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Ottawa Police announces 2018 Gala recipients 

June 25, 2018

The Ottawa Police Service has selected two programs benefitting at-risk youth to share the proceeds of the 2018 OPS Gala. They are the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) Foundation and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC).

The shared proceeds will fund a new OSEG Foundation employment program giving at-risk youth opportunities to gain valuable work experience and expose them to new avenues for career pursuit.

“We are so excited to be working with the Ottawa Police Service to help launch this innovative employment strategy,” said OSEG Foundation Executive Director Janice Barresi. “The funds raised through the Gala will give some of the most vulnerable members of our community the chance to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.”

The GCTC was selected for their programming for at-risk youth referred through the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, which empowers participants, boosts their self confidence and helps them thrive into adulthood.

Lastly, a donation will be made to the Ottawa Police Memorial Cemetery from funds raised at the 2018 Gala.

Now in its ninth year, the OPS Gala has raised over $735,000 for local charities.

The ninth annual Police Gala will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Shaw Centre. Tickets for this event will go on sale soon.

ABOUT THE OSEG FOUNDATION:

Breaking down barriers and giving more children the opportunity to benefit from sport development. The OSEG Foundation views sports as a tool that connects people and communities and serves as a catalyst for positive social change. At the OSEG Foundation, we believe that by sharing our passion for sports through structured youth development programs, kids will have an opportunity to reach their full potential. We know that sports-focused strategies engage youth, and teach them important leadership, communication and problem-solving skills – these are all things that will enrich their lives.

For more information about the OSEG Foundation please visit www.osegfoundation.ca.


The 9th Annual OPS Gala will be held on October 27, 2018 at the Shaw Centre

What started as an idea to bring the community and Ottawa Police Service (OPS) members together to celebrate partnerships and successes has now become a longstanding tradition of giving back to the city they serve.

The devastating news of the senseless death of Cst. Eric Czapnik, and the outpouring of love from the community, further demonstrated the need for an event where the community could acknowledge their support of Police.

The Gala celebrates the role of the OPS in the community, while making a meaningful contribution to our community partners and agencies in Ottawa that help others.

"We wanted to create an event that brought together the community and members of the OPS to celebrate the work we do together that helps to make our city such a great place to live," said Supt. (Ret.) Delaney.

The OPS Gala held its inaugural event in the fall of 2010, and every year local charities are selected as beneficiaries of the gala fundraising.  The charities are picked because of shared values with the OPS, a willingness to pitch in and help, as well as network within the community to fundraise.

Last fall's charity recipients, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa (BBBS) and Ottawa Victim Services (OVS), each received a cheque for $45,000, raising the total amount collected for local charities to $740,000 to-date.

"Every year we celebrate not only our police service, but also those who work tirelessly to make this city one of the best places to live," said Chief Charles Bordeleau. 

Chief Charles Bordeleau

"The gala has a lasting impact beyond the event itself through the funds we raise for local charities that deliver much needed services and programs to the most vulnerable in our community."

The OPS Gala was lucky to have partnered with corporate sponsors Telus and the Barley Mow in 2017, which helped to make the event such a great success. Tickets to the event sold out quickly.

The OPS Gala is an investment for us and we value what each of the charities bring to the table.

 

A great big thank you to our 2017 platinum sponsors:

The Barley Mow   Telus

And thank you to our media sponsors: