Cops Help Kids Cast a Line

St. Thomas, ON: Local police officers will be helping kids cast a line this summer during the fourth annual Kids Fishing Day on July 12.

The derby, which is sponsored by Bear Adventures and the St. Thomas YMCA, will take place from 9:00 am to 2 pm at Pinafore Park for children 12 and under. Kids are asked to bring their own fishing gear, though bait will be supplied by Dixie Dairy Bar and Tackle Shop. There will be a limited number of rods and reels to borrow. A complimentary hotdog lunch will be provided by the St Thomas Police Service cooked by Oscar Jensen. The St. Thomas police officers will be available to lend a helping hand throughout the day. There is no cost to participate, but kids should preregister at the YMCA.

This event is part of the Canada-wide celebration, National Fishing Week, July 6 through 14. To learn more, visit

Also July 6 to 14: the annual Ontario Family Fishing Week. For one full week, Canadian residents can enjoy the fun of fishing in Ontario without the need of a licence!

The derby is sponsored by Fishing Forever, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding worthwhile fishing, conservation and education projects. It is also supported by Bear Adventures, YMCA of St. Thomas , the Police Association of Ontario, Canadian Tire, Dixie Dairy Bar and Tackle Shop, MNR – Aylmer, Shoppers Drug Mart – Edward St, St. Thomas, Catfish Creek Conservation Area, Van Pelts Office Plus, Wendy’s Restaurants, Deputy Fire Chief Oscar Jensen, the St. Thomas Time Journal, MYFM 94.1 and the St. Thomas Weekly News.

Fishing Forever chair Bob Izumi is an avid supporter of recreational fishing for both the young and the young at heart. “I love to create opportunities for children and families to go fishing,” states Izumi. “Fishing is one of the very best ways for parents and other adults to establish productive and healthy relationships with children.”

For more information, contact Kevin W. Morland at or 519-631-6184.

To learn more about Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire, please visit or contact Joanne Pellegrino at or 905 632-8679 ext. 224.

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