Sgt. Mark McGugan, London Police Service

Congratulations to Sgt. Mark McGugan from the London Police Service for being voted into the role of Regional Coordinator (Canada) for the International LETR Executive Council succeeding (Ret) Deputy Chief Rick Lucy from the Abbotsford Police Service who held the position for 8 years. Mark has been an active volunteer with the LETR in Ontario for over 33 years holding …

Clifford Priest, President – Niagara Region Police Association

Clifford Trevor Priest passed away in his 63rd year on July 22, 2021 after an illness with family by his side. Cliff was the President of the Niagara Region Police Association and a strong supporter of Special Olympics both before and during his tenure as President. He often referred to Special Olympics as the policing member’s charity as there was …

Divya Bhagria of the Niagara Regional Police Started Her LETR Journey Off Strong!

The Ontario Virtual Torch Run (OVTR) happened to be Niagara Regional Police’s, Divya Bhagria’s first-ever event with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). “I saw internal emails being sent out from our Niagara LETR team to the service about Torch Run and Special Olympics Ontario,” said Divya. She continued, “I decided to open the email, which led me to the LETR …

Constable Jeffrey Northrup, Toronto Police Service

Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) and the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics (OLETR) are mourning the heartbreaking loss of Cst. Jeffrey Northrup of the Toronto Police Service (TPS).  Cst. Northrup was not only a supporter of the many Torch Run events that TPS organizes, but also a great contributor to the success of the Special Olympics Brampton community.  His …

Bill Dickson – Ontario Provincial Police, Zone 2

Bill Dickson first joined the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in 2001 as an Issues Coordinator/Information Officer at the East Region Headquarters in Smiths Falls. Shortly after, Bill was asked to take on the role of a Route Coordinator for the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) in the Ottawa Valley. To this day, Bill will be the one to tell you that at his first Final Leg …

Constable Jim Chauvin, Ontario Provincial Police

Jim Chauvin’s first Torch Run was in 2000 and after meeting some of the athletes he was supporting at the event, he was hooked.  “From there, I was asked to be the LETR representative for our town, and I haven’t looked back since!”  Chauvin has gone on to hold a role on the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run (OLETR) Operations …

Detective Constable Sarah Bamford, Barrie Police Service

Sarah Bamford’s first exposure to Special Olympics (SO) was in a coaching role.  In the late 1990s, Bamford had the opportunity to start her SO journey by coaching athletes in Figure Skating.  This included two athletes who competed at the 1996 National Winter Games and 1997 World Winter Games.  “The experience of working with athletes was one of many driving forces …

Lt. Ted Farr (Ret)

Ted began his 30+ years of volunteering with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) back in 1988 and instantly formed an unbreakable bond with his fellow officers and more importantly, the athletes of Special Olympics. Ted’s first experience that ‘set the hook’ and sent him on over three decades of volunteering with Special Olympics was a Final Leg in Ottawa …