The annual End-of-Year Christmas-Chanukah Party for Cote Saint-Luc’s ‘Orange Patrollers’ was held earlier this week in the Council Chambers at City Hall. This was a wonderful opportunity to thank our volunteers for a tremendous 2015 and for their continued devotion to the city and its residents.
While vCOP members patrol city streets for a minimum of six hours per month, our top patroller, Jeff Smith, exceeded 500 hours on the road, so far, this year.
CSL residents Issie Karpman wins the 2015 vCOP Patroller of the Year Award
Congratulations goes out to long-time volunteer Issie Karpman who wins the 2015 Patroller of the Year Award. Not only had he been awarded Patroller of the Month earlier this year he is active in delivering food baskets to shut-ins and is ready and willing to serve at major public events.
vCOP Patrollers Feed Golt, Gerry Goldenberg and Jacques Berkowitz share a laugh as they are presented with a Montreal Police caps and water bottles
Issie and regular partner Helen Gwiazda recently stopped at the intersection of Kildare and Cavendish when they spotted an elderly woman who clearly would benefit from a helping hand to cross the busy intersection. Once the woman was safely escorted across the busy street and returned home she promptly phoned Mayor Anthony Housefather to thank the city and vCOP for going above and beyond the call of duty. This gesture shows the true spirit of CSL vCOP. Congratulations Issie and Helen.
vCOP ladies Florence “Cookie” Band, Ellie Pomerantz and Assieh Fazel flank patroller and record-keeper Bernie Band
We also welcomed new police commander Jean O’Malley and Lt. Julie Bessette to the event. The Neighbourhood Police Station 9 chief was clearly impressed with his first encounter with the volunteer corps and pledged to continue working together in complete harmony to support them in any way they require. These were very generous remarks considering it is the vCOP group that serves to assist as the eyes and ears of Public Security, Police, Fire and EMS services.
Helen Gwiazda with veteran patroller Ron Yarin
Public Safety director Jordy Reichson and chief Philip Chateauvert were thanked for their support of the vCOP group. They are the two city staff members charged to oversee all aspects of public safety, the two largest entities being the 85 volunteers each within vCOP and EMS.
Acting Mayor Glenn J. Nashen, Police Commander Jean O’Malley, Lt. Julie Bessette, Councillor Mitchell Brownstein
Councillor Allan J. Levine rose to thank the volunteers for backing up the aging veterans of the Canadian Legion Branch 97 by selling poppies leading up to Remembrance Day, last month. With the average age of the legionnaires being 92 it has become exceedingly difficult to staff the poppy tables at the mall and stores around the community in the weeks leading up to the National Day of Remembrance. vCOP was instrumental in assisting in the collection of funds for the legion who in turn pass on this money to local hospitals and charities.
Volunteer Fleet Boss: Abe Miller
Every member of vCOP was thanked for their tremendous contributions. In particular, we noted those who have stepped up to volunteer to lead several initiatives such as the Smoke Detector Brigade and the soon-to-be-launched Vacation Spot-Check group. The Team Leaders and members of each group from the Recruitment Team, Fleet Team, New Member Orientation and Training Group and many more do an excellent volunteer job throughout the year.
M. Isaac Dahan, un bénévole de longue date à vCOP
Councillor Mitchell Brownstein took to the microphone to say that volunteers are what make Cote Saint-Luc the extra special community that it is. He thanked the volunteers and encouraged them to continue in giving so generously of their time and effort that benefit all residents.
Special appreciation was extended to volunteer supervisors Lewis Cohen, Susie Schwartz, Mitchell Herf and Elaine Meunier for keeping the group operational on a daily basis. There are phone calls, emails and texts flying each day to keep the team running smoothly, committee meetings, patrol meetings and more. Thanks as well to Susie and Elaine for organizing this event.
Thank you to volunteers Philip Lackman and Morris Stelcner who have been actively involved in organizing roles at vCOP for several years
If you would like to join, or support vCOP with a 100% tax deductible donation receipt, please visit CoteSaintLuc.org/vCOP.
Acting Mayor Glenn J. Nashen, Supervisor Mitchell Herf, Patroller of the Year Issie Karpman, Supervisors Lewis Cohen and Susie Schwartz, Councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Sam Goldbloom