David Pickles

"Our youth are important to me as a parent, Councillor and resident.  I have worked and will continue to work closely with them and organizations that support them to improve opportunities for youth.  I supported our schools when they needed to expand and improving safety in out neighbourhoods such as new playgrounds, sidewalks and lighting where they walk and play.  We are continuing to improve facilities and programs for youth in our city.

I often have the pleasure of speaking at youth, school and cultural events, and am involved in a number of partnership initiatives with the city such as Communities Against Violence Everywhere and True Sport to recognize youth and to help them reach their potential.

Some of the more memorable youth venues I have participated in are: the grade 12 graduation, I am the Change, and presentation of the City of Pickering scholarship events at Pine Ridge Secondary School; the Durham Tamil Youth Association event on Youth at Risk; as Keynote Speaker at the Glengrove Public School Career Day, and the Remembering with our Youth at the Altona Public School on Remembrance Day to name a few."   - David Pickles

Supporting Our Youth
Letter of Recognition for Supporting Durham Youth Council
September 2012
Councillor Pickles receiving letter of recognition
Councillor Pickles is presented with a letter of recognition for his support of the Durham Youth Council by Durham Youth Council Chair Kurtis McAleer (left).

Letter of recognition from the Durham Youth Council for Councillor Pickles continued support.

Winner of the Best Nature Photography Category
at the Annual St. Mary Catholic Secondary School Art Show
Mrs. McDavid and Jessica Lemieux & Councillor Pickles
Pictured here, Councillor David Pickles with Jessica Lemieux, Winner of the Best Nature Photography Category at the Annual St. Mary Catholic Secondary School Art Show and Department Head Mrs. McDavid.  This year's Art Show is entitled “Art Matters” suiting the ideology of several of the young artists.  They use artistic freedom as a tool to express their interpretations of issues that matter to them and to explore passions they are just beginning to experience.
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School Thank You Letter
November 2011

November, 2011

Dear Mr. Pickles

On behalf of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School, we wish to thank you for the generous donations you provided for our recent fundraising initiative...

Read the entire letter here.

Inaugral Meeting Durham Youth Council
September 22, 2011
Councillor Pickles at Inaugral Meeting Durham Youth Council
Councillor Pickles and Councillor Dickerson were pleased to attend the inaugral meeting of the Durham Youth Council (Councillor Pickles and the Youth Council pictured above) on September 22, 2011 at the Pickering Public Library.
For more information on the Durham Youth Council,
visit their WEBSITE or their BLOG.
Pickering Power Green U16 girls recognized in council
July 13, 2011
U16 Girls Soccer Team
Submitted photo
PICKERING -- Members of the Pickering Power U16 girls' soccer team were honoured by Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan and members of council for their 2010 national championship victory.
July 2011

PICKERING -- The Pickering Soccer Club U16 girls were recognized by mayor and City of Pickering council for winning the 2010 Canadian National Championships.

The players captured the championship by defeating Montreal Extreme in the final with a resounding 4-1 victory.  This is the umbrella tournament for Canada's premier amateur soccer competitions.  The 2010 championships featured 12 competitions in six venues, with more than 3,000 players, staff and officials.

Mayor Ryan presented the team with a certificate of recognition and sport chairs for every player with their winning title screened on the back.

Included in the presentation were Mayor Ryan, and players Kayla Adams, Katelyn Arathoon, Colleen Beesley, Tessa Edwards, Rachel Hoekstra, Madeline Iozzi, Ashley Nater, Danielle Pierce, Nichelle Prince, Chanice Rhoden, Danielle Rotheram, Diarra Simmons, Amani Thomas, Paul DeAbreu, Lola Leon, Mario Iozzi, Phil Frampton, Gino Sgovio and Nina Cancellara.  Players absent were Katharyn Avery, Margaret Carmichael, Lauren Henderson, Noelle Leon-Palmer and Tamara Orlando.

