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TBPS Board welcomes new member

Incident Date: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 16:00
Location: 
Thunder Bay
Date Published: 2017-12-20

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The city’s police service board has a new member.

Celina Reitberger was sworn in as a member of the Thunder Bay Police Service Board during a public meeting Tuesday morning. A former executive director of Nishnawbe Aski Nation Legal and a Fort William First Nation member, Reitberger becomes the board’s provincially appointed member.

“What I hope to accomplish is building bridges,” Reitberger said following her first meeting as a board member Tuesday.

“I have a lot of information about the challenges that Indigenous people face and I hope that I get a chance to bring those to the fore in this position.”

Reitberger, who has more than two decades of experience as a private-practice lawyer, said she also appreciates the complicated and challenging nature of a police officer’s work.

“Policing is an incredible task,” she said, adding “the challenges the police face with the gangs, drugs and situations that they’re faced with is just incredible.

“I think we have to acknowledge that they have an incredible job to do and say ‘how can we help them do it better?’”

Reitberger said she hopes she can help by giving the board and service a better understanding of some of the people they serve.

Jackie Dojack, Thunder Bay Police Service Board Chair is confident Reitberger can do just that. Dojack believes Reitberger brings valuable perspective to the board not just as an Indigenous person, but also as someone who has worked with Indigenous organizations.

“I think you saw from some of her questions when she had been sitting at the table for just a few minutes that she is really going to bring that Indigenous perspective to us,” Dojack added. 

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