On Saturday, March 4th, 2017 our Transit Police Officers and civilians took the Plunge, The Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Canada.
This annual event takes place at Kitsilano beach in Vancouver, with the support of other police agencies and organizations, Polar Plunge participants are #FreezinForAReason raising money in support of adults and children with intellectual disabilities providing the opportunity to participate and excel in sporting activities.
Transit Police have supported Special Olympics BC in a variety of ways over the past number of years, from fundraising through the BC Law Enforcement Torch Run, an overtime drive for personal donation by staff, an annual golf tournament and of course this event – the Polar Plunge.
Transit Police surpassed their fundraising goal for this event, however if you’re interested in giving back and supporting a great cause or learning more, check out the Transit Police Polar Plunge page.
Author: Sarah Kertcher
Every year, TransLink participates in Take your Kids to Work Day.
Kids aged 14 are invited to job shadow their parents or come along on a guided tour at BCRTC, CMBC and Transit Police to explore future workplace opportunities.
Some of the grade nine students on the job for Take Your Kids to Work Day
This year we had 52 grade nine students take part in this event and it was a big success and not just the day!
The Canada’s Outstanding Employer Award recognizes employers for their outstanding performance and contribution to Take Our Kids to Work day activities.
Criteria for the award includes:
- Promoting the importance of staying in school
- Promoting pursuing post-secondary studies
- Demonstrating creativity and innovation through engaging and exciting activities for visiting students
- Supporting and explaining career choices and benefits of early career exploration
It was a very competitive process, but TransLink, along with 14 other outstanding organizations, stood out to the selections committee.
TransLink and its operating companies were chosen “For providing students with engaging and interactive opportunities to explore career options and learn about TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company, BCRTC and Transit Police as a future workplace. Students were given a tour of TransLink’s new Mark III train and received an in-depth look at technology that powers TransLink trains. They even got the opportunity to work with a K9 unit in Transit Police and the Fire Prevention Technicians that oversees fire prevention across the transit network.”
TransLink is honoured as an Enterprise to accept Canada’s Outstanding Employer 2016 Award for our participation in this annual event of fun, learning and exploring transit jobs.
We can’t wait until next year to host more eager students looking to get behind-the-scenes job experience in the world of public transit!
Author: Adrienne Coling