Throughout the month of August, I Can for Kids has been “kicking up” some of our food pack deliveries to Calgary communities with help from Calgary Police Service – this one was in Deer Run. We are very thankful for all of the support we’ve received for these community events.
Calgary’s ‘I Can for Kids’ is an organization that was started by an inspiring local teenager named Sutton Garner and her parents Bobbi Turko and Mike Garner. Our first exposure to this great and worthwhile project began in the summer of 2016 through the PBLE (Problem-Based Learning Exercise) efforts of Calgary Police Service District 6 Constable A. Husband. As a new recruit, she started working with one of our local Calgary Housing communities in Woodbine, which led to assisting ‘I Can for Kids’ in handing out food packs and interacting with families. This was a great avenue to interact and demonstrate who CPS members are behind the uniform. Playing basketball, blowing bubbles or simply engaging the kids in conversation about various topics, including police work, led to their respective families feeling comfortable in approaching the police officers present.
The tireless work undertaken by Sutton and her parents in reaching out to the numerous organizations and individuals who have generously supported this effort through funding, food donations and sweat equity is truly inspiring.
When we inquired about the food program, it was obvious that it took a lot of effort/resources to produce the food packs. This led to 11 Calgary Police Service members volunteering to help this worthwhile cause this year and we plan to continue to help by engaging the families when the food packs are handed out.
‘I Can for Kids’ have provided members of the Calgary Police Service another opportunity to showcase the strong community spirit and dedication that makes our city a great place to live.
M. Watterston #2832
Calgary Police Service
District 6 – Inspector