Orangeville Police supporting 2018 Cops for Cancer fundraiser

April 27, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Mike Pickford

The Orangeville Police Service (OPS) is all in when it comes to supporting its 2018 Cops for Cancer fundraising initiative.

Officially launched this week, the event is being put on to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. With an initial fundraising goal of $10,000, several local officers have already signed up to make the ultimate sacrifice in having their heads shaved.

“Cancer has touched everybody in one way or another and we are happy to be able to play a small role in the fight against this widespread illness,” said Chief Wayne Kalinski. “We are grateful for the ongoing support of our generous community.”

Chief Kalinski has already agreed to take the plunge, says Orangeville Councillor Nick Garisto, who explained the event to the rest of Council on Monday night. While individuals will be out in the community over the coming weeks attempting to raise money, the event itself will take place on May 26. A special ceremony will commence at 10 a.m. outside Town Hall, where the councillor himself will do the honours in shaving the heads of all those participating.

“It’s a fantastic cause. It’s going to be a good day,” Mr. Garisto said.

As is often the case in Dufferin County, early support for such a worthwhile cause has been strong. Several other local emergency response personnel have committed to the cause, to the point that Coun. Garisto may have more than a dozen heads to shave come May 26.

In terms of community support, OPS says the public can help out in a variety of ways. Cash donations can be made online at the Cops for Cancer Orangeville 2018 webpage, by contacting Constable Scott Davis at 519-941-2522 ext. 2221 or, or by attending the Orangeville Police Service in person.

“Our hope is that the community will support our campaign at any level that they can,” Const. Davis said. “There are close to 30,000 people in our community. If we received even a dollar or two, from half of our residents, it would be a fabulous accomplishment.”

OPS is challenging its community service partners and local businesses to register teams to achieve ‘Top Fundraiser’ status. To register a team, visit the Cops for Cancer Orangeville 2018 web page at At press time, two fundraising teams had been registered, with the Orangeville Police Auxiliary Unit so far raising $2,790 and the Orangeville Court Team raising $180.

Woman charged in residential break-in

Orangeville Police have arrested and charged a 21-year-old female with several offences as a result of a reported break-in at a Bythia Street residence last Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, April 18, at about 6:40 a.m., the female complainant woke up to noises in the kitchen of her Bythia Street residence. Investigating the noises, she discovered that someone who had been in her house ran out of her garage door. A witness walking by at the time gave a description of the person seen running away from the residence.

The resident called police and officers apprehended a female matching the description a short distance away.

As a result of the investigation, Kristen Marie Parlette, 21, of Orangeville, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and failing to comply with a probation order. She was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

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