. The presenting sponsors were TELUS and Scotiabank, while the Ottawa Citizen and Allegra Printing provided in-kind contributions..

"In the many community-based meetings that I have attended with Vince over the years, he always has a special perspective to offer on what being involved in the community really means," noted Janet Yale, executive vice-president, TELUS. "I want to sincerely thank the chief for his leadership, support and commitment to this community."

Echoing Yale's remarks was Dennis Jackson, district vice-president, Scotiabank: "It's been a pleasure for Scotiabank to be a part of this special evening. Chief Bevan has done a lot over the years to make our community stronger, healthier and safer."

The total amount raised from the Tribute to the Chief evening was $35,000, and it will be divided between three organizations: $10,000, which will be donated to United Way/Centraide Ottawa through the Ottawa Senators Foundation, will be used to set up a Vince Bevan Scholarship at the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa; $10,000 will go towards setting up a Vince Bevan scholarship at Algonquin College's Police Foundations Program; and a $10,000 gift from TELUS and a $5,000 gift from Scotiabank will be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank in Bevan's name.

Contact Information

  • Kate McCloskey, United Way/Centraide Ottawa, 613-324-7264
    Brian Morris, Scotiabank Place, 613-599-0289