James Jardine

Stratford Police Sgt. James Jardine has been a wonderful volunteer with various groups. Through work, he has volunteered his time off-duty at family fishing day (Canadian Tire Kids and Cops), our local food and toy drives, as well as the Ride for Epilepsy. He also sat on board of directors for Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth for a couple years, and currently (for 4 years now) still on Board of Directors at a local church. On top of his volunteering, he is also a neighbourhood helper. James can often be found snow blowing many of the lanes through the neighbourhood, and helping mow lawns in the warmer weather.

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Dale Fairbarn

I would like to nominate my husband Dale Fairbarn as hero of the year. Dale has been with the South Simcoe Police Service for 30 years - 17 as an officer and 13 with the Auxilary. A career Police Officer; saving lives, consoling families, serving the community, making a difference and finding the ability to stay strong and stand up with the rest. Dale is very dedicated to the job, his partners and the lives in which he made a difference and to the ones who are now part of the memory. Currently off on medical leave fighting the fight, Dale is dedicated in helping others who suffer see there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Anthea Fordyce

London Police Constable Anthea Fordyce started Project Santa in 2016 to help provide clothing for kids in need across the city. This project has grown into providing warm winter clothing and boots for thousands of children, families and new Canadians. Project Sneaker was another project organized by Constable Fordyce in the spring to provide running shoes to help get kids outside and active. Constable Fordyce started this program by a small donation from the London Police Association and with more organization's help, the project has now grown to thousands of students benefiting. Constable Fordyce worked in schools as a Resource Officer and became invested in working with students in the developmental classrooms, working hard to make them feel safe. She is currently Diversity Officer for the London Police Services.

Mel Shortman

I am nominating Ottawa Police's Mel Shortman for the Community Role Model award. I first met Cst. Shortman while training in martial arts, where she consistently provided support and assistance to all new and established trainers. She is engaged with the community and has demonstrated a unique ability to connect with a variety of different personalities. What first impressed me about Mel was that she was an entirely down-to-earth officer who treated everyone equally and entirely without judgement. She really made the gym an amazing place to go as she inspired a sense of community and teamwork. 

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Avery Bassett

Sgt. Avery Bassett is one of the hardest working people I have met. In addition to overseeing Community programs, in school safety, keeping up with the opioid crisis, and overseeing Auxiliary officers, she volunteers and sits on 3 community boards, where her insight and leadership are highly valued. She has recently been asked to serve in an additional capacity on the Penetanguishene board to work on special projects. She is cheerful, hardworking and inspiring, both in her OPP role, but for the purpose of this award, the community.

Tim Harrington

Windsor Police Constable Tim Harrington has dedicated his career to helping out fellow police officers. For several years, Tim was the coordinator of the Peer Support program where he spent tireless hours of his own time assisting members of the service when in they were crisis. He has forged several community contacts in our city providing access to programs to assist police members. While Tim is no longer the program coordinator, he continues to advocate for members and assisting them on his own time. Tim is due to retire in April of 2021 but has advised that he will remain on with Peer Support. Tim is a true hero for the Windsor Police Service.

Sherry Jordan

Constable Sherry Jordan has been a part of the Ottawa Police Service for over 25 years. To this day, she continues to show her dedication and involvement within the community - as her title states 'Community Police Officer for West Ottawa'. Constable Jordan has been actively involved in all the domains of the police service such as road duty, detective, and school youth intervention. She has been involved with Special Olympics for over 20 years by devoting her time as a volunteer - making and maintaining personal connections with the athletes, participating in the sporting events such as torch runs, and helping raise awareness and funding for for this amazing non-for-profit organization. 

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Michael Kitchen

At a time when I was so terrified of being near police officers due to my PTSD, OPP Constable Kitchen took the time out of his day to sit and listen, and to offer me the validation and support I so desperately needed. He also assured me that if I ever needed a friendly ear to help, I was to call him! He truly is the epitome of kindness! His work with the women’s shelter is not going unnoticed in this victim's eyes! The City of Orillia is a better place with this officer in its service!

Matthew Forget

Cst Forget makes a difference! He is committed, dedicated, and loyal to his role as a member of the tactical team at Durham Regional Police Service. Moreover, he demonstrates a balanced perspective and positive outlook when dealing with members of the community on or off duty while he carries out a very difficult and challenging role in policing. In his community, he is very focused and attentive to his family and neighbours. In addition, he finds time to continue in the service of his country as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces reserves, e.g. where he is a leader and positive role model for young reservists. 

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OPP 911 Team

On March 20, 2020, the OPP received a call from a male who had a loaded firearm in his truck, was parked on the off-ramp of a highway and was intending to commit suicide. Communications Operator Rebecca Harjupanula took the original call and spoke with the disturbed male. She did an excellent job of getting important information in a short time before the male stopped responding. Communications Operator Collen Dewey was dispatching the console where this incident took place. It was dispatched as a high priority call. She did an excellent job of coordinating and organizing units to attend the scene.


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