DURHAM: Cathy was hired by the Durham Regional Police Service on September 10th, 1990. She began her career as a uniform officer in the City of Oshawa. While in that position she identified her passion towards investigations but more specifically towards seeking a position within the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit (SAU). She was awarded a position in SAU, in September 1999.
These types of crimes can be horrific and life changing for many however she knew she possessed the ability to help and empower these survivors towards a path of healing. To this day, Cathy has developed relationships and maintained connections to many of those who she supported.
While in SAU, Cathy built strong relationships with many community partners and identified proactive opportunities to teach and educate children. One such example was the development of a program for grade eight students which educated them on dating, sexual consent, confidence and empowerment. This program was delivered throughout the Region.
Cathy spent over three plus years in SAU, and was eventually promoted to Sergeant.
The DRPS identified her passion when it came to the advocacy work she had done, and assigned her as their first Domestic Violence Coordinator.
While in that role, Cathy and her partner identified an opportunity to improve the life of survivors and their children; they designed and implemented (D.R.I.V.E.N) Durham Region Intimate-relationship Violence Empowerment Network. This program identified gaps within the community and allowed services to work together to better support survivors, including children.
Cathy’s career continued and she was promoted to Staff Sergeant. While in that role she mentored and coached many members, especially those who had a focus towards investigations and community wellness. She was in a position to provide opportunities, and support many members, to develop programs to help the lives of vulnerable persons within the community. She has always embraced and provided emphasis on relationship building and breaking down the silos. Some of the programs she has been involved in are: Gowns for Girls, Ontario Shores Mental Health committee, Special Olympics as well as local and provincial training to first responders on Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence investigations. Cathy always included child advocacy within all of the training services and support she provided. Many of these events and training opportunities were done on her own time. Her passion is infectious and her heart is worn on her sleeve.
After many years, Cathy was promoted to an executive position within the DRPS as an Inspector. She is currently leading the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Unit (DEI).
Cathy has been able to connect many cultural partners, community members and DRPS members together, which has promoted a better understanding of our differences as well as recognizing our commonalities. She continues to inspire and empower youth within our community to be the change. Through her work as a DEI leader, she is positively contributing towards the wellness of our communities through, respect, kindness, understanding and empowerment for ALL.
Congratulations Cathy, we are so fortunate to have you here in Durham.
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