Nova Scotia’s first crime prevention symposium in April attracted hundreds of delegates who shared their best practices and innovative ways to reduce crime in the province. Police, youth, and grassroots organizations heard presentations on topics that included tips for parents, how to recognize youth at risk for committing crime, and services for victims of crime.
“We had more than 200 delegates representing 55 community groups, government departments, universities who learned so much in one day,” said Crime Prevention Director Stephanie MacInnis-Langley. “There are so many positive initiatives happening that involve youth we wanted to celebrate their successes.”
Delegates enjoyed a presentation from ArtsExpress; Youth on the radar which focused on arts, music and drama at J.L. Ilsley, the Captain William Spry Centre and the public library. The Island Community Justice Society from Sydney presented their program, Children at the Critical Hour, an intervention and prevention program for children aged 9 to 11.
One of the many highlights of the symposium was the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention presentation. Eight awards were given to people or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to crime prevention. The individual award was presented to Paula Marshall of the Mi'Kmaw Legal Support Network in Eskasoni. She took the network from a pilot project to a province-wide multi-service legal support program for Aboriginal persons.
Rebecca Moore was the winner of the youth award. She is active in YouthScape, the Kitpu Youth Centre, Phoenix Youth Programs and In My Own Voice.
In the community group category, two awards were presented. The Community Partnership on Drug Abuse in Cape Breton was presented an award for its work on building partnerships that address the issues surrounding drug abuse. The other recipient in the category was the Eastern Communities Youth Association in Canso for its outreach programs for teens.
In the police category, two awards were also presented. Cpl. Grant Webber of the RCMP Queens detachment was honored for his work with the Cops for Kids program and his help with Citizens on Patrol. Cst. Randy Wood of the Halifax Regional Police was recognized for his leadership in organizing block parties and bringing residents and landlords together.
The award recipient in the media category was Blair Rhodes of CBC television. His reporting has focused on crime prevention as part of the segment On Watch.
The business category winner was Paul Gates of New Minas, owner of Gates Insurance and chair of Kings County Crime Prevention.
“Excellent day to learn about what is happening in Nova Scotia. Lots of new, great ideas.”
“The panel was excellent with a variety of topics.”
“Working with youth, you learn something new every day. No youth are the same.”
“What a great start to an event that has the potential for learning, networking and rewarding.”