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CRTF and partners reflect on volunteer achievements

By Shawna O'Neill

Published on January 5, 2019

The donation collection of the reverse advent calendar. Submitted photo.

CORNWALL & SDG, Ontario – Members of the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF), and its joint partner Canada Border Services Agency Enforcement and Intelligence Unit (CBSA E&I), were happy to be active in the community during the 2018 holiday season. 

Kicking off the festive season, members of the CRTF and CBSA E&I were excited to participate in the Cornwall Santa Claus Parade. Officers walked with their families alongside the decorated boat float and all-terrain vehicle while distributing candy canes. The RCMP Safety Bear mascot was a highlight of the event.

Cornwall fire crew and Sparky attended the CRTF building on December 14 to collect donated presents for Sparky’s Toy Drive. Toys were donated by employees of CRTF and CBSA E&I and then distributed to local children.

“We all believe that on Christmas morning, every child should wake up to find a present,” said Sgt. Cynthia Savard in a press release.

Police officers, public servants, family members of the CRTF, partners from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, the OPP, Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department and Mohawk Tribal Police sang Christmas carols at the Tsiikwanonhso:te Akwesasne Long Term Care Home and the Iakhihsohtha Lodge for the Elderly this year. Residents of both homes enjoyed the performances and company. The RCMP Safety Bear and Santa Clause also made an appearance.  

In preparation for the holiday season, the CBSA also organized a reverse advent calendar, in which individuals needed to donate each day towards local food banks.

“Everyone actively participated in this great initiative,” said Sgt. Savard.