Award: On-Duty Difference Maker
Service: Waterloo Regional Police
Just before midnight on April 28, 2015, Constable Elizabeth Skelding responded to a domestic abuse call in progress at a house in Cambridge, Ontario. As her police cruiser approached, a female started coming down the driveway, with a male following close behind wielding a knife. Due to the proximity between the two, Officer Skelding first attempted to manually disarm the male as the use of her gun could have harmed the victim. In the ensuing struggle, the male stabbed Officer Skelding and continued towards his ex-girlfriend. Officer Skelding drew her weapon and shot the male to stop him from inflicting further injury to the victim or herself. While she was bleeding, Officer Skelding kept her gun on him until other officers arrived on the scene. Constable Skelding’s prompt actions saved the woman’s life.
Award: Community Role Model
Service: Chatham-Kent Police
Cst. Amy Finn has been with the Chatham-Kent police service for the past 30 years, and was the first female officer ever hired by the force. She received numerous nominations from people throughout the Chatham-Kent community praising her efforts to make the town a better place to live. She is a tireless volunteer for local initiatives such as soup kitchens, Goodfellows’ No Child Without Christmas drive, Cops for Cancer (for which she shaved her head), and so much more. She also takes a passion for instilling positive life values in the youth of Chatham-Kent, and many nominations credited Amy's dedication to helping them through challenging times as the reason they've become the upstanding people they are today. It is clear the people of Chatham-Kent are very proud to call Amy an active member of their community, both on and off duty. Though Constable Finn is soon retiring from service, her significant impact on the community will very much continue.
On April 16, 2016, at 6:32 PM, the Hamilton Police Service received an unknown 911 call for a report of shots fired coming from a residence in Stoney Creek. While en route to the scene, officers were given an update that a male was inside the residence shooting multiple victims.Read more
Dave Stewart should be the role model for all police officers. He is genuinely kind and compassionate, and truly cares about people. In a most recent difficult situation that involved my adult daughter, he conveyed calmness, understanding and respect. He certainly exceeded his "regular police duties" and I can't thank him enough.Read more
I have watched this amazing woman throughout her career from the first day on the job till today. She has given this job her heart and soul. She cares personally for each and every person she comes into contact with everyday. Keira is a huge role model for not only young people but everyone who knows her.Read more
Mark Hall is always there when you need him, is understanding and respectful, replies to messages in a short amount of time, and always tries to get you answers in a timely manner. He's a great guy - I wish there were more police like Mark Hall.
Scottie is a not only a colleague but a friend. A Police Officer for 15 plus years. During summer of 2016 we were faced with an incident where a young man had just assaulted his parents and wanted to kill Police attending. The male rushed the driveway with bat in hand screaming "who am I killing first". Guns were drawn by attending officers including Scott and myself.Read more
Kristina Garswood is a Windsor Police officer. While she does a very important job there, it is what she does outside of the police that I nominate her for. She is the Executive Director of the Riverfront Theatre Company. This non profit organization is dedicated to providing children under 18 years theatrical training and performance experience.Read more
Anne is a dispatcher at the Kincardine Detachment in South Bruce. She is always calm and steady, and having been born and raised right here, is quickly and easily able to sort out any confusion over addresses or locales. She is a wonderful public face to our detachment and is always conscious of that fact.