Calgary, AB: September 8, 2021 The Calgary Police Service Canine Unit and YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre invite members of the media to join us for the grand opening of the Calgary Police Canine Park on September 15, 2021 at 12 p.m.

The park, which was created outside of YouthLink Calgary, located at 5111 47 St. N.E., will be a place for all to explore, learn, connect and share their “tails”. The park honours three Calgary Police Service Dogs (PSDs) who have died in the line of duty, PSDs: Pharaoh, Sirk and Gino, as well as commemorates the devoted service of all CPS Canine Dogs who serve with courage and loyalty. In addition, the space will be used for future canine graduation ceremonies, retirements, and special events.  

“The canine exhibit is one of the most popular at YouthLink and visits from the unit are always a standout with our school groups. The Calgary Police Canine Park provides an extension of the exhibit that will live outside of YouthLink for hundreds of years to come.,” says YouthLink Executive Director, A/S/Sgt. Carlee Bojarski. “It will be a place of commemoration and festivity that our visitors can interact with.”

“This is a fitting opportunity to celebrate the contributions of our Police Service Dogs,” says Sergeant Jim Gourley of the Calgary Police Service Canine Unit. “This space will serve as an important spot for YouthLink visitors to learn about the history of the canine unit and the great work that our canine members do to keep Calgarians safe.”

Part of the grand opening, will include the unveiling of a bronze dog statue, created in partnership with Studio West Bronze Art Foundry & Gallery, located in Cochrane, Alberta. The foundry is world-renowned for its bronze artwork and has created several monuments from around the world. Together with YouthLink Calgary, Canine Unit members worked closely with the creators over several months to collect measurements and fine tune the statue design.

The park was made possible by the generosity of the Zeidler family in loving memory of Margaret “Midge” Zeidler.

The CPS Canine Unit was established in 1960 and has since been an integral part of the Calgary Police Service. The Canine Unit currently consists of more than 20 dogs that specialize in general patrol duties, drug detection, explosives detection and cadaver detection.

YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is a non-profit, proudly funded by the Calgary Police Youth Foundation, where crime prevention, community safety and education are at the heart of everything we do. We provide unique programming in partnership with other community organizations who are committed to building a stronger and safer Calgary.  

For more intel check out www.youthlinkcalgary.com.  Follow us at @YouthLinkYYC on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok and Instagram.

For media inquiries:
YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre

Falon Wagner, Marketing Lead
403-428-8685
fwagner@calgarypolice.ca

Calgary Police Service Canine Unit

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403-428-7979

cps@calgarypolice.ca

Calgary, AB: April 20, 2021 YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre has innovated, modified and revaluated to create a completely virtual centre and is receiving recognition for it.

While some museums and cultural centres shut down during COVID-19, 2021 has become a year of adaptability for YouthLink:

YouthLink Calgary was nominated for the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police award by Calgary Police Executive. The Crime Prevention and Community initiatives category recognizes YouthLink’s outstanding efforts to deliver crime prevention programming to youth in Calgary. At the core of YouthLink’s programs is its partnership with the Calgary Police Service, as the Interpretive Centre connects the community with officers. YouthLink’s ability to pivot programming to online platforms has allowed the centre to continue reaching Calgarians even in these unprecedented times.

The team at YouthLink developed interactive virtual sessions on Safe for Life topics including gangs, drugs, healthy relationships and online safety. All of the Safe for Life programs are delivered through YouthLink’s mini-TV studio. This allows YL to livestream into hundreds of classrooms across the city. The Calgary Police officers stationed at the interpretive centre are also offering “Ask the Police”, an opportunity for student to ask questions about policing in the city. For educators teaching forensics, a curriculum-based forensics program was developed through YouthLink’s website for the first time.

YouthLink’s virtual programs are not just for kids! A series of virtual adult information sessions are available. Discussions on gangs, online safety and cannabis provide parents with real intel straight from CPS in an effort to keep their families safe.

For more information on YouthLink Calgary’s Albert Association Chiefs of Police Award or our virtual programs, follow us at @YouthLinkYYC on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube or YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre on Facebook. Visit our website: youthlinkcalgary.com

YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is a non-profit, proudly funded by the Calgary Police Youth Foundation, where crime prevention, community safety and education are at the heart of everything we do. We provide unique programming in partnership with other community partners who are committed to building a stronger and safer Calgary.  

For media inquiries:
Tara Robinson, Executive Director
403-971-1275
trobinson@calgarypolice.ca

Calgary, AB: March 15, 2021 YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is offering summer camps in an effort to help parents through the pandemic. 

In the summer of 2020, YouthLink Calgary provided a safe place for kids to have fun after spending months in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. After three months of summer camps, we were thrilled to report that no COVID-19 cases had been linked to our centre. 

