Art Truax Memorial Bursaries to be awarded today at our Emergency Services Golf Tournament

The Art Truax Memorial Bursary

This bursary was established in 2012 to honour and memorialize Art Truax who passed away on Nov. 30, 2011 following a long illness. He was 76.

Art, who served the last term as mayor of Lindsay and the first term as mayor of the amalgamated City of Kawartha Lakes fought a very public battle with cancer after being diagnosed while serving his term as City of Kawartha Lakes mayor, but continued to live a very active life in the community, continuing his involvement with the Rotary Club of Lindsay, the Dream Ball, Kawartha Lakes Food Source and as chair of the Police Services Board. He was also one of the founding members of our tournament and a strong supporter of our Emergency Services.

Art was a teacher and retired as a Superintend of Education, we felt it appropriate to create a bursary in his name to support our youth who are committed to post-secondary education.

Amount of Bursary

We have established the amount at five hundred dollars ($500) each.

Number or Bursaries

We will present one bursary to each of our Emergency Services agencies within the City of Kawartha Lakes:

1. City of Kawartha Lakes Emergency Medical Services
2. Kawartha Lakes Fire & Rescue Service
3. Ontario Provincial Police Kawartha Lakes
4. City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service

Selection Criteria

Candidates must have been an Emergency Services agency placement or local student and intends (or is currently) to continue postsecondary education in any field. Each agency is responsible for selecting their recipient.

Presentation of Bursary

Each recipient and two guests are invited to our Golf Tournament dinner and a certificate and cheque made payable to the recipient will be presented during our awards ceremony.


Community Consultation on Crime Prevention September 4th

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service in partnership with Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes is pleased to invite you to a community consultation facilitated by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (Ministry) Phase II – Community Engagement, which represents the second step towards the development of a provincial crime prevention strategy.

The City of Kawartha Lakes engagement session has been scheduled for Wednesday September 4th, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Victoria Park Armouries, 210 Kent St W, Lindsay, ON K9V 2Y8

The Ministry is working with its inter-ministerial and policing partners to develop a provincial crime prevention strategy. The first step in this process was to raise awareness and to promote the benefits of crime prevention to Ontario communities through the development of the Crime Prevention in Ontario: A Framework for Action (attached).

The Ministry intends on facilitating the engagement session and will kick-off the session with a brief presentation on the provincial crime prevention strategy.

The purpose of the presentation is to provide information on the work the province is undertaking toward the development of a provincial crime prevention strategy, including:

• an educational component, which will summarize, the Crime Prevention in Ontario: A Framework for Action booklet;

• an outline of Phase II of the strategy, Community Engagement;

• obtain responses from the communities on the engagement questions; and

• identify next steps.

As a part of the presentation the Ministry will ask the following questions:

1. What types of crime prevention/community safety strategies and programs does your community currently have in place?

2. Is there anything that could help your community enhance your crime prevention/community safety strategies and programs?

3. Are there any concerns or gaps (systemic, disorder, quality of life, crime, etc.) in your community that you would like to address?

The engagement session will inform the development of the following two key deliverables and will assist Ontario’s diverse communities in developing their own, region-specific crime prevention and community safety initiatives:

• Crime Prevention in Ontario: A Community Analysis

• Will provide an analysis of the crime issues, risk factors, challenges, resources/partnerships in Ontario’s communities.

• Crime Prevention in Ontario: Promising Practices

• Will provide an overview of promising practices currently being used in Ontario.

The information collected will also inform the development of Phase III, the provincial crime prevention strategy.

Please note, in order to ensure a multi-disciplinary perspective at these engagement sessions, the Ministry is suggesting representation from the following local partners/stakeholders:

• Municipal government officials

• Police Services/Boards

• Community agencies

• Members of the public

• Private sector representatives

• Educators (including School Board Officials, Principals and Teachers)

• Health care professionals

• Mental health professionals

• Social workers

• Corrections and Youth Justice Staff (if applicable); and

• Researchers/University students.

Please confirm your or an alternates attendance by Monday August 26th to Evelyn Chambers, Coordinator, Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes via email at or alternatively (705) 878-5081.

On behalf of the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service and Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes, I look forward to having you join us for this session and to working with you to identify solutions relating to crime prevention in our community.