APF president Kevin Boonstra and Chief Const. Mike Serr thank the crowd for attending the inaugural “Celebrating our Community” family day on Sept. 12, 2021. (Photo courtesy of APF)

APF president Kevin Boonstra and Chief Const. Mike Serr thank the crowd for attending the inaugural “Celebrating our Community” family day on Sept. 12, 2021. (Photo courtesy of APF)

Abbotsford Police Foundation highlights successes, challenges in 2020 annual report

2020 marked the 15th anniversary of the APF

The Abbotsford Police Foundation (APF) released its 2020 annual report on Sept. 24, highlighting the successes and challenges through a “year like that was like no other.”

The year marked the 15th anniversary of the APF, and was designed to be a year of celebration until COVID hit, said president Kevin Boonstra.

“Unfortunately, our plans changed, and we learned to adapt on the fly. Despite the challenges, we still managed to deliver some outstanding programs and initiatives alongside the AbbyPD including the restoration of ‘Carol,’ the vintage police cruiser, and the 25th Anniversary Collector Coin Series,” Boonstra said.

The sixth annual Crime is Toast Breakfast with Abbotsford’s police chief will go virtual for 2021, having to cancel the in-person function in the interest of public health.

The APF is also the selected recipient of the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre Trees of Hope campaign, which goes through 2022.

“It was a very difficult decision to cancel Crime is Toast 2021; however, we are planning a fantastic online auction to raise much-needed funding to support AbbyPD road safety initiatives. We also invite local businesses to ‘brand’ a Christmas tree at this year’s Trees of Hope campaign.

“It’s because of the support received from the citizens of Abbotsford that we are able to fulfill our mandate of building positive relationships, connecting police with the community and funding engaging AbbyPD initiatives.”

The APF was founded in 2005 as a charitable foundation working with the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) to provide programs to the community.

While the APD can’t directly receive financial contributions from the public, the APF is an avenue for the community to help support their police force. The APF provides a charitable receipt for every qualified donation over $100.

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Vintage police cruiser “Carol” supported by the APF. (Photo courtesy of APF)

Vintage police cruiser “Carol” supported by the APF. (Photo courtesy of APF)

Const. Zawadsky and PSD Jero give a demonstration at the inaugural “Celebrating our Community” family day on Sept. 12, 2021. (Photo courtesy of APF)

Const. Zawadsky and PSD Jero give a demonstration at the inaugural “Celebrating our Community” family day on Sept. 12, 2021. (Photo courtesy of APF)