Staff reimagined the summer camps to encourage safe health practices, but always remembered to include the excitement and magic of YouthLink. 

With the pandemic still causing disruption in our day-to-day lives, we felt it was more important than ever to bring back summer camps. YouthLink Calgary is looking for junior detectives aged 6-12 to join us in July and August for VIP police experiences, forensic experiments and team investigations. 

“Last year, we asked parents to trust us with their children during a time filled with uncertainty. YouthLink Calgary is so grateful to those parents and we hope to return the favour again this year. We know that youth are struggling with social anxiety during the pandemic, and we will continue to offer a safe place for kids to be kids.” says Executive Director, Tara Robinson. 

YouthLink Calgary Summer Camps operate Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our camps sell out every year and we anticipate another successful summer as safety remains our top priority. 

To register for YouthLink Calgary’s summer camps, visit our website youthlinkcalgary.com. For more intel, follow us at @YouthLinkYYC on Twitter, Instagram and Youtube or YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre on Facebook and LinkedIn. 

YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is a non-profit, proudly funded by the Calgary Police Youth Foundation, where crime prevention, community safety and education are at the heart of everything we do. 

For media inquiries:

Tara Robinson, Executive Director

403-971-1275

trobinson@calgarypolice.ca

Calgary, AB: January 18, 2021 YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is offering teachers and students a unique learning experience unlike any other in Canada. 

COVID is preventing thousands of students from visiting YouthLink, so YouthLink is delivering intel to them in new ways for in-school and at-home HUB learning. In an effort to contribute a positive solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, YouthLink is providing teachers with virtual and live access to its programming:

YouthLink Calgary tested this programming with teachers during a three-month pilot project this past fall. More than 11,000 students are now registered for this unique experience. This free programming not only helps teachers meet their curriculum needs, but provides students with an educational opportunity that is distinct to Calgary. 

“In a time where interaction is limited, YouthLink Calgary has found a way to virtually connect with Calgary classrooms. The real stories and videos were so impactful for my students. YouthLink Calgary presented their Gangs presentation to my class and the students couldn’t believe how young people join gangs. I could hear the students talking about the presentation with their peers afterwards and was so impressed with the impact it had.”  Quote from a Grade 6 Calgary teacher

Educators looking to register for YouthLink Calgary’s programming can visit youthlinkcalgary.com. For more intel, follow us at @YouthLinkYYC on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube or YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre on Facebook. 

YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is a non-profit, proudly funded by the Calgary Police Youth Foundation, where crime prevention, community safety and education are at the heart of everything we do.   

For media inquiries:
Tara Robinson, Executive Director
403-971-1275
trobinson@calgarypolice.ca

Calgary, AB: December 17, 2020 Home for the holidays (that’s a trick question!) and looking for something to do with your little ones? YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is excited to share #FestiveForensics: 12 Days of Experiments. 

Over the 12 days leading up to Christmas, YouthLink Calgary is sharing fun and easy experiments that will spark curiosity for science in junior investigators. The experiments are made simple, requiring materials that families can find around their homes.

We know the holidays are going to be unusual for families this year, so we wanted to create effortless experiments that can ignite excitement for little ones over the holidays, while also providing educational value. With a longer than usual gap between Christmas Break and the New Year, we hope parents can use these videos as a tool to have some fun learning with their children over the break.

The #FestiveForensics experiments include Fingerprint dusting ornaments, investigating who wrote a letter to Santa Claus and extracting DNA from strawberries, just to name a few. 

When new restrictions were announced for the province in response to growing numbers of COVID-19, YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre temporarily closed to the public. While the Centre is quiet, our online presence is anything but! 

To join the festivities, follow us at @YouthLinkYYC on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube or YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre on Facebook. 

YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is a non-profit, proudly funded by the Calgary Police Youth Foundation, where crime prevention, community safety and education are at the heart of everything we do. We provide unique programming in partnership with other community partners who are committed to building a stronger and safer Calgary.  

For media inquiries:
Tara Robinson, Executive Director
403-971-1275
trobinson@calgarypolice.ca

Calgary, AB: October 15, 2020 YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is excited to announce it is reopening to all public visitors on Thursday October 22, 2020 after three months of being open only to youth.

In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre took the innovative approach of opening to kids aged 5 to 13 over the summer months. “School closures, quarantine and COVID restrictions created a challenging environment where youth had fewer opportunities to be with their friends and seek social support which is essential for good mental well-being” explains Executive Director Tara Robinson. “YouthLink Calgary created a safe place with fun activities, and it was heartwarming to see kids being kids again.” Diligent planning and meticulous attention to safety measures resulted in a COVID free and incident free environment for this special time at YouthLink.

