Police seek suspects after purse snatched from senior
Turning girls into leaders
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Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact Cornwall police at 613-932-2110 or Crime Stoppers at 613- 937-8477. Here are some safety tips from the Corn- wall Community Police Service.: Plan your route and avoid short cuts through parks, vacant lots or unlit areas. Don’t carry a large sum of money or unnecessary valuables. Use cash alterna- tives such as debit cards. If you carry a purse, place the strap di- agonally across your body. If someone grabs your purse, do not resist. If you can, avoid being alone, bring a friend to accompany you. RE/MAX CORNWALL REALTY INC.
Anew$170,400project hasbeen launched to give local girls a leg up on leadership. The two-year project administered by the Eastern Ontario Training Board is targeting girls from age 15 to 17 for a multi-faceted program aimed at giving them the skills needed to take leadership roles in their communities. The funding, which was announced at the EOTB offices Thursday by Guy Lauzon, MP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, will be open to 25 successful applicants. “We know young women in Cornwall have what it takes to be leaders, and we want them to have opportunities to learn, to be mentored, and to gain skills and confi- dence for success,” said Lauzon. “Through this project, the organization will help participants gain important lead- ership skills, and learn how to take on the challenges of leadership at the civic and community levels.” The program’s four components aimed at training and inspiring teenage girls to take on leadership roles were laid out by proj- ect manager Diane Soucie during the press conference. “Anyone who applies will be in- terviewed,” she stressed. The first component will address the ele- ments of a strong community and explore the interests of the participants. The second component will place participants on a lo- cal board “so they can see how a board of directors works.” The participants will get to hear inspira- tional leadership stories and will also spread their stories to schools and youth groups in the third component. The final and possibly most dynamic component will see program participants shadowing municipal council- lors in the run up to the October 2014 mu- nicipal election Soucie said the program will give young women “a real good grounding and a real good understanding” of how to take lead- ership roles in the community. “They get a real solid feeling of that dimension.”
Cornwall police are seeking the public’s help after at 72-year-old woman was a victim of a purse-snatching incident on Feb. 15. The robbery occurred around 7:30 p.m. along First Street between Pitt Street and Augustus Street. Two men approached the woman, grabbed her purse, then fled east on First Street, according to Cornwall police. The elderly woman did not suffer any in- juries. The suspects are described as Caucasian men, average height, wearing dark cloth- ing. One man had a grey hood.
Denis Thibault, executive director of the EOTB, told The Journal more progress must be made to encourage women to take on leadership roles in their community. “It’s trying to break away from the old ap- proach,” Thibault said after the press con- ference. “The old boys’ network idea is not something that is dead yet.” The program was announced by Lauzon on behalf of Rona Ambrose, minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women. “The government of Canada is taking con- crete action to develop the leadership skills of girls and young women across Canada,” said Ambrose in a press release issued after the press conference. “The Eastern Ontario Training Board has designed an outstanding project that will help young women become the leaders of tomorrow.” The government of Canada has approved more than $4.8 million to date in funding to organizations to carry out projects that promote leadership and economic prosper- ity among girls and young women. Success- ful projects were chosen following a call for proposals on the theme Setting the Stage for Girls and Young Women to Succeed, is- sued in June 2012. Diane Soucie during a press conference announcing a new program aimed at grooming teen girls to be leaders. Photo - Greg Kielec
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