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Build a Bike with Rick Osborne

IMG_2282small.jpg Upon assuming the role as Chief of Police, Frank Elsner made a commitment to the youth of Greater Sudbury.  Since then numerous initiatives have been undertaken by the police service following through on this commitment. The Greater Sudbury Police Service has established a Chief's Youth Advisory Committee, and convened awareness and consultation forums to develop local strategies to address illegal gang activity and substance abuse within our community.

The Greater Sudbury Police Service has a new initiative to address youth crime, drug abuse, and the threat of illegal street gangs establishing a footprint within our community.
The venture is a motorcycle re-build, led by Rick "Ozzy" Osborne to engage local youth. Ozzy's Garage was created by Astwood Strategy Corporation.  Developed by gang experts Michael Chettleburgh, Rick Osborne and Andrew Bacchus, the Ozzy's Garage program is founded on the two premises that redemption is possible and that we can reach and work with some high risk and gang-involved youth better through a non-traditional, fun and highly unique skilled trades program as compared to a typical community-based intervention.

 The project takes place in the gym at St. Albert s school on Raphael St. The project is open to anyone to drop by, have a chat with Rick, or help work on the bike.

Biography

Rick Osborne Rick Osborne is one of Canada's leading gang experts and is Astwood Strategy Corporation's Director of Mentorship as well as co-founder and director of Astwood's Ozzy's Garage program. Rick's story has been well chronicled in the media and it is this story of redemption that allows him to speak with unmatched credibility and power with youth involved with gangs or at the margins of gang membership. As a teenager in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Rick was victimized bRick Osborney a group of heroin addicts who injected him, against his will, with a "speedball" containing
 methamphetamine and heroin. This set him upon a course of drug addiction and in turn, street gang involvement, which ultimately led to his entrance as full patch member into one of the world's largest and powerful "one-percenter" outlaw motorcycle clubs. As a result of his criminal activity, at age 21 and with Canada's most wanted status, he entered the federal penitentiary system where he went on to spend 24.5 years of his life in prison across 33 different institutions from coast to coast.

In 1993, after breaking free from drug addictions, he began to reform his life and leave behind his gang affiliations, and was one of the few federal inmates in maximum security in Canadian history to earn a University degree (B.A., Psychology, Queens University) while incarcerated. After leaving prison a decade ago, he dedicated the rest of his life to talking to children and youth about the dangers of gangs, drugs and criminal activity.   


Vision: "To deliver an intervention/prevention initiative to youth who are vulnerable to gang recruitment in our community." Rick Osborne


Mission: "To provide a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to re-build a custom motorcycle to local youth alongside Rick Osborne, a master mechanic who will at the same time act as a peer mentor, life skills counsellor, and reality-based advisor."


Goals:

  • Educate youth and parents on the dangers of gang involvement through local community presentations to area schools and community partners.
  •  Provide sports and recreation activities to youth in attendance, including self-defence and martial arts
  •  Provide life skills and character education programs.
  •  Provide parent/youth counselling
  •  Provide assistance with academic credit recovery, return to school, and obtaining employment participating in the program.
  •  Mentor capacity building.
  •  Provide drug and alcohol addictions or abuse counselling in group or one-on-one sessions.

Sponsors

Platinum ($6000+)

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Gold ($1000 - $6000)

Greater Sudbury Police Hockey Team & Sudbury Professional Firefighters Local 527 Hockey Team
Radisson Hotel Downtown Sudbury
Sudbury Catholic District School Board
St. Albert's Adult Learning Centre
Topper's Pizza

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Silver ($200- $999)

Council for Exceptional Children - Sudbury Chapter #503
City of Greater Sudbury
Crosstown
Dr. Kristie Gerhardt
Freedom Riders
Northridge Savings & Credit Union
N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre
Sudbury & District Health Unit
Subway
M&M Meats
YMCA

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Bronze ($15 - $199) 

Giant Tiger
Real Canadian Superstore
Food Basics (Notre Dame)
Food Basics (Lasalle)

 

Partners with Greater Sudbury Police Service

Better Beginnings, Better Futures
Christ the King Church
Crimestoppers
Greater Sudbury Police Service Chief's Youth Advisory Committee
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre
St. Albert's Adult Learning Centre
Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY)
Sudbury & District Health Unit
Sudbury Catholic District School Board
Youth Initiatives, FKS Inc

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