Rachel Gibbs is my hero. She works with Peel Regional Police with the media unit. She was one of the police officers who ran the YIPI program which I was apart of in the summer of 2015. Everyday she created new and challenging activities to ensure I got the most out of my experience. She taught me that policing is "1001 jobs" and made me realize that policing isn't just about crime. She helped me understand that one of the most important parts of policing is building relationships within the community. Working together with the community contributes to a safer environment.
As one of our daily activities we went to The Journey which is a neighbourhood centre that helps children, youth and adults to take positive steps in their life. To this day I continue to volunteer with The Journey because she taught me to always give back to the community. Through out the summer she taught me to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone. There are many decisions you have to make in highschool and its hard to always make the right ones. Due to Rachel's dedication and commitment she impacted my life by helping me chose the right path in life. Rachel is an excellent officer to look up too and learn from. To this day we still keep in touch and she continues to encourage me to chose the right path. Words can't explain how thankful I am to have Rachel in my life. Rachel is my hero. Rebecca Reid-Smith, Peel Region