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I started this program because I  believe that providing opportunities for young offenders to learn positive behaviour in order to make amends for their actions is the right path for long-term success. As I was once a youth in conflict with the law and since then turning my life around, I am determined to assist at-risk youth to reintegrate into society.


Program Founder, Dilan Adil Manek


I hold a Bachelor of Social Science in Criminal Justice along with a Diploma in Police Foundations. My post-secondary education and life experience have provided me with the knowledge and experience to meet the needs of working in the criminal justice field.


I have the privilege of serving as a local Firefighter within my township and to work inside a maximum level correctional facility as a programs officer where I am able to put my passion to use by helping offenders reintegrate into the community as contributing members of society through engagement, support and pro-social programming. In addition, I have demonstrated my commitment for public service as having served as a proud member in the Canadian Armed Forces. I believe that at-risk youth can learn the essential traits of becoming a productive young adult with the right supports, mentorship and adequate leadership. 


Program Founder, Dilan Adil Manek

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Public ceremonial duties with Chief & Deputy Chief

of Fire & Emergency Services

CBC Radio Here & Now :

Bridges By Books was invited by CBC Radio to speak in regards to the program and the impact it has on the community. 

Youth Friendly Designation


In March 2020, the City of Brampton received the Platinum Youth Friendly Community designation from Play Works, a program supported by Parks and Recreation Ontario.


Bridges By Books was selected as one of  youth organizations and service partners in the community that contributed to this designation granted by the province of Ontario.

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