On Friday 17th February 2017, Serpentine PCYC Police Rangers Instructors Mary and Mark Warner were presented with Cadets WA Long Service Medals by the Member for Darling Ranges, the Hon. Tony Simpson MLA, in recognition of their 10 years of service to the Serpentine Police Rangers program.
Mr and Mrs Warner originally ran youth development activities at the PCYC for two years, which were funded out of their own pockets, before starting the Serpentine-Jarrahdale area’s first Police Rangers program in 2007. Reflecting on their 10 years of service, Mr Warner said he and his wife’s favourite memory was taking out a State Championship in the Police Ranger unit’s inaugural year.
“I must admit that we spent three months attempting to get out of attending the Police Ranger Rally as we didn’t want to pressure our members to perform, being only newly established – but our Rangers surprised us, themselves and everyone else when they took out the presitigious State Championship Drill Award… Not bad for a unit taught by a Mum and Dad! Our unit then went on to win a further two awards.”
Mrs Warner, who is also the Serpentine PCYC Centre Support Officer, said that her and her husband’s motivation for leading the Police Rangers unit was making a difference in the lives of young people.
“Our members are encouraged to work in teams and take on leadership roles within the unit, and they also undertake a number of volunteer roles at community events within the Shire. By exposing the young people to these things, they learn to be better individuals and to contribute to the community without being asked.”
Mr Warner added that “the most rewarding part of running the unit is passing on valuable, hands-on life skills to the young people. We hope that, by helping our young people learn to enjoy life and become better individuals, we help them progress seamlessly into adulthood.”
Mr and Mrs Warner said that they were proud of their achievements with their Police Rangers, with feedback from the community being that they are a great bunch of kids who are community-minded. Mr and Mrs Warner also thanked Mr. Simpson for his support of the program over the years.
The Serpentine PCYC Police Rangers meet Wednesday evenings from 5.30 – 7.30pm, with little to no cost for being involved. For more information, call Serpentine PCYC on (08) 9525 2734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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