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December 4, 2016
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Laurier special constable wins community award for bicycle-recycling program

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May 11/12

Every year, several bicycles are abandoned on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Rather than taking them to the landfill, Sergeant Rick Cousineau of Laurier’s Special Constable Service saw an opportunity to help children in need.

Three years ago Cousineau started a bicycle-recycling program at the university. In partnership with Elmira District High School and the Community Action Program for Children of Waterloo Region, discarded bicycles on campus are delivered to the high school where students repair them. The bicycles are then distributed to local children.

Cousineau has been awarded a Community Involvement Award for his initiative by the Optimist Clubs of Waterloo Region. He will receive the award at the Clubs’ annual Respect for Law dinner on May 22.

“Not only is this program environmentally friendly, but it is a great way to assist children in the community,” said Rod Curran, director of Laurier’s Special Constable Service. “This is a great initiative and allows our service to reach out and work with other community organizations. Rick has done an amazing job developing this program.”

To date, 70 bicycles have been donated to Elmira District High School. Students were able to repair 28, which have been distributed to children in the community.


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