Every year, Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) counts on the efforts of more than 100 specially trained volunteers. As mentors, tutors, drivers, childcare workers, respite providers and fundraising assistants, our volunteers are critical to the success of our programs. From April 6th to 12th, we join with the rest of Canada’s volunteer sector to celebrate and thank our volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Keep reading to learn more about Jessica and her various contributions to PCC as a member of our volunteer team.
Acting Sergeant (22 Division) Jessica Roselli became a police officer 19 years ago because she wanted to give back to the community. “Being a police officer is about more than fighting crime,” she says. “It’s about giving back, too.” She first heard about PCC when she was working in the Special Victims Unit and worked closely with members of PCC’s Child Witness team. PCC’s commitment to helping children tugged at Jessica’s heart and she knew this was an organization she wanted to be involved with.
For the past five years, Jessica has advocated for PCC in a variety of ways. She bowls annually in our major fundraiser, Cosmic Bowl, each May, and until recently was involved in our Mentorship program for over a year, meeting weekly with an 8-year-old girl to work on self-esteem, social skills and homework. Today, alongside Constable Lee Whidden, Jessica co-chairs Peel Regional Police’s Mother’s Day Brunch fundraiser. All of the proceeds from this event are donated to PCC.
Over the years, Jessica has gained an even greater appreciation for the relationship between mental health service providers like PCC and law enforcement, and she continues to play a big role in my making her fellow officers aware of the services PCC offers by conducting training sessions and presentations. Jessica is an example of truly generous spirit, and her willingness to jump in wherever and whenever she can to help further PCC’s mission is greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in becoming a part of our volunteer programs at PCC, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Linda Buchanan, at 905-795-3500 ext. 2260 or use the online form available on our website.