YouthLink Calgary’s new public hours are Thursday to Saturday 10am-4pm. Admission is FREE. All visitors will be required to have a timed ticket for entry, and these can be booked at www.youthlinkcalgary.com  

Visitors to YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre will be able to experience dozens of exhibits including a virtual ride-along with the HAWCS helicopter, an interactive Canine display, and a forensics lab where bugs and bones take centre stage. New safety protocols will allow visitors to take the driver’s seat in a real police car, watch award-winning documentaries, and discover true crime stories of Calgary’s past. Visitors will also encounter “Freeze! It’s a crime not to wash your hands” cleaning stations and a “Suspect Selfie Station”.

YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is a non-profit, proudly funded by the Calgary Police Youth Foundation, where crime prevention, community safety and education are at the heart of everything we do. We provide unique programming in partnership with other community partners who are committed to building a stronger and safer Calgary.  

For more intel check out www.YouthLinkCalgary.com Follow us at @YouthLinkYYC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For media inquiries:
Tara Robinson, Executive Director
403-971-1275
trobinson@calgarypolice.ca

April, 22,  2020  YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is excited to announce it is going virtual to support families, youth and teachers. YouthLink Calgary is launching its first learning adventures by taking crime prevention, safety, and fun online at www.youthlinkcalgary.com and @YouthLinkYYC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“…It is inspiring and heartwarming to see our community working together to keep each other safe and healthy by staying home. YouthLink Calgary has changed directions to respond to the needs of families at a time when they need support during this public health emergency…” says Tara Robinson, Executive Director of YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre. 

YouthLink’s programming is highly sought after by Calgary schools. Teachers registered more than 7-thousand students in six minutes for the 2019-2020 school year. For the rest of this school year, YouthLink is taking teachers and families behind the scenes (throughout our Centre and into our own homes), where we share our favourite at-home forensic science experiments, incredible policing stories, and critical information to help parents start important safety conversations with their children.  

YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is a non-profit, proudly funded by the Calgary Police Foundation, where crime prevention, community policing and education are at the heart of everything we do. We provide unique programming in partnership with Calgary Police and in collaboration with other community partners who are committed to building stronger and safer communities. 

Some of YouthLink’s virtual offerings include:

  1. Cabin Fever Forensics 

Easy-to-follow science experiments that will keep your kids busy while practicing techniques used by Calgary’s crime-solving experts.  We also feature instructions for forensic activities using items in your own home, for example using strawberries to learn about DNA.

With quality time at the forefront of our lives, we are on a mission to help parents start critical conversations with your children about mental health and today’s crime-related issues. 

Hear from Calgary Police Experts: First up is a CPS Cyber Crimes Expert with tips for parents and youth during a time when everyone is spending more time online. 

Our police museum’s collection is truly remarkable! We take you behind the scenes to show you some interesting tools of the trade dating back 100 years.

Join us for some fascinating explorations of some compelling police stories. 

Keep checking back at www.YouthLinkCalgary.com because new videos and content are being added! Follow us at @YouthLinkYYC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

For media inquiries:
Tara Robinson, Executive Director
403-971-1275
trobinson@calgarypolice.ca

The Calgary Police Service continues to address the increased violence and shootings in northeast Calgary through the involvement of several areas of the Service.Recognizing that this issue requires broader community support, education and awareness, YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is launching Community Safety Presentations. These presentations will help educate and inform residents about how to keep their families safe in the wake of increasing violence in Calgary, help young people avoid high-risk lifestyles, and work together effectively as a community to address the issues.Further information about the presentations is available at https://youthlinkcalgary.com/gangs_education/.Media advisory:YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre Executive Director Tara Robinson, Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal and Calgary Police Service Acting Deputy Chief Cliff O’Brien will be available to speak to the media at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.This availability will take place at the YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, located at 5151, 47 Street N.E.Youth that are attending summer camps at the centre will also be present.Excerpts from an interview with a convicted gang member who shares the reality of what life is like inside a gang and how he recruited youth from Calgary, will also be shared with the media.
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Youthlink Calgary is proud to support Toy Angels 2013, Encana Corporation, Lite 95.9 and the Salvation Army’s annual holiday toy drive in support of Calgary’s less fortunate families.
Youthlink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre has been engaging and empowering Calgary’s youth to make confident and positive choices surrounding some of life’s greatest challenges since 1992.
Delivering content in a dynamic, interactive format and maximizing use of technology, in a way that speaks to youth “in their own language” Youthlink teaches Calgarians about current issues youth may face in Calgary to allow them to make positive choices and become responsible citizens.
Youthlink’s physical space is closed as a result of the June flood. Wherever possible, programming is being offered online or through outreach programs until the new Youthlink facility opens at Police Headquarters early in 2015.
Protecting and educating our youth on how to stay safe and be resilient is a societal issue. Youthlink is grateful for support (financial, advocacy, manpower and endorsement) from the community to continue the valuable work it does for Calgary’s youth.
The Encana Family Event in support of Toy Angels takes place this Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Calgary Police Headquarters, 5111 – 47 St. N.E. Youthlink Calgary, along with numerous Calgary Police Service Units, will be present at this event.
Additionally, new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any Calgary Police Service location until December 20, 2013.

