On Wednesday, April 4, West Parry Sound OPP Community Services Officer Charles Ostrom was invited to meet with a group he describes as “unsung heroes in our community.
Unsung heroes volunteering for local youth.
Shown from left are Jody Shedden, John Shedden, Anne Crampton, Larry Barnes, Optimist Club President Gilbert Crampton, Don Croswell, Sandy Croswell, Frances Starkey, West Parry Sound OPP Community Services Officer Constable Charles Ostrom. Absent from photo are Doug and Milly Graham, Andrea Gaspar, Katie Garbett, Delcoe Jeffery, Heather Langford, Janet Barnes, Reta Shedden, and Jim McCabe.
It was a Parry Sound Optimist Club meeting held at the Parry Sound library and those in attendance were from all walks of life. For some it was the end of a typical work day and the meal they brought and shared among all present was their supper, not a snack.
Ostrom gave a report of the success of the D.A.R.E. program in the local grade 6 classes and expressed appreciation for the Optimist Club’s generous donation of $500 at the start of the school year that finances pizza parties for all eight of the D.A.R.E. graduating classes.
This is the second year the club has made a $500 donation to the D.A.R.E. program.
In addition to the D.A.R.E. program, the Optimist Club has promoted safety for youth in the community by partnering with Constable Ostrom by purchasing bicycle helmets to distribute at bike rodeos and here and there in the neighbourhoods as children are identified in need.
“All I have to say is that there are kids out there without helmets and they ask: “How can we help?” notes Ostrom.
The Optimist Club and Ostrom worked together at an Optimist-hosted bike rodeo last year where helmets, bells, and refreshments were all provided to children attending, courtesy of the club. There was even a draw for a brand new bicycle.
The Optimist Club has committed to supporting a bicycle rodeo that will be held at Britt Public School in June by providing helmets as prizes to every grade and a bicycle as well for one lucky winner.
“An unassuming and genuinely caring group of individuals, these volunteers carry on a long-standing tradition of supporting communities and spreading goodwill towards all,” Ostrom adds.