Andrew Gough - London Police Service

Sergeant Gough exemplifies exceptional leadership within his community, serving both as a dedicated police sergeant with 23 years of service and as a Captain in the military which he has served since 1999. His commitment to safeguarding the community through law enforcement and protecting the nation through military service sets a remarkable example for others to follow.

In 2019, Sergeant Gough took part in a campaign within his police service that challenged the stigma of mental health challenges. The ‘Stronger than you know’ campaign shared his and others' stories of mental health struggles to combat the misconception that such struggles signify weakness. Through his journey, he discovered that seeking help is a testament to true strength. He received the Sacrifice Medal for injuries sustained by hostile action/act of terrorism while deployed in Tripoli, Libya during Operation LOBE in 2014. These injuries, along with a career of being exposed to and involved in dangerous and traumatic situations, led to his diagnosis of PTSD in 2015. He is also a mental health advocate and was named the 2019 Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex “Champion of Mental Health” for his work and openness to share his story of injury and recovery as an emergency services member.

Sergeant Gough decided to use his experience to serve the community of veterans and first responders by launching a Federally Registered Not-For-Profit organization, Veterans and Everyday Heroes (V-EH). The organization’s mission works to ensure veterans and first responders receive the support they require to achieve and/or maintain mental and physical wellness. In addition to veterans, V-EH supports nurses, doctors, fire, police, 9-11 dispatchers and EMS.

Sergeant Gough's unwavering dedication to duty, integrity, and altruism in the face of adversity inspires those around him to strive for excellence and make positive contributions to society. His tireless efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of his community members, coupled with his compassionate approach to serving others, make him a true role model.

Sergeant Gough's leadership is characterized by his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty. He fosters a sense of trust, transparency, respect, and unity among his peers and the people he serves. His commitment to excellence and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good make him an invaluable asset to the community and a beacon of hope for future generations.