CALGARY—Thousands of youth in southern Alberta will benefit from having the legends of golf, led by 2013 Presidents Cup captains Fred Couples and Nick Price, battle it out for the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic title at Calgary’s Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, August 28 – September 1, 2013.

Couples and Price will lead a field of 81 of the top PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour players into Calgary that includes some of the sport’s greatest names from around the world including: Mark Calcavecchia; Steve Elkington; David Frost; Jay Haas; Hale Irwin; Tom Lehman; Sandy Lyle; Rocco Mediate; Larry Mize; Mark O’Meara; Kenny Perry; Jeff Sluman; Craig Stadler; Hal Sutton; and Bob Tway. For a complete list of the field to date, please visithttp://www.shawcharityclassic.com/players.php.

“This is an incredible line up of athletes that have all been a part of some of the greatest memorable moments in the game, and are sure to put on a great show for all Calgary golf fans to enjoy,” said Sean Van Kesteren, tournament director, Shaw Charity Classic. “This impressive list confirmed to play in Calgary includes four World Golf Hall of Fame members, 15 are winners of the PGA TOUR’s major titles, and more than half of the field has combined to win 357 times on the PGA TOUR.”

The stars of the Champions Tour who have booked their tickets to the Stampede City are the best in the business with 28 of last year’s top-30 money leaders in the field, 46 of the players committed have won a combined 250 titles on the senior circuit, and 22 of them have hoisted Champions Tour major trophies.

Equally important is the strong connection the greats of the game have with Canada. Led by Mark Calcavecchia, who has a special place in his heart for Canada after winning the 2005 Canadian Open and the 1997 Greater Vancouver Open, nine former winners of the Canadian Open will tee it up at Canyon Meadows. One of Calcavecchia’s two Champions Tour victories also came in 2012 at the Montreal Championship.

Three Canucks will also look to have their names etched in the Shaw Charity Classic trophy. Canadian golf icon, Dave Barr (Kelowna, B.C.), will join Champions Tour regulars Jim Rutledge (Victoria) and Rod Spittle (St. Catharine’s, Ont.). Barr and Spittle are the only two Canadians to have won on the Champions Tour.

“We are thrilled the home crowd will have a trio of Canadians to cheer on in Calgary. Dave, Jim and Rod are incredible players and great ambassadors for the game in Canada,” said Van Kesteren. “A field this deep for a first year tournament reflects the hard work and commitment of the patron group, our title sponsor Shaw, and the Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club.”

In addition to providing elite golf to Calgary, the Shaw Charity Classic remains true to its goal of raising money to support children’s charities across southern Alberta.

Tournament officials also announced that “All In” for Youth, a United Way led initiative, and YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, funded by the Calgary Police Foundation, will round out its youth-based charitable partners for the 2013 event.

“All In” for Youth has three main focuses: keeping youth in school; bringing youth back to school; and connecting youth to a diverse array of further education and career options. With one in four Calgary youth not completing high school, the charity¹s goal is to reduce Calgary¹s dropout rate by 50 per cent over the next five years.

YouthLink Calgary educates youth about crime and its consequences, the role of police in society, and demonstrates how fulfilling tomorrows are built on sound lifestyle choices today. Issue-based topics provide a springboard for parents and educators to begin discussions with their children about sensitive and timely topics such as Internet safety, how to handle bullies, how to say no to peer pressure involving drugs and alcohol, and how to recognize the many faces of exploitation and abuse.

The Shaw Charity Classic has committed $1.25 million in donations to local charities. Other charitable partners include: Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, and KidSport Calgary.

In July, the patron group – a philanthropic team comprised of Tournament Chairman Clay Riddell, Vice Chairman Allan Markin, as well as Keith MacPhail, Jim Riddell, Guy Turcotte, and PGA TOUR professional Stephen Ames, – expedited its philanthropic efforts in advance of the tournament by donating $250,000 to the Southern Alberta Emergency Relief Fund to support helping with the rebuild following last month’s devastating floods.

Tickets for the Shaw Charity Classic are available online at www.shawcharityclassic.com. Youth 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.