If you’re caught walking or biking to school, or doing good deeds around the community, you could be rewarded.

Whitchurch-Stouffville bylaw officers are handing out positive tickets as part of the town’s new campaign, which is designed to encourage good deeds through rewards and recognition. The campaign is being launched in memory of Linda Mainprize, a longtime town employee who served as municipal law enforcement manager. She began planning the campaign before her unexpected death in June.

“Sometimes people are intimidated by our uniform and we just want everyone to know that we are making Whitchurch-Stouffville a fun and safe place to live, work and play,” says bylaw officer Sandra Brunton. Patrolling officers are watching for kids and parents who properly use crosswalks and crossing guards, park in proper areas near the school and not in fire routes, or even walk or bike to school.

Positive tickets will also be issued for doing good deeds around the community and being an overall good neighbour and citizen. Teachers, parents and neighbours can call the bylaw office when they notice a good deed being done and an officer can administer a positive ticket. Bylaw enforcement can be reached through the customer service centre at 905-640-1900.

Each positive ticket can be redeemed for a free leisure pass, which includes free drop-in visits for skating, swimming, spin class and much more. They can also be redeemed as a buy-one-get-one-free ticket for the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre or 19 on the Park. The passes expire on August 31, 2019. Some conditions apply. Visit townofws.ca/whatsnew to learn more.

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