Ontario Provincial Police Constable Jonathan Bueckert is relatively new to the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). Within his first few months working with the OPP, Jonathan was able to become a representative for Special Olympics at his local department in Brant. It was here where he got involved with LETR not only locally but provincially.
Though Jonathan has only been a part of this organization for just over a year, he expresses that the energy you feel after interacting with Special Olympic athletes is what many describe as a “hook” that keeps you coming back for more. “Special Olympics is the most worthwhile community to be part of. It's a group of likeminded people who want the best for their athletes and communities. When attending a Special Olympics event, you know everyone there has the same goal and it's incredibly motivating.”
Jonathan recalls a powerful memory during his involvement with the Torch Run. While at the 2022 Kickoff Conference in Richmond Hill, he listened to athlete Monique Shah and her mother June speak. He recalled the emotional speech being rewarding to hear as the athlete and their family express the profoundly positive impact that Special Olympics has made to their lives.
Jonathan suggests that supporting a worthwhile cause will be sure to send you home with a smile and some new friends. Thank you, Jonathan, for your dedication to the Torch Run and Special Olympics athletes!