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February 9, 2024 11:24 AM

School of Community Services students raising funds for charity

The annual Dodgeball for Danny fundraiser in support of a charity dedicated to creating a brighter future for Canadian youth with disabilities is set for March 1.

The event is organized by Conestoga students in Advanced Police Studies to commemorate the life of Danny Holmes, the son of program fitness instructor/technician Colleen Holmes-Cummings who died of cancer when he was just four.

For more than 15 years, the event has raised money in Danny’s honour for the Shine Foundation, which supports young people living with severe physical disabilities. Last year’s tournament brought in $4,000. This year’s goal is set at $5,000.

Teams of six to eight need to register by February 23, and entry is open to students in the Protection, Security and Investigation; Police Foundations; and Fire Service Skills programs. The tournament winner will play against a team from the Advanced Police Studies program.

Community members can support the event by donating on the Athletics Fundraisers page. Those interested in watching the dodgeball tournament are asked to show a donation receipt or donate at the door.

The event will be held at the Student Recreation Centre on the Kitchener - Doon campus, starting at 9:30 a.m. and going to about 3 or 4 p.m. Recruiters from several police departments will also attend to answer questions about pursuing a career in law enforcement.

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Advanced Police Studies is a two-semester graduate certificate program designed to provide students with highly relevant applied skills, integrative learning experiences, and professional network development for careers in policing. Through class discussions, simulations, and applied projects, students will gain experience in dealing with social and organizational issues related to police services and community safety within increasingly diverse communities.

Conestoga’s School of Community Services is a leader in translating students’ passions for working with people and making a difference in community into successful careers in human services and community safety.