Westcreek Literary Guild - May 10th, 2007
Westcreek Literary Guild 2007
Councillor Pickles Receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Westcreek Public School for his participation in Westcreek's Literary Guild

Free Teen Programs and Events

Free Teen Programs:

The City of Pickering is the only municipality in the Durham Region to offer teens a consistent schedule of FREE weekly recreation and leisure programs.  The free program schedule is offered year round to Pickering teens between the ages of 13-19 and provides a choice of over 15 programs per week in a variety of locations throughout our community.  Free programs include breakdancing, basketball, games room (Play Station 2, foosball, pool, air hockey), skateboarding, movie nights and girlz nights.  These programs are primarily unstructured and are led by City of Pickering Youth Coordinators and Youth Leader staff.  The programs are offered at two municipally owned and operated youth centres located at East Shore Community Centre and Petticoat Creek Community Centre, all three Pickering high schools (locations more easily accessible to residents in south Pickering), and Claremont Community Centre (locations more easily accessible to teens in north Pickering).  The City of Pickering is committed to providing barrier free recreation and leisure opportunities to our young people and that is why our weekly schedule of programs are free and offered at a variety of locations which are accessible to Pickering teens.  Our approach in providing free teen programs has proven successful with nearly 7,000 teen participants in 2003.

Free Teen Events:

The City of Pickering is the only municipality in the Durham Region to offer a regular schedule of FREE teen events.  The City of Pickering offers a schedule of events on the first Saturday of each month excluding July and August (where the monthly event is offered during a week day).  Events are not typically offered in September and January as they are busy times for schools and students and participation was found to be low.

During the school year, the City of Pickering offers these free monthly events at the Petticoat Creek Community Centre.  Often, these events are coordinated with the City's Pac4Teens Youth Council.  In the summer, the events are offered outdoors at Princess Diana Skate Park.  Often, these summer events are offered in partnership with the Youth Centre and the Town of Ajax.

Examples of the City's free monthly events include Teen Band Night, Coffee House, Break Dancing/Hip Hop competition, Pickering Teen Idol and Skateboarding competitions.  Once again, to eliminate any barriers to participation, the events are free to Pickering teens.  In the past, the City of Pickering has also provided free shuttle bus service to and from events - for 5 key events per year.  Paid duty officers from the Durham Regional Police are hired to be at all events to support City of Pickering staff.  Often times, youth service agencies (ie. YMCA youth employment centre) are welcome to attend and outreach their services to Pickering teens.

The City of Pickering actively looks for opportunities to incorporate teen activities in our community events.  For example, the City hosts an annual Artfest on the Esplanade Event in partnership with the Pine Ridge Arts Council.  This event is an outdoor art show and sale and includes performing arts on stage, free children's and free teen art activity area where teens can create art.  The City of Pickering also hosts an annual Canada Day event which includes family, seniors, children and a free teen entertainment area featuring basketball, teen bands, inflatables for teens.  Pickering service clubs provide some financial support these Canada Day activities.

In 2003, the City of Pickering attracted over 3,500 youth participants in our teen event schedule.

Durham Tamil Association on youth at risk

Councillor Pickles with students
Councillor Pickles was pleased to attend, along with Durham Region Police and speak at a forum held in September, 2006, by the Durham Tamil Association on youth at risk.
Afterwards, Councillor Pickles speaks with some of the youth participants.
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Communities Against Violence Everywhere - CAVE

Reported incidents of violence and crime across the Greater Toronto Area led City of Pickering Councillors to seek out positive initiatives to address growing community risks.

I am pleased to be working with various community sectors, to initiate strategies to combat such problems but to also recognize and support those - including the many youths - who are making a positive difference in the community.

Through CAVE we held the first Community Forum, in November 2005, which gave Pickering residents the opportunity to learn about anti-violence and anti-crime initiatives.  The forum included panel members representing youth, multicultural organizations, Durham Regional Police and the Pickering business community.  Forum attendees were invited to speak about their experiences and concerns.  Over 130 residents attended the Community Forum.

Key issues that were raised included:

  • Criminal Justice System & Policing
  • Education
  • Lack of jobs
  • Media & Communications
  • Bullying
  • Character Building, Changing Attitudes & Accountability
  • Programs for youth who have recently been released from detention centres
  • Domestic violence
  • Parenting

Early in 2006 we followed with the formation of the Communities Against Violence Everywhere (CAVE) committee and two sub committees on Youth At Risk and Business Communication consisting of a variety of representatives around Pickering.  The committee is working to monitor crime trends, implement programs and strategies and measure outcomes.

