2020 Nominees

David Stewart (3)

It is my privilege to nominate Dave Stewart. He is a perfect example of an on-duty difference maker. Dave came to my daughter and son-in-law’s home in their time of crisis in dealing with their teenage son. With an open mind and a compassionate willingness to help this family get through a time of need, Dave was able to diffuse a highly combustible situation. He has appeared at their home on more than one occasion following up with empathy, conversation and concern for the family. Dave was a light at the end of a dark tunnel for this family restoring faith in the local police. God bless you, Dave Stewart. You are a local hero for which your help will never be forgotten. For that, I thank you.

Wes Brown (1)

I'd like to nominate Officer Wes Brown of the South Simcoe Police Service (SSPS). Wes is a genuine, down to earth person who takes on a lot of roles at SSPS. His commitment to his community and keeping us safe is unwavering and constant! Not only is Wes on SSPS Marine Patrol, but he is also the lead in their Training Unit and ERU. A true "Cops Cop", Wes is admired and respected by all his peers and commanding officers. 

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Evan Harrison (4)

Constable Evan Harrison has been and is an outstanding leader in the London community. He volunteers countless hours towards children. He volunteers at schools, hospitals and coaches sports. He is approachable and always in a positive attitude. We want to thank you for making our children aware and safe. It's comforting to know that there is someone looking out for our kids in this community. Keep up the amazing work!

Darrell Blakely

Detective Cst. Blakely goes above and beyond his responsibility as a Police Detective Cst. on a daily basis. His empathy towards those that he works with, is second only to his work ethic which is admirable. Detective Cst. Blakely approaches every case he works on with his full attention and ensures that everyone he is involved with is treated with respect regardless of their role.

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Cst. Abdul Zalmay

Abdul and Ranger are an amazing team within the Waterloo Regional Police Services. The team has been actively fighting crime in the city, including playing a role in fighting the opiate crisis. They also do a lot of public engagement activities.

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Special Constables Michael Bednarek & Susanne Kelly

On Jun 12th, 2019, Special Constable Bednarek and Special Constable Kelly were driving West Bound on Laurier Avenue Ottawa, returning to the Court House. They were waived down by frantic pedestrians as a suicidal male had climbed over the railing of the bridge on Laurier and began wrapping an extension cord around his neck, the other end of the cord had been tied off to the bridge. Both Special Constables exited their work vehicle and ran toward the suicidal male. 

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Sandy Staniforth (1)

Staff Sergeant Staniforth has helped me personally through so many tough times regarding my mental health. She not only does her job thoroughly, mindfully and meticulously, but she goes above and beyond and does it all sincerely from her heart. There is definitely nobody like her and although I recognize this everyday, I think others should too.

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Rebecca Elliott

I have a child that attends a school where Officer Elliott is a school safety officer. My kids adore her. I see her there often interacting with all the children - she is such positive person. My son told me that she will spend her lunch at the school to play some basketball or just sit and talk with the class. The lessons and impressions she leaves with the students is invaluable. 

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Sgt. Melanie Jefferies

Sergeant Melanie Jefferies rerouted my life and ultimately my recovery after disclosing a childhood secret.

For 20 years I was committed to keeping my childhood kidnapping, sexual assault and near death a secret, convincing myself that nobody would believe me. I was at a point of a mental breakdown before coming forward and Sergeant Jefferies demonstrated incredible empathy and integrity towards me and my struggles. She is honest and trustworthy and was more of a therapist than my actual therapist was during the court process.

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Andrew Stanley

Constable Stanley is a member of the London Police Service (LPS) and has worked in the K-9 unit for several years. Constable Stanley is a dedicated police officer working diligently alongside his K-9, Rukus and is responsible for numerous arrests of criminals in the City of London. I have seen Constable Stanley speak at a public demonstration about how the K-9 Unit is an effective part of the LPS. He is very passionate about his job.