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Rob Sinclair, Ontario Provincial Police

Constable Rob Sinclair of the Leeds and Grenville detachment for the OPP is well deserving of this award. Rob is a senior officer and goes above and beyond to attach himself to as many calls as possible to make a difference in his area, from public service calls and motor vehicle enforcements to high speed pursuits. He’s especially known for his role in commercial motor vehicle safety and going above and beyond to both ensure our roads are only filled with safe commercial vehicles and drivers, as well as assisting his fellow officers from all the surrounding detachments to conduct accident reconstruction and direct resources on major motor vehicle accidents. Rob is everything a role model officer should be and is proud to serve and protect his community.

Tanya Miller, Ontario Provincial Police

Tanya Miller is a member of the OPP and assigned to the child sexual exploitation unit. Tanya's duties are to assist in the day-to-day operations of the provincial strategy to fight child sexual abuse in Ontario. She is one of the reasons that the provincial strategy has been so successful and is a model to other provincially run units. 

Michael Delano, Niagara Falls Regional Police Service

Mike Delano has worked in various specialties within the Niagara Regional Police Service and has been involved in many traumatic events. He openly shares his experiences with his new podcast “The Weight of the Badge,” which helps bring light to his own trauma, and also provides information and support to his fellow officers who may be suffering.

Stacey Rutherford, Peterborough Police Service

Many years ago, I was informed of a news article in my hometown paper regarding a youth pastor who had been brought up on charges. A youth pastor who, when I was younger, had molested me for years. At the time, I was living in Toronto, but after reading the article reaching out to any other victims, I spent a few days struggling with the choice of whether or not to come forward. After much self reflection and consideration, I came to Peterborough, which is where I met Stacey Rutherford, the officer assigned to his case.

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Samantha Bergeron, Ontario Provincial Police

Sam is a long time member of the Ontario Provincial Police and is assigned to the child sexual exploitation unit west region team. When you speak about giving back and caring about victims, that is Sam. She deals with child sexual exploitation, which is the worst of the worst. Sam has been responsible for tracking down victims and suspects who victimize our children online. She is truly a super hero with out a cape.

Stephanie Spencer, Halton Regional Police Service

I would like to nominate Detective Constable Stephanie Spencer from the Halton Regional Police Services, Domestic Violence Investigative Unit, as my Hero of the year. Detective Constable Stephanie Spencer has been a bright light in my life for the past three years. I met her in unfortunate circumstances; I was in crisis because of intimate partner violence, and Detective Constable Stephanie Spencer was assigned to my case. The invaluable experience that I had with Det. Const. Stephanie Spencer is the reason why I never gave into the feelings of fear and shame that come with being a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, emotional and psychological abuse.

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Jacob Moore, Ontario Provincial Police

I’m nominating Jacob Moore because he goes above and beyond doing his job as a police officer. He is always there for the people and has a big heart to help people. He always makes time to sit down and have a one-on-one conversations with whomever needs it. 

Paul McDonald - Ontario Provincial Police (5)

As we know, police officers have been getting a bad wrap these last few years. Officer Paul McDonald is one of the many fantastic officers who protect and serve his community to the best of his abilities, but Officer McDonald goes above and beyond to make sure the people of his community feel safe and cared for without even knowing it.

In July of 2015, my family was shattered by the news of my young brother's passing in a car accident. One of the responding officers was Officer Paul McDonald. For almost seven years, I’ve tried to think of ways to repay him for the love, care, support and service he provided my family and myself the night of and after my brother's unexpected passing. Even though the news wasn’t easy to break to my family nor was it easy for us to take, I felt comforted at the same time when Officer McDonald told me. He stayed by us to make sure we were getting all the support we needed and helped arrange for us to see my brother before he was taken to the coroners office.

Officer McDonald went above and beyond that night and after to make sure my family and I were receiving all the support we needed. I have yet to figure out a way to repay him for everything he has done for us, but I hope that he gets the recognition he deserves for the incredible service he provides to the community. To Officer Paul McDonald, as I write this with tears in my eyes and a very heavy heart, I need you to know that you made an incredibly horrifying situation better. I know there is nothing I can do to repay you for what you have done and continue to do, but I thank you very much for being supportive, caring, kind and most of all my hero. We need more officers like you. Thank you.

Paul McDonald - Ontario Provincial Police (5)

I would like to nominate Sergeant Paul McDonald (Haliburton Highlands OPP) for this award. Not only because is he an impeccable police officer, but also because he is an amazing community role model. He has helped coach a few of my hockey teams over the past few years. His dedication to the team was so genuine. He inspired me because he was always there in time of need. He always looked out for everyone's well being. He cares and it shows. He always made everyone feel important and a sense of belonging. He included everyone and showed compassion and commitment to the team. He was always there to listen and give great advice and mentor not only on the bench but in real life situations. His wealth of knowledge about life and making smart choices have influenced me and inspired me to be the best version of myself, something that will stay with me forever. He is professional, compassionate and an awesome human being. He has made a difference in our community. I am very fortunate to have him in my life and to call him a friend.

Paul McDonald - Ontario Provincial Police (5)

I would like to nominate a deserving and dedicated member of the OPP's police service that I have had the pleasure of knowing and watch grow throughout his policing career he began 16 years ago. Sgt. Paul W. McDonald is quite honestly one of the most capable, compassionate, respectful and kind human beings that has walked this earth. He is a humble man and would brush off compliments as he doesn't feel like it's necessary to describe him in such a way because he is just doing what he feels is right. He has made a major difference in many people's lives, my own included. He's kind, funny, he loves to talk with people and really gets to know folks on and off the job, because that's just his nature. 

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