Ottawa Senators Foundation

Ottawa Senators Foundation

October 08, 2010 13:39 ET

Just One Person Awards Celebration set for Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Scotiabank Place

Ottawa police chief Vernon White to receive 2010 award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - The Sens Foundation, Max Keeping Foundation and the Ottawa Citizen will host the annual Just One Person awards at a reception that will take place prior to the Ottawa Senators game against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Scotiabank Place. Vernon White, chief of police of the Ottawa Police Service, will officially receive the 2010 Just One Person award, as chosen by a selection committee.

Just One Person provides a scholarship program for youth in care and a community award that acknowledges the contributions of a citizen from the Ottawa region who has helped make positive changes in the lives of our youth. This year's Just One Person scholarship program has expanded its reach, offering bursaries at Algonquin College. The first four years of the Just One Person awards celebration provided for an endowment fund at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. The Sens Foundation, Max Keeping Foundation and Ottawa Citizen are challenging other organizations and post-secondary institutions across Canada to create a similar awards program and scholarship fund. 

The objective is to raise $30,000 at the awards' pre-game celebration on Nov. 24. This amount will then be matched by Algonquin College and, combined with matching funds from the Government of Ontario's Student Opportunity Trust Fund, will realize an endowment fund of $90,000. This contribution will provide much-needed dollars for post-secondary bursaries for our community's youth in care, adding to the $270,000 that has been endowed since the event's inception.

"The Sens Foundation is thrilled with the selection of Chief White as this year's Just One Person award recipient," said Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson. "The children and youth of our community have benefited greatly from his hard work."

"Algonquin College salutes Chief Vern White, this year's recipient of the Just One Person Award. This special award acknowledges Chief White's community leadership and provides generous assistance to students facing financial challenges," said Brenda Rothwell, executive director, Algonquin College Foundation. "This award will help many students follow their dreams to graduate and to enter the workforce in their field of study."

The Just One Person award celebration provides a great opportunity for supporters to learn about the challenges that youth living under the care of the Children's Aid Society experience every day. There are more than 800 youth in care living in Ottawa. Funds raised at this year's event will give them additional educational opportunities.

Jim Orban, publisher of the Ottawa Citizen, was the first Just One Person award recipient in 2006. Bell executive Sal Iacono won the award in 2007, Senators Sports & Entertainment president Cyril Leeder won the award in 2008, and Julie Tubman, owner and president of Tubman Funeral Homes and Maisons Funeraires Cadieux, was the most recent recipient, winning the award in 2009.

2010 Just One Person recipient

Vernon White first became interested in policing while attending college and chose to join the RCMP at 22. After his first posting in Newfoundland, White, who was born in Waterford, N.S., went north and served 19 years in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, as well as northern Labrador. During that time, White worked his way through the ranks of the RCMP, from constable to assistant commissioner.

White moved to Ottawa in 2002 to serve as the RCMP's assistant commissioner of information and identitication. In 2005, he left Ottawa to lead the Durham Regional Police Service east of Toronto. White then returned to Ottawa in 2007 to be sworn in as chief of police.

Throughout his 25-year policing career, White has built an extensive background in major case management, community policing, proceeds of crime, detachment/unit commander, support services management, commercial crime and program policy. He also has a wealth of demonstrated successes in working with diverse communities, particularly Canada's First Nations and Inuit communities.

White, 51, has been a driving force behind Project S.T.E.P (support, treatment, education, prevention), which is the Ottawa community's response to addressing the need for residential substance-abuse treatment, education and prevention for young people. As a member of the campaign cabinet, White continues to encourage education and prevention programs for substance abuse.

Tickets for the awards celebration are available now for purchase through the Sens Foundation. Please visit www.sensfoundation.com for more information or call 613-599-0323.

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