Last night was the 20th anniversary of the Police Appreciation Dinner, in honour of the men and women of the York Regional Police force.

Oer 1,000 people gathered to celebrate and recognize the dedication and hardwork of the officers and civilian staff whose work has made York Region among the safest communities in Canada.

The main focus of the evening was to recognize a few of the outstanding employees of the York Region Police in the categories of Civilian Recognition Award, Herbert H. Carnegie Award, the Rob Plunkett Outstanding Service to our Community Award, and the Excellence in Policing Award.

But for me, the highlight of the evening was the Chief for a Day, Ms. Ashley Chan. Ashley is a Grade 5 student from Bayview Hill Elementary School in Richmond Hill, and she presented her essay, which answered the question: If you had an opportunity to be the Chief for a Day, what would you do to lead York Regional Police in making a difference to our community? She did an outstanding job!

More information on this event can be found here:

Yet another example of why we are so fortunate to live in this area.