On Thursday September 27, at 11:00 AM Board President, Jennifer Paul-O’Donnell, Rod Potgieter, Executive Director, and Derrick Drouillard, Director of Service of Family and Children's Services (F&CS) of St. Thomas and Elgin launched the 2012 Child Abuse Prevention Month by placing magnetic purple ribbons on the marked vehicles of; Elgin O.P.P., St. Thomas Police Services and the Aylmer Police at 410 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas. The ribbons will also be placed on many fire service vehicles.
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The Purple Ribbon Campaign is designed to the raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect, with the goal that everyone become more aware of the devastating effects of abuse and neglect and the role each of us can play in prevention. In attendance was Bill Lynch, Chief of Police and Staff Sergeant Chris Herridge from St. Thomas Police Service, Detachment Commander Brad Fishleigh and Constable Troy Carlson from the Elgin OPP, Constable Kevin Coudenys from the Aylmer Police and St. Thomas Fire Chief Rob Broadbent.
October is an important month to underscore the responsibility of the community to keep children safe and for the public to understand their responsibility to protect children; when a former youth-in-care was asked what the purple ribbon meant to her, she stated "Child abuse affects everyone not just the child".
In 2010 the Purple Ribbon Campaign added the magnetic ribbons which are 8” high and 3 ¾” wide with the tagline –PREVENT CHILD ABUSE, which were placed on private and official vehicles throughout the district. The magnetic ribbons will be used again this year to increase awareness.
"Children are a community’s greatest resource and we need to be sure everyone in Elgin County is working together to protect our young citizens. As we begin the 2012 campaign for October’s Child Abuse Prevention Month we at Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas Elgin are pleased to be joined by all of the Policing partners in Elgin County to help raise awareness of this issue. The purple ribbons displayed on police vehicles serve as a reminder of the responsibility of the community to keep children safe and for the public to understand their responsibility to protect children. We are grateful for the support of the Elgin Detachment of the O.P.P., the St Thomas Police Service and the Aylmer Police in this critical area."
- Jennifer Paul-O’Donnell - Board President.