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WINMAR and Guelph Police show that Kids Matter

Web posted on December 05, 2013

In April of 2009, the Guelph Police were contacted by Mr. Paul Schmidt about how WINMAR wanted to help the Guelph Police in program delivery to the youth of our city and those who come from other communities to attend Guelph schools. Mr. Schmidt was moved by the tragic disappearance and untimely death of Tori Stafford and took it upon himself to contact the police to see how he and his company could help ensure a similar incident never occurred here.

Mr. Schmidt and WINMAR, with the assistance Mr. Darrin Drake advised that were willing to commit $100,000 or $10,000 per year, as their part in working together towards finding ways to teach, encourage and inspire our youth to make good choices, adopt healthy values, learn to be good citizens of this community and make positive contributions to society, along with being able to live, play and learn in a safe environment.

The slogan "Restoring Family Values" became the name of this program. The Guelph Police working collaboratively with Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Drake over the next several years sourced out and developed unique and original programs which fell under the philosophy of working together at keeping our children safe.

The program has seen speakers brought into our schools as well as other programs supported such as Kickz soccer, Lids for kids, city wide bike rodeos, Block Parents and a school safety patrol camp.

Moving forward, this program is continuing to evolve. This evolution has led to a new name and new ideas. On December 2, 2013, WINMAR once again made their donation of $10,000 for this collaborative effort which will now be called "Kids Matter".

Inspector McGarr, Chief Larkin, Paul Schmidt, Cst. Gatto

The funds will go towards finding ways to teach, encourage and inspire our youth to make good choices, enhance positive relationships between youth and the police and to promote street proofing of our children (Stanger danger, child safety, etc).