The Committee is looking at the existing strengths, gaps in service and recommendations for program development in Pickering with a goal of a safer more vibrant Pickering while showing support to other local communities.  Current initiatives that the action groups are working on include (but are not limited to):

  • Business Challenge - creating jobs for youth at risk
  • Creation of an interactive CD-Rom with comprehensive information on programs and services for both youth and their parents across Durham
  • Open forums
  • Creation of a Pickering Youth Strategy
  • One stop shop for youth
  • Motivational leadership program for youth
  • Informational surveys

Crime and community safety is a concern to all of us. Violence of any kind: domestic, racial, schoolyard bullying, religious or weapons makes victims of us all.

Glengrove Career Fair 2006

I attended the Glengrove Career Fair as the Keynote Presenter.

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Remembering With Our Youth

Councillor Pickles with students
Councillor Pickles reads "In Flanders Fields" with the Altona Public School Grade 6 class.
Councillor Pickles with students
Councillor Pickles with our youth.

Pickering Public Library Open House
October 21st, 2005

On October 21st, 2005 I attended an Open House at the Pickering Public Library to celebrate Ontario Public Library Week and the joint project of cooperation between the Library and the Chippewas of Georgina Island.

This very successful partnership between the two libraries helps to promote literacy to those who normally would not have access to the amount of material that is available to the residents in the City of Pickering.

The Pickering Public Library periodically redirects titles that are duplicated, donated or no longer needed to the Chippewas of Georgina Island Library.  In exchange, the Chippewas of Georgina Island assist Pickering in developing a First Nations collection and provide access to cultural resources.

The partnership received the prestigious 2004 Ministers Award for Innovation from the Minister of Culture.

Councillor Pickles with the Honourable James K. Bartleman


on Parliament Hill
Councillor Pickles
on Parliament Hill

Councillor Pickles was pleased to personally deliver to our federally elected representatives on Parliament Hill in August, 2000, the resolutions of 224 municipalities across Ontario who have spoken up for children by strongly supporting the City of Pickering Council's resolution against child pornography.

"I am pleased that 224 municipalities are supporting my campaign to ensure that the possession of child pornography remains illegal" stated Councillor Pickles.  "I am encouraging the resolve of our law makers on Parliament Hill and Queen's Park."

Councillor Pickles provided a personal letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, along with the 224 municipal resolutions of support, requesting her take appropriate actions to ensure that the possession of child pornography remains illegal. 

Councillor Pickles was in Ottawa on City of Pickering business to attend the annual meeting of the Association of Municipalities (AMO) who also supported and assisted in his campaign against child pornography.

Councillor Pickles later made a similar trip to Queen's Park to deliver the same message and 224 resolutions to the Premier.

Pickering's resolution was passed at its meeting of February 7, 2000.  Initiated by City Councillor David Pickles and seconded by City Councillor Dave Ryan, the resolution recognizes the protection of children as a highest priority and requests that the federal and provincial governments ensure that appropriate laws are in place to make possession of child pornography illegal.  Councillor Pickles has actively encouraged municipalities across Ontario and Canada to speak up for the protection of children from sexual exploitation by forwarding similar resolutions to provincial and federal law makers and himself.

"It is outstanding and reassuring that municipalities across Ontario agree that our utmost priority is the protection of children" said Councillor Pickles.  He repeated that he "doesn't believe that our Constitution is meant to protect child pornographers or that the Charter of Rights guarantees such hate against children" and he repeated that "the police and the courts must continue to have the authority to charge and prosecute child pornographers.  If we can't protect our children through such laws, we fail as a society."

The City of Pickering's resolution follows the earlier hearing by the Supreme Court of Canada of an appeal of two lower court decisions in British Columbia that found the Criminal Code law against possession of child pornography to be unconstitutional.  The Supreme Court is expected to release its decision later this year.

(see also Safer Neighbourhoods)

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