Enough cake to feed nearly 100 volunteers

It wasn’t your ordinary Bar Mitzvah celebration but vCOPs by the dozens showed up to celebrate the 13th birthday of their community-minded organization, Cote Saint-Luc’s volunteer Citizens on Patrol.

From a handful of volunteers, a single patrol vehicle and a lot of spirit and dedication the group has grown tremendously over the years since I launched it back on July 1, 2006. (Search vCOP in this blog for the history and photos).

Susie and Harvey Schwartz were among the first 10 volunteers to sign up. They’ve since patrolled thousands of kilometers along the streets of Cote Saint-Luc.

Today, nearly 100 volunteers routinely don their orange polo tops and bright yellow jackets and patrol our city in four marked vehicles as well as on electric scooters, bikes and on foot patrol.

Mayor Brownstein and his wife Elaine joined me at the vCOP celebration to cheer on our amazing volunteers

vCOP is a one of a kind organization. There’s nothing like it throughout Quebec. Well structured, highly organized, discipline and training throughout the ranks, the group is a shining example of what hard work, dedication and determination of a corps of supervisors and patrollers can do in augmenting the safety of an entire community.

Dedicated supervisors and patrollers flank the mayor and councillor responsible for public safety, Oren Sebag

The event, a barbecue to celebrate the summer season (despite the cold air!), was held in the Lawrence Bergman Chalet of Trudeau Park. Several councillors dropped by as well as a sizable corps of police officers from Neighbourhood Station 9 and volunteers from Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services. There were public security officers on hand as well as the management team of Philip Chateauvert and Jean-Marc Dubois in addition to former director Jordy Reichson.

L-R: Supv. David Goldsmith, Fmr. Dir. Jordy Reichson, Susie Schwartz, Chief Philip Chateauvert, Supv. Elaine Meunier, Mgr. Jean-Marc Dubois, Fmr. Cllr & vCOP Founder Glenn J. Nashen, Supv. Phil Mayman, Supv. Mitchell Herf

When you see the vCOP patrols ride by give them a thumbs up and offer a word of thanks. If you see them stopping in for a coffee at McDonald’s why not pay it forward and pick up their snack tab. They will appreciate the gesture and you’ll feel great doing so.

Thank you to all of our vCOP crews. You are wonderful volunteers who deserve much appreciation. Here’s to another great 13 years together!