REGION 2 HISTORY THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN IPA MEMBER
The Canadian Section was formed in London, Ontario in 1960 by Rev. Charles Wright and recognized by the IPA international body in 1961. IPA Canada has 13 branches or regions spread throughout the country.
The IPA creates an opportunity for cultural exchange and contacts on a local, national and international level. The IPA is a tremendous organization for members and their families who wish to travel to IPA member countries. The IPA offers something a travel agency cannot as nobody knows the city or town like the police officer who lives and works there.
Members are often extended courtesies, offered assistance and given tours that would not be normally available. If you are a traveler seeking fun and excitement in far off places, you will be pleased to know there will be a police officer there to advise and guide you.
IPA HOUSES AND ACCOMODATIONS Our association owns or controls many villas and homes throughout the world where accommodations are made financially reasonable to members. Member travellers find police officers universally have a lot in common, and love to share their stories and experiences with fellow officers. Travel contacts globally are an important part of the IPA, but are only one type of service that is offered.
YOUTH EXCHANGE The IPA offers youth exchange programs. Our families are an integral part of our association. You have the satisfaction of knowing that another police officer and their family are looking after your children while they are experiencing culture and language of another land.
International Friendship Week vacations are tours and experiences planned and chaperoned by a member country to show case their domain. Hungary, Israel, Sweden, Japan and Australia have planned Friendship Weeks in 2012.
HOBBIES Hobbyists such as stamp and insignia collectors get connections world-wide and there are Ham Radio operators, pen pals and e-mail contacts for the asking. Local regions also have social functions, dinner meetings, guest speakers, picnic trips and guest hosting, there are endless possibilities at the local level.
CONTESTS At present there is a number of IPA sponsored essay/short story competitions, photo contests and scholarship opportunities open to members. Regular newsletters and e-mail fanouts are provided to keep members updated on international IPA events and issues. A membership pin and passport, recognized throughout the world, are provided to each member.
Sound interesting? You bet it is! For more information please e-mail Debbie and Dave Carey,
Membership Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting with IAP Wolfburg Germany chapter - September 2015. (Photos: Tom Rataj)