"Going to Camp Brombal was such a great, positive experience. I had never been to camp before. It was so much fun," said Berthiaume. "And now it's refreshing to be going back to help out. I've been there and been in that position, so it's all come around."
Camp Brombal, now in its 13th year, is run by Windsor Police Service and allows about 40 selected youth from the Grade 6 VIP program from across Windsor-Essex the opportunity to attend a weeklong camp for free. It is a way for WPS to build stronger, more positive ties with local youth and is a chance for some underprivileged youth to attend camp – who might otherwise not have be able to.
"This partnership is quite significant," said Const. Shane Renaud, who runs Camp Brombal. He said usually each year, a sergeant who also served in the navy would do the cooking for the campers and officers, but he's retired now.
"We all put our heads together and thought that the greatest place, in our opinion, to go to for help was St. Clair College," explained Renaud. "We are aware that St. Clair is very proactive in teaming with members of the community and looking for real world application for their students. We felt this partnership was essential to meet both of our needs."
Culinary Management Faculty Mike Jimmerfield said Berthiaume and two other students will be in charge of cooking the meals at this year's camp, and will be credited for a portion of their required internship hours for their work. This partnership allows them and future students the chance to get real-world experience and a way to put their skills to good use in the community.
"It's a really, really good opportunity for them," said Jimmerfield. "To meet the demands in a camp environment, there will be a lot of restrictions and problem solving that will take place."
During an announcement of the partnership at St. Clair's Eatery 101 on Tuesday, Windsor Police Chief Al Frederick said he couldn't be more proud of this new partnership with St. Clair's Culinary program.
"I appreciate so much that this is going on at the grassroots level," said Frederick. "And partnerships like these are born from our frontline people – people that are always looking out for the best interests of our organization and those that we serve."
St. Clair President Dr. John Strasser is honoured that St. Clair students are able to support such a great initiative for youth in our community.
"I think this is important from a partnership viewpoint in terms of what we can do to help people, and the culinary team here is a natural fit when it comes to helping people," said Strasser. "If we can partner with Windsor Police Service and other members of the community, we can do what we can to help a lot of people that need our help."