Lonnie Wishart was recently recognized for her efforts to reduce crime in Prince Rupert.
Crime Stoppers saluted their best from 2013 at the annual Crime Stoppers Symposium in Kamloops on May 3, recognizing individuals and organizations that went above and beyond to make Crime Stoppers successful in their communities.
Wishart was recognized with the Civilian of the Year award for a population under 20,000, which is given to civilians serving on the board of their local program and provide selfless devotion, persistent service and significant contributions to the volunteer organization.
Wishart has been part Prince Rupert’s Crime Stoppers for about five years, and has enjoyed every moment of it.
“It doesn’t feel like I do work. There’s a great group of people on the board who are a lot of fun and are open to new ideas,” she said.
“I don’t feel like it’s my award, I feel like it’s all of ours because it takes the whole group.”
Prince Rupert RCMP spokesperson Const. Matt Ericson said the detachment is thankful of Wishart’s efforts and congratulates the volunteer on her acknowledgement.
“Throughout the 2013 year Lonnie dedicated herself tirelessly to the Prince Rupert Crime Stoppers Program, and has done a phenomenal job. Through her enthusiasm, drive and creative talents Lonnie has designed Crime Stoppers shirts for youth, school poster contests, and had a leading role in developing a Crime Stoppers promotional video,” said Ericson.
Wishart said the group is running low on funds in its coffers, currently having about $1,500 in its coffers. The average tip payout is $400 but can reach up to $2,000.
“Everything we do comes from fundraising efforts,” she said.
In the future the local Crime Stoppers unit wants to raise more awareness among young people and in surrounding communities. Volunteers hope to erect signage in six First Nations villages, as well as host community and school presentations.
“All of us are just volunteers that are trying to make the community safer and better,” she said.