2021 Nominees

Kurtis Labate

Hamilton Police Constable Labate is a community role model. Despite his quiet and reserved nature, he ensures that he shows up to work, on time, for all of his shifts, and puts in maximum effort. He would never brag or ask for recognition, which is precisely why he deserves it. He is just one of many unknown heroes who have dedicated their lives to the protection of the community and the upholding of the law...

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William Watts

In the time that I have known him, OPP PC Watts has shown a special dedication to the OPP Child Seat Program. He volunteers his time and efforts to several of the Auxiliary-run clinics at the Toronto and Port Credit (Mississauga) Detachments, and Community Clinics put on by other Partner Agencies such as Halton Region Public Health and car seat initiatives in Peel Region. PC Watts’ involvement has gone beyond just being a Child Seat Technician to also include his being a Certified Child Seat Technician Instructor where he volunteers his time to teach others.

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Guy Peters

I first met Barrie Police Constable Peters when I had to call police to my home involving my daughter who has autism. He treated both of us with respect and his efforts were noticed. He attended a few times after that with a stronger rapport due to familiarity. The next time, he attended in plain clothes as a member of the COAST TEAM (community support/ mental health) - I couldn't think of a better person to be a member of that team. 

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Aaron Casselman

I nominate Ottawa Police Service Officer Aaron Casselman for Service Beyond the Call of Duty. On February 17, 2021, my home was broken into during the day by a former acquaintance who acted violently in the past towards me. This individual left a cell phone charger and other possessions in my home, prior to my requesting that he leave the day prior. I informed the individual that he was required to have a member of the OPS accompany him to retrieve his possessions. 

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Amy Birtch

I have been working as a Housing Stability Worker for Street Level Women at Risk for three and a half years. I believe London Police Service Sergeant Amy Birtch has been an incredible contribution and instrumental asset to the successes of our Program. I also believe her role working on the streets in the City of London has built a bridge of invaluable trust while breaking barriers for those most vulnerable and at risk. Sergeant Amy Birtch is shinning example of serving with community excellence.

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Greg Streng

OPP Officer Streng came to my home when my son had a mental health breakdown. He was kind, calmed my son down and helped him to get the help he needed. We've been trying for over 10 years to find help for my son and Officer Streng did it all in one day - took my son to the hospital to make sure he'd get the help, and brought him home again after the hospital released him. In my books, that's going out of his way for someone he doesn't even know except the 30 minutes he spent at the house and 30 minutes driving him each way. Thank you, Officer Greg Streng.

Joseph Zaina

Cst Joe Zaina is with the Thunder Bay Police Association and I am nominating him for being compassionate and having much empathy. Constable Zaina understands that a lot of people in Thunder Bay go through incredible hardships. He shows compassion while still remaining professional. Constable Zaina has always shown a lot of integrity. He will go above and beyond and will never ask for a reward in return. Constable Zaina is wonderful with the youth in our community. He actively listens, remains calm and remains non-judgmental.

Matt Roberts

Over the years, I feel Brantford Police Officer Roberts hasn't received the credit he deserves. As a troubled youth, this officer has made not only mine but multiple youth in the community lead to better life choices. Instead of profiling a situation, on numerous occasions he comes in with a level head and numerous times has de-escalated violent situations. He's also really good to talk to in the community and he's all about seeing youth succeed and not make poor decisions... 

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Greg Schaus

Barrie Police Service Constable Greg Schaus is the first face you see walking into the Barrie Police Station. He is a dedicated and caring person which is clear from the moment you approach him. He handles all the walk in reports, and makes sure the that your concerns are addressed and noted to make your experience dealing with police to be a positive one. He is always the calm voice of reason responding to all the concerns of our community through the Station Duty Office. 

Marc Taraso

I'm writing this submission to nominate Constable Marc Taraso of Halton Regional Police. I've known Marc for many years now. He used to be a community mobilization officer in my area. He was also responsible for a large portion of organization of services at public events near me. Over the years, he's personally shown great compassion and empathy towards my situation of life. 

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