Diversity Advisory Committee Bursary

Sponsored by the Greater Sudbury Police Service

The Greater Sudbury Police Service would like to recognize outstanding Grade 12 students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, inclusive practices and cultural acceptance in their school and/or community. This bursary is made possible through the Greater Sudbury Police Service's Diversity Advisory Committee.

Diversity is defined as gender, education, age, employment, language, ethnicity, cultural background, family status, geographic location, country of origin, life experiences, intellectual and physical ability, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs and sexual orientation.

Inclusion is defined as creating a work environment guided by fairness, respect, equality and dignity and therefore ensures the creation of strategies and mechanisms designed to address ongoing issues of diversity.

Cultural acceptance is defined as a person’s ability to respect and value diverse points of view and to be open to others of differing backgrounds or perspectives. In addition, it refers to the person’s ability to understand and respect the practices, customs and norms of individuals, groups and cultures other than their own.

Details about the Bursary:

The Greater Sudbury Police Service will be awarding one bursary of $1,000 for each of the four school boards within the City of Sudbury, totaling $4,000 for the community. The bursary will be for student completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The Bursary may be used for expenses associated with post-secondary education, trades school, or apprenticeship.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a current resident of the City of Greater Sudbury;
  • Must be earning an Ontario Secondary School Diploma by June 2024;
  • Must be able to articulate how they have served as a champion of change by demonstrating a commitment to diversity, inclusive practices, and cultural acceptance in their school and/or community;
  • Must provide their secondary school transcripts to support their application;
  • Must have demonstrated good academic standing throughout their years in secondary school;
  • Consent to the publication of their name by the Greater Sudbury Police Service (if awarded the bursary);
  • Each applicant must submit a minimum of one (1) letter of support and a maximum of five (5) from a teacher, guidance counsellor, school principal, volunteer supervisor, employer and/or community leader.

Submission Requirements

All submissions must outline how the applicants have served as a champion of change and how they have promoted awareness of diversity, inclusiveness and cultural acceptance in their school and/or community.

Each applicant applying must demonstrate involvement in their school and/or community activities and contribute to improving their community/school with positivity and perseverance.

Submissions can be presented in various formats:

  • Essay: between 750 – 1000 words
  • Video: 5 mins in length and must be in common formats (e.g. MP4, AVI. etc.)
  • Poetry
  • Song
  • Visual Arts

How to Apply:

A completed application will be submitted to Greater Sudbury Police Service. An application can be submitted in the student’s first language.

Applications will be accepted until noon on Friday, June 14, 2024. The applicants awarded the bursary will be contacted by Wednesday, June 26, 2024.

This bursary is awarded annually. The Bursary Review Committee reserves the right to distribute one bursary per school board or no bursary in the respective submission year if the quality and quantity of submissions warrant this decision.

Please refer to the Diversity Bursary Submission Checklist to ensure that you are submitting a complete application. Incomplete submission packages will not be considered.

Greater Sudbury Police Service's Diversity Advisory Committee thanks you for your application.  Only those selected for the bursary will be contacted.  Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.

Complete application packages and mailed documents can be sent to:

Diversity Advisory Committee

C/O Equity Diversity and Inclusion Unit

190 Brady Street

Sudbury Ontario

P3E1C7

Or via email to: EDI@gsps.ca 

For submission of larger files, please indicate in your email and a link will be forwarded.

About the Diversity Advisory Committee

The Greater Sudbury Police Service strives to build and sustain strong partnerships and relations with community members and groups.  Our goal is to ensure a diverse and inclusive approach in serving the community collectively.  We are committed to listening, learning and transparency through continued engagement.

The Greater Sudbury Police Service invites applications from citizens and community organizations interested in participating on the Police Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC). 

Since 1990, DAC has been providing advice and counsel to the Office of the Greater Sudbury Police Service Chief of Police with respect to matters relating to race relations and multicultural concerns/issues within the City of Greater Sudbury as it relates to policing. This year, DAC celebrates 32 years of serving as a critical link between the Police Service and the diverse communities of Greater Sudbury.  We proudly celebrate our open lines of communication and strive to improve relationships in a transparent and respectful manner by better understanding cultural traditions and customs.

Why You Should Join the Diversity Advisory Committee:

Make a difference in the community. Be a voice to the Chief of Police. Increase friendship circles, lead inspiring and motivational opportunities in the community and have fun!

 Responsibilities
 
  • Enhance, enrich, and when required establish positive connections between the office of the Chief of Police and the multiracial/multicultural communities within the City of Greater Sudbury.
  • Provide counsel to the office of the Chief of Police on matters related to multiracial/multicultural issues affecting communities within the City of Greater Sudbury.
  • Assist in the assessment of the implementation strategies to promote equitable multiracial/multicultural representation throughout the various positions within the Greater Sudbury Police Service.
  • Foster and environment of trust while building a culture of understanding and respect.
  • Participate on promotional assessment panels when requested.
  • Promote outreach community engagement with the police and the public.
  • Identify and respond to issues of concern.
  • Assist in the assessment of operational policies to ensure Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Promote events that will support the purpose of Greater Sudbury Police Diversity Advisory Committee.
  • Continue efforts to promote inclusivity and build healthy relationships with students and newcomers new to our community.
  • Encourage open dialogue with members of the multiracial/multicultural communities and the Greater Sudbury Police Service.
  • Provide input into GSPS cultural awareness and sensitivity training.
 Duties of Members
 
  • Attend Committee meetings.
  • Prepare for the meetings by reading related materials.
  • Participate actively in community events and internal processes.
  • Keep informed on roles, responsibilities and activities of the Advisory Committee.
  • Serve on sub-committees or ad hoc task committees as may be appointed.
  • Share information/concerns as appropriate.
  • Notify the Chair if unable to attend meetings.  

The Committee generally meets quarterly from September to June hosted at Police Headquarters. Committee membership includes representation from community organizations, citizens and youth. As part of the consideration process, a criminal records check is required.

The Greater Sudbury Police Service is committed to providing a supportive work environment.  There are policies and practices in place for accommodating members with disabilities. 

Should you require a specific accommodation during your volunteer service please advise the Human Resources Branch.

Individuals who share Greater Sudbury Police Service vision of working to improve community safety and the well-being of people living in the community are invited to submit an application to be considered for membership on the committee.

If you are interested in joining the Diversity Advisory Committee please e-mail gsps.hr@gsps.ca.