Chester Borden was born and raised in Whitney Pier, a community he’s given back to throughout his entire life. The first African Nova Scotia Student Support Worker hired by the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board in 1999, Chester now serves as Executive Director for the Whitney Pier Youth Club. He truly enjoys working with children and youth, evidenced by his time as coach with several different sports teams and his volunteerism with the Children’s Aid Society as a mentor foster parent and respite parent. He is an avid baseball player who spent many years in the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League, where he was named MVP in 1993. In 2007, Chester was awarded the Jonathan Skeete Community Spirit Award in appreciation of his continued dedication to the youth of Whitney Pier.
Jules Gittens is most noted for his work with the New Waterford Salvation Army, where many see him sitting with the Christmas Kettle each year and canvassing door-to-door for the Red Shield Appeal. But his volunteerism reaches much further; an active member of the New Waterford Lions Club, he has held various executive positions and was recognized for his volunteer work in the community with the Lions Club International Lifetime Achievement Award. Born and raised in New Waterford, Jules was actively involved in the Negro Social and Religious Club in the 1970s, where the black community came together to share stories, rejoice and celebrate the success of the community and which still exists today.
“These two individuals have dedicated countless hours to serving others with no expectation for recognition, but simply because they care about people and about their community,” said Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac. “It is a pleasure to present this award to Chester and Jules, who are both such great role models and demonstrate the values Campy Crawford instilled in policing and in the community.”
The Cape Breton Regional Police Service established this award in honour and memory of Carl “Campy” Crawford, after his passing in 2003. A long time resident of Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia, “Campy” was well-known and respected by the community. He exemplified fair play and teamwork, and was a role model to many, always mindful of fairness, equality and a commitment to justice. “Campy” joined the Sydney Police Service in 1964, becoming the first black municipal police officer in Nova Scotia and east of Montreal. The award is presented annually to a recipient who exemplifies leadership and commitment to justice, fairness, volunteerism, sportsmanship and equality in their community.
The Campy Crawford Award Selection Committee includes: Sergeant Barry Gordon, Diversity Officer for the Cape Breton Regional Police Service; Eileen Smith-Pioveson, Human Rights Officer for Cape Breton University; Shannon Tarr, Human Rights Officer for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission; and, Scott Thomas, Diversity Officer for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
The award presentation will take place at the 14th Annual Harmony Breakfast, hosted by the Cape Breton University, CBRM Diversity Office, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and Cape Breton Regional Police Service at the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment – Friday, March 21st at 8:00 AM.