Det. Hanson was selected by the Kiwanis Club for his outstanding dedication and volunteer service to the community. For over two decades, he has coordinated numerous community activities and projects, and coached and mentored kids in a variety of sports.
As part of the award, the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton - Oil Capital is donating $1,000 to the Jambo Boxing and Fitness Center on behalf of Det. Hanson. Jambo was created by local boxer Jama Gaiye Hoday, who grew up in Africa, and wanted to provide young people with recreational opportunities in a safe environment.
Kiwanis has recognized 45 EPS officers for their outstanding volunteer contributions in the community since 1976. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton - Oil Capital, please visit www.oilcapitalkiwanis.ca.
About Detective Rocky Hanson
Volunteering is one of the most important aspects of life for Det. Rocky Hanson who has tireless served his community for close to 25 years.
Rocky joined EPS in 2009, and at the time he was already an active volunteer with the Burnewood Community League organizing numerous sports activities, social events and fundraisers.
His leadership as league president for 22 years has helped Burnewood residents create a more healthy, vibrant and inclusive community to live in, and together the league raised over a million dollars to develop two playgrounds and a multipurpose rink.
More significantly, Rocky helped establish the Spirit of Burnewood program to offer financial assistance for kids to be able to participate in recreational opportunities, and the Hungry Kids program to provide for the nutritional needs of school children, which have both greatly enriched the lives of families in the area.
Rocky has also devoted over 20 years to coaching and mentoring boys and girls in hockey, soccer, football, and boxing – helping them develop to the best of their abilities so they could be successful in athletics and in life.
Drawing on his years of coaching, community and policing experience, Rocky has also been helping local boxer Jama Gaiye Hoday with the Jambo Boxing and Fitness Center, to offer vulnerable youth opportunities to build self-confidence, stable relationships and healthy lifestyles.
Rocky Hanson is a caring and hard-working volunteer who has made a tremendous difference transforming people as well as neighbourhoods, and he exemplifies the true spirit of community that has helped build our city.