2021 Nominees

Mark O'Connell

I want to nominate Constable Mark O’Connell of the Guelph Police Service. An 18 year veteran of the Force, he chooses the downtown beat. Mark knows everyone downtown... the business owners and the homeless. He knows them all by name. They respect him. He doesn’t try to arrest the problem but is constantly finding and suggesting ways to get these people help. Constable O’Connell is a model for Community Policing. I attach the following article describing who Mark O’Connell is much better than I can. He’s making a real difference in downtown Guelph.

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Tori Lean

Cst. Tori Lean is a Halton Regional Police officer who works in recruiting. She has helped me in so many ways even though I wasn't successful in the application process. Tori is an inspiration, a great motivator, and a mentor. Tori believed in me even though sometimes I wasn't confident in myself. Tori has made me a better person, and when I become a police officer, I aspire to be the kind of police officer she is, serving the region of Halton. She continues to be a great support system for me as I continue to work on myself and get better.

Ahmad Ahmad

If there is one person who I think needs to win the Community Role Model Award, it is both Hamilton Police Officer Ahmad and Police Horse Lincoln with the Hamilton Police Mounted Unit. They are always out and about doing a wonderful job interacting with the community and keeping the streets of Hamilton safe and sound. I don't know about you, but I think Lincoln deserves lots of apples! And a big thank you to Officer Ahmad for always being a community role model!

Heather Dalton

Durham Regional PC Dalton is amazing with youth. She's always around to help and solve problems. She's always encouraging young ones. PC Dalton has had a huge impact on both my children. Because of her and her kind words, and never giving up on them, my daughter has gone from 300 pounds to 190lbs and still going. And, my son, well he has changed and has not gotten into trouble. He is now taking programs, going back to school and getting employment. So thank you, PC Dalton, for never giving up on my children.

Jamie Day

I'd like to nominate Cornwall Police A/SGT. Day for his community involvement! He puts a tremendous amount of effort and time into the Cops and Kids Fishing Day - from helping to put together the event, seeking out equipment through donation/etc., to assisting the participating youth so that the day is enjoyable for all. 

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Sarah Groenewegen

Sarah is the smiling sunshine of the Kingston Police. She is also our Mounted Police Officer, representing the City in so many ways. Her constant best attitude and presence is incredible. The responsibilities of a Mounted Officer start early and end late in the day, and all of this while representing the uniform with honour. Her presence is felt whether in a car, on foot or on horseback. 

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Sean Winzar

I am nominating York Regional Police officer Sean Winzar. Over 10 years ago, I was a victim of a crime. I had called the York Regional Police for help. But when Sean Winzar responded, I had changed my mind and wanted him to leave. Sean knew I wasn’t ok, blocked my vehicle so that I couldn’t leave. I was in tears and shaking. In the freezing cold, he got out off his car with no jacket on and tried to talk to me. 

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Allison Lamb & Matt Scott

Durham Regional Police Cst. Allison Lamb is the reason I am here today. She and Cst. Matt Scott, who also deserves this award, have helped me through the toughest time of my life. They brought me to the hospital and stayed by my side through everything, and I’m still able to talk to them today. They didn’t give up on me and they let me know that people are here for me even if I think they aren’t. They are amazing people and I think they truly deserve this award. Heroes don’t always have capes.

Casey MacGregor

As principal of a Secondary School, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Cornwall's Constable Casey MacGregor these past several years, and the photo included with this submission speaks volumes to Casey's true character. Casey is a cheerleader and champion for our community youth! As principal, I have witnessed Constable MacGregor go above and beyond his role as a police officer, to become a mentor, positive role model and caregiver to some of our neediest and most vulnerable students. 

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Alice Czitrom

Alice Czitrom is a civilian member of the Peterborough Police Victim Services Unit and is the primary handler/trainer of the PPS Facility Dog, Pixie. Alice has spent countless hours to organize, research and develop this program within the Peterborough Police Service. With clear goals and her passion in working with the community in mind, Alice and Pixie provide a much needed calm, comfort and compassion to the citizens of Peterborough.

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