2022 Nominees

David Borgal, Ontario Provincial Police

My very special #policehero hero is an OPP 911 Dispatcher by the name of David Borgal, who works out of the Orillia headquarters. Yes, I am a little biased as he is my son, but I have watched him become not only a good dispatcher, but a wonderful inspiration to others! It gives me pride to see him interact with coworkers, the outside of work volunteering he does for our local theatre group and the countless amount of overtime he puts in at both! David is a quiet, but well spoken individual who is willing to help out wherever and whenever needed. His many accolades at work from his superiors makes me even more proud of him. He may not put himself in harms way like the officers do everyday, but he has surely helped many from being harmed!

Sergeant Mark McGugan, London Police Service

Sergeant Mark McGugan of the London Police Service has been an Officer for many years. He is a hard worker, extremely dedicated and he cares about the community. He has been involved in the London Torch Run for many years, raising lots of money along with other officers. His recognition is well deserved.

Mary Gagliardi, Ontario Provincial Police

Mary's title may be Community Safety Officer, but she wears many hats. She talks about normal safeties like her "Lock it or Lose it" program and speaks to teens at the local high schools. She is also Haldimand's broadcaster, reporting on the all happenings, both good and bad. She is straight to the point and speaks well. She focuses on water safety, which is very important in Haldimand due to the speed of the Grand River, the undertows of Lake Erie and, in the winter, those dangerous ice mounds that no one should walk on. She has been on the force for almost 23 years and is a role model to any young women considering a career in policing.

Greg Francis, Brockville Police Service (4)

Greg Francis is an absolutely an amazing police officer - most definitely Brockville's biggest community role model. He does anything for the community, whether it's raising awareness about bullying, the use of Narcan and spreading mental health awareness around the community. He's one of the greatest officers to talk to for personal advice and how to keep doing better.

Adil Khalqi, Brantford Police Service

"Adil is my idol! I'm 16 years old and I literally want to be like him. I want to make a change in the community, and I want to inspire kids like me in the future, just like he's doing right now. His job looks very rewarding and I hope to one day get into the police academy."

Michael Lamothe, Ottawa Police Service

Sergeant Michael Lamothe and his team including detectives Mazzarotti, Paradis, Vanderwater, Quesnel and McLaughlin were instrumental in our family's plan to find our missing son/brother. We spoke everyday and went over any new developments with this professionally engaged and caring team. The plan to keep our son/brother's profile and name current and in the news, and to keep the public informed was a daily grind. This amazing team helped us focus, they covered all leads and kept us up-to-date.

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Brent Sedgwick, Cobourg Police Service (2)

Officer Brent is always there for the public. My little granddaughter always hopes to see a police officer!

Cory Fernando, Owen Sound Police Service (5)

Cory Fernando is the Identification Officer for the Owen Sound Police. Her colleague, Jason Helm, is a Special Constable with Owen Sound Police, and has Cystic Fibrosis. He has gone into liver failure and has been placed on the transplant list. Cory took it upon herself to get tested and found out that she is compatible. A portion of Cory's liver will be removed and given to Jason. This will take place February 16, 2022. Cory has gone above and beyond by saving the life of a fellow co-worker. Giving part of her to someone else is amazing. Way to go, Cory!

Brad Adams, Hamilton Police Service (90)

Brad has been outstanding in his fight against acute plasma cell leukemia multiple myeloma, raising huge sums of money for the Juravinski stem cell unit and making people aware of the importance and need for stem cell donation. All of this in honour of his beautiful wife, who just lost her fight with this horrible disease. 

Ahmad Ahmad & Police Horse Lincoln, Hamilton Police Service

Officer Ahmad and police horse Lincoln always set a prime example as community role models every day. They go to the local hospitals and visit everyone outside to cheer up the patients, and Officer Ahmad always brings Lincoln by to see me every few weeks. I know there are many others out there who deserve this award as well, but this year, I'd love to see Lincoln and Ahmad get it because they are both truly amazing community role models each and every day.