Commissioner Fantino Encourages Public to Contribute to Book Drive
ORILLIA, ON, Jan. 24 – Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino today encouraged the public to play an active role in supporting the Lieutenant Governor’s Book Drive, an important initiative aimed at improving literacy among Ontario’s aboriginal children.
“Many of us take having books to read for granted, yet ready access to libraries with a variety of books isn’t the case in many of Ontario’s remote aboriginal communities,” said Commissioner Fantino at the OPP Eric Silk Library at General Headquarters. This is the second time Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman has reached out to Ontarians to donate their new or gently used children and youth’s books. The first book drive in 2004 was a resounding success, with books being provided to 143 First Nations and 26 Native Friendship Centres in Ontario.
“The Lieutenant Governor’s appeal for books for children is such an important initiative because it will help ensure that Aboriginal youth have books to read in their communities and also because it makes it easy for all of us to play a part in making this a reality,” said Commissioner Fantino.
OPP detachments across the province will continue to accept books during business hours until the drive ends on January 31, 2007. “There is still time to donate,” said Commissioner Fantino, “so please drop off your books at any OPP detachment.”
Other partners in the book drive include the Canadian Forces, Toronto Police Service, the Retired Teachers of Ontario and community volunteers who will collect, sort and deliver the books. The anticipated date for books to reach designated communities is March 2007.
For further information: Constable Pam Higham, OPP Corporate Communications Bureau, Phone: (705) 329-6740