Stephen Meunier, Ontario Provincial Police

We are nominating our Club President as the Police Hero of 2022. He is an exceptional leader, mentor and role model we all strive to emulate. Steve is involved with our Curling Club as the President, a competitive curler and lastly the best coach our U18 girls can have. He gives his undivided time and attention to them on a daily basis and continues to ensure they are striving to do their best and achieve their goals. His dedication to these girls is so remarkable.

Steve is passionate about volunteering and giving back to his community. He volunteers with several organizations like Madd Timmins Chapter, the Canadian Police Curling Association, he is a School Board Trustee and lastly a volunteer firefighter. Always making sure that he has time for his family, his work and his community in a what he does best. He is the last one to expect recognition as he always goes above and beyond for everyone surrounding him. He is a platoon Sergeant and is always there to support his team, reminding them to stay safe, do what is right and live life to the fullest. He handles each emergency with uncompromised competence and integrity. He is the steady voice in a storm, for using courage and compassion, and for providing such a meaningful service to the OPP. He is a true hero in his community and workplace.

Jon Perrin, Ontario Provincial Police (3)

Jon Perrin is a Police Officer with the Ontario Provincial Police, working out of the City of Kawartha Lakes Detachment. Jon began his policing career in 2012. Near the end of 2017 (within a 2 month time frame), Jon located the bodies of two missing young people who had both taken their own lives by suicide (hanging). One was a young female who shared the same name as our daughter.

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Hayley Walker, Niagara Regional Police Service

I first met Detective Constable Hayley Walker back in October of 2015. Hayley is such a kind human with a huge heart. She has gone the extra mile for me time and time again. Previous to meeting Hayley, I did not trust police officers and was taught that they are mean, evil people. That's not the case at all. When I met her, I wasn’t doing well and was in unsafe conditions. Hayley saved my life. When I went to the hospital a week later, they told me that if Hayley didn’t do what she did that night, I would not have been standing in front of the doctor that day. I still speak highly of Hayley and have so much respect and love of her willingness to do what she did to help save me. I am forever grateful for her and what she did for me. Thank you to Hayley Walker and to all the other first responders.

Shawn Borgford, Brockville Police Service (6)

Sergeant Borgford is my hero because he helps those less fortunate. For example, he sees homeless individuals on the street and goes out of his way to go pick up coffee and doughnuts for them, and transport them to the warming centre. He treats everyone with respect and kindness no matter who it is.

Dennis Wolf, Ontario Provincial Police

In 2001 when I was 14, I ran away from my group home in Bath, Ontario. A man picked me up while I was hitchhiking and didn't take me where I wanted to go. Instead, he pulled a knife on me and drove to a secluded area and sexually assaulted me. Then he drove onto highway 401, telling me about this place he wanted to show me. I had never been so scared in my whole life. As we drove onto an off ramp going into Napanee, my attacker saw a police car and did a u-turn back onto the highway. Constable Dennis Wolf of the Napanee OPP was very smart and said he knew something was wrong. The police officer pulled us over and my attacker begged me not to say anything, but I took off into the back of that police car fast as I could.

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Hannah Elkington, Durham Regional Police Service (18)

She has been such an inspiration for females in the Durham region area since Hannah has become the first female k9 handler. She shows hard work and dedication and it also shows in the community and in the pictures you see of her and K9 Kaos. They are both SO happy to be where they are. I hope to see Hannah (and K9 Kaos) win. They deserve it more than anything.

Hannah Elkington, Durham Regional Police Service (18)

Hannah Elkington has made a difference in our community and my life in general. DC Elkington had numerous interactions with me while I was going through a period of addiction and mental illness. DC Elkington always encouraged me to do "simple things" like go for a walk. She would have "normal conversations" with me and offer me words of encouragement in efforts for me to get better. As a result of the numerous interactions I have had with DC Elkington, I did get better, regained access to my daughter - something Hannah always knew was important to me - and always spoke to me with a voice of compassion and kindness. She has inspired me to become a better person and live a life that I can be proud of. Hannah is one of the kindest officers on her force, has a diverse background in policing and has likely inspired many young females to become a police officer. I always smile when I see DC Elkington in the news, which is often. 

Chelsea Draker, Hamilton Police Service

This officer was amazing and went above and beyond duty to help my family when my brother died. On December 3, my brother had a heart attack in his apartment. My husband and my son rushed to the apartment. Officer Draker talked to us and was so compassionate and caring to all of us. She even made my sister-in-law scrambled eggs because she is a diabetic and wasn’t feeling well! Amazing. We were in shock and she had so much compassion for all of us. She spent hours with us waiting for the coroner and we could tell she was a very warm person. I meant to compliment her, but I just was in so much shock and disbelief after losing my brother. We all appreciated her kindness and warmth and having her there with us at such a difficult time.

Kathy Stewart, Hamilton Police Service

I would like to nominate Sergeant Kathy Stewart from the Hamilton Police Service. Kathy was the lead detective who handled an incident that was extremely traumatic and life changing for my family. Her handling with the children involved in the case, and her attentiveness to check up on them throughout the years changed my perspective and the many implanted roots that were installed in me as a young child. It was very difficult for me to trust that an officer of the law and I would be able to communicate without me being the one that had an issue. Kathy’s dedication to her work, herself and the city I live in is unheralded. Her care for assisting those she encounters was a display of empathy and concern I didn’t think a police officer could show, nor did I think I could accept it. 

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Ed Sanchuk, Ontario Provincial Police (14)

Ed Sanchuk is the type of guy you want your son to grow up to be. On the job,, he is totally professional and genuinely cares that you get home safe. Being a police officer is not just a job, it's a way of life for him. You see Ed on his off hours helping his community and his family joins him. If you're having a fundraiser - he's there. A senior citizen has his scooter stolen and he's there to help get a new one. I often wonder if he ever gets to go home! Simcoe loves Ed and we love him back.