2017 Hero Award Recipients

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The Hero Awards, sponsored by Bell, celebrate Mississauga residents each year who have made extraordinary contributions to crime prevention in their community. Crime prevention is everyone’s business. the hero awards honour those who have made social and environmental changes to reduce criminal activity at home, at work and at play.

The 2017 Hero Award Recipients

Constable HEATHER CANNON (The Individual Hero Award)

Constable Heather Cannon is a 22-year veteran with Peel Regional Police, a lifetime City of Mississauga resident and former City of Mississauga employee. Cst. Cannon has shown her dedication to the community she serves from a crime prevention perspective throughout her career. The former 11 Division patrol officer has several outreach experiences in the Youth Education Bureau, as the YIPI (Youth In Policing Initiative) co-ordinator and most recently as a Crime Prevention Services officer.

Cannon has led several projects including the Cyber Academy, Leaders of Tomorrow partnership, Pedestrian safety campaign, Media appearances and Social Media contributions. She consistently exceeds expectations in delivery of service and professional embodiment.

Cannon has recently undertaken several complex CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) Audits on Places of Worship. Cannon instructs junior patrol officers in the fundamentals of CPTED as the lead instructor on the Level 1 course. One of her proudest accomplishments is her involvement with Cyber Academy. She organizes lectures, researches the ever-changing world of the online safety and identifies relevant topics and presenters. This free-to-the-public Cyber Academy continues to sell out every time and each attendee leaves having learned something relevant to the world they live in.

ERIN COURT CO-OPERATIVE HOMES INC. (The Community Organization Award)

Erin Court Cooperative Homes is key to our community primarily for an abundance of varied educational programming that they are able to serve their residents and children within the community. This local and accessible programming contributes to community safety as it is functions as upsteam crime prevention methods. Erin Court is run off a small but mighty management team and contributes 6 programs for the youth in the community. Of this team, Joshua Cyrus is a long-standing noteworthy volunteer Board Member and runs the Breakfast Program for the children during the school year. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, the children can eat a nutritional Breakfast inside the community room, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the children have a Bag-and-Grab snack days, where the children are provided with food to take to school.

There other programs include:

  • Breakfast Club (mentioned)
  • Boys and Girls Club Peel (M-F, supervised games, swimming, theme days and crafts)
  • Aspire, free tutoring (Wed evenings)
  • Visions of Science (STEM subject learning on Saturday mornings)
  • Pasta Nights (summer program; students learn to cook a meal once a week, Wed and Fri and group talks)
  • Annual Community BBQ (members of co-op, face painting, bouncy castle, food)

ILIJA DIMESKI (The Bell Canada Youth Award)

Ilija Dimeski is an avid advocate of human rights by constantly raising awareness and taking action on issues concerning the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Currently working at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, as a summer student, he provides free legal advice to individuals who have been discriminated.

Ilija has a deep commitment to working with those who are marginalized and are seeking more just solutions to social problems, which is reflected in his extensive involvement in a variety of community and campus groups, all of which have a social justice and advocacy focus. His role as the president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association at York University from 2014-2015 has given him the opportunity to advocate for human rights at his school and community. From 2013-2016 he has been a member of the board of directors at Armagh House, a second-stage shelter offering housing and support programs to women and their children who were victims of domestic abuse. Since 2014-2015 he has been a member of the board of directors at Connect 4 Life, a charity located in the Peel region that aims to empower individuals with disabilities. In addition, from 2012-2016, he has served as a Bail Court Recorded and a Public Education and Special Events volunteer for Victim Services of Peel. Victim Services of Peel works to provide immediate assistance to people in crisis across Brampton and Mississauga who have been victimized by crime or tragic circumstances. From 2013-2015 he has also served as a Safe City Ambassador for Safe City Mississauga. As a Safe City Ambassador he has contributed to Citizenship Ceremonies, community events, and Safe City’s annual events Justice Luncheon and Neighbours Night Out. From 2011-2015 he has been a volunteer for the Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association (MICBA), a leader among housing/social service and Long Term Care Home. Ilija was also instrumental in developing a program, “Classical Movie Night”, for the seniors at the Home. He has also helped set up the Italian Pavilion at Carassauga numerous times as MICBA is given the privilege of organizing it every year. Ilija was awarded the Ontario Volunteer Service Award by the Ontario government for years of dedicated volunteer service at MICBA. From 2013-2014, Ilija has helped in the construction of a house for Habitat for Humanity Toronto. Since 2015 to present he has been serving on the board of the Coalition for Persons with Disabilities, an organization that empowers person with disabilities through a work readiness program. Ilija has an immense passion to help those most in need and to constantly apply his skills into action in order to better serve the community as a whole. For his volunteer work he was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada.

From 2013-2015 he has also served as a Safe City Ambassador for Safe City Mississauga. As a Safe City Ambassador he has contributed to Citizenship Ceremonies, community events, and Safe City’s annual events Justice Luncheon and Neighbours Night Out. From 2011-2015 he has been a volunteer for the Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association (MICBA), a leader among housing/social service and Long Term Care Home. Ilija was also instrumental in developing a program, “Classical Movie Night”, for the seniors at the Home. He has also helped set up the Italian Pavilion at Carassauga numerous times as MICBA is given the privilege of organizing it every year.

Ilija was awarded the Ontario Volunteer Service Award by the Ontario government for years of dedicated volunteer service at MICBA. From 2013-2014, Ilija has helped in the construction of a house for Habitat for Humanity Toronto. Since 2015 to present he has been serving on the board of the Coalition for Persons with Disabilities, an organization that empowers person with disabilities through a work readiness program. Ilija has an immense passion to help those most in need and to constantly apply his skills into action in order to better serve the community as a whole. For his volunteer work he was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada.

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