2021 Nominees

Carolyn Pennie

Carolyn works as a civilian police service member in direct entry at the Sarnia Police Service. She started a not-for-profit organization called Bare Necessities Little Lunches. When COVID-19 hit and closed schools last year, children who previously had breakfast clubs and nutrition programs to enjoy at school suddenly didn’t have these programs. Her aim was to bridge that gap during the pandemic and offer this program to children in their homes. The program took off and has provided nutrition to children over the last year.

Paul Mamak

Around the year 2010, Sarnia Police Staff Sgt. Paul Mamak and his wife Tracy Moore were having breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Cambridge. He immediately jumped in and saved a woman's life when she started choking on some food. He's a real hero that deserves to be recognized! In 2019, he also opened up Blue Line Pub as a place to honour first responders. He's very active in his community as well. 

Lyndsey Pilkington

Cst. Lyndsey Pilkington with the Sault Ste Marie Police Service is the epitome of someone we would want all our daughters to strive to be like. She is always smiling and so very nice. She takes time out to speak with the kids, make sure that they’re OK. She had to come to my daughter's dance studio as there was a call to find someone who had entered the studio that was dealing with drug and alcohol issues. As she was doing her search, she stopped into the dance class and asked the girls if they could show her their dance. She told them they were great, and to always be kind to one another. It’s these little things that make someone memorable. She is a great role model for young girls!

Gary Bezaire

Det. Gary Bezaire with the London Police Service is an outstanding human being. He’s a board member on a not-for-profit organization called Dad Club London, which helps fathers and their kids to become better people and build a brighter community. He volunteers his time supporting the low income kids basketball and baseball program. His passion for giving back and positive energy is outstanding. Seeing him in our community has made my 6 year old want to be a police officer when he grows up.

Derek Foote

Constable Derek Foote of Durham Regional Police is a frontline hero! Derek goes above and beyond in his role. Derek has been an officer for roughly seven years with DRPS. Within the last few years, he has experienced very challenging work and has saved many lives. Derek is a positive role model for any aspiring police officer. He has a passion for helping vulnerable populations and puts others needs before his own. 

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JP Hobbs & Kristen Southgate

Guelph Police Service Constables Kristen Southgate and JP Hobbs gave some money to a homeless lady for a coffee as well as something to eat along with purchasing some footwear and socks for her. These two officers deserve a nomination! Above and beyond service!

Image credit and further details: https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/small-act-of-kindness-by-guelph-police-officers-goes-a-long-way-1880202

Chabine Tucker

I nominate Sergeant Chabine Tucker from the Ottawa Police Service, for many reasons, mainly his commitment for the City of Ottawa, and its communities. Chabine is definitely a community role model, an inspiration, a great motivator, and a mentor. Chabine is also the team lead of the OPS Hoopstars. He gave me the opportunity to volunteer with the Hoopstars organization, and be more engaged within my community. 

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Rosana Souza

In January 2016, I was the subject of a traffic stop performed by OPP Constable Souza. I was new to the country and ignorant to most laws. On that day, I received multiple suspensions and court summons along with a well deserved lecture. My poor choices brought a great deal of financial and emotional burden to my family. The enforcement actions taken by Constable Souza served as an eye opener and a life altering event that helped me make rewarding and fulfilling life choices. Thanks to her actions, I have become a more responsible operator and it has encouraged me to pursue my soon-to-begin career in law enforcement.

Sue Newton

Working with individuals in the criminal justice system, I am always impressed at the way St. Thomas Police Sgt. Sue Newton goes out of her way to develop a rapport with the individuals despite their involvement in the justice system. Sgt. Newton's rapport with the people in the justice system goes a long way to making people feel comfortable attending court.

Jason Drobnich

I am nominating Hamilton Police Officer Drobnich for his commitment and respect for Indigenous peoples in Canada. He is a liaison and initiates multiple initiatives for Indigenous people in Hamilton and the surrounding areas. He also uses his personal time and money to help various at-risk Indigenous peoples during the course of his work as SOCO for HPS. At a time of such division with our Indigenous communities, Jason’s work is much appreciated and needed.