Special Olympics Athlete Nicholas Cunningham

This month, Special Olympics Ontario is highlighting Barrie athlete Nicholas Cunningham and his outstanding contribution to the Barrie Police Service. Nick has been working with the Fleet Services team in the garage and with the Quartermaster since April 2022. His work has made a substantial impact on the Barrie Police Service team.   Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon of the BPS …

Cst. Jonathan Bueckert, Ontario Provincial Police

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 …

Kirsten Edgerton, Toronto Police Service

Kirsten Edgerton’s first Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) was more than 22 years ago, and she was immediately hooked at those Spring Games. Her Involvement in the event began when she was working in the security division for Toronto Community Housing and a sergeant asked her if she wanted to volunteer. Kirsten is an athlete herself and understands the importance …

Catherine Conoboy, Waterloo Regional Police Service

Catherine Conoboy, Corporate Events Coordinator with the Waterloo Regional Police, has been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the past 13 years. What started as participating in their annual Torch Run has now grown into Catherine planning more and more Torch Run events! Catherine loves Torch Run events: “having athletes carry the torch and lead our Police Service …

Sgt. Greg O’Connor, Peel Regional Police

Five years ago, Sgt. Greg O’Connor of Peel Regional Police was approached by his former supervisor Kevin MacBean about volunteering with the 2017 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games being hosted by Peel Regional Police. Greg helped to organize a fundraising hockey tournament to raise money for the games, and immediately saw the benefits that his actions had on the …

Cst. Kim Harvey, Hamilton Police Service

Constable Kim Harvey has been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the past 11 years, having first started during Police Serving You, a partnership with Boston Pizza. Since then, Harvey has gone on to have many great memories of working alongside Special Olympics athletes. “Being able to help other people towards a brighter future – it’s the best …

Paula McKnight, Probation & Parole Services

Paul McKnight, Assistant Area Manager for Probation and Parole Services, has been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the past 12 years, and first got involved when a colleague invited her to participate in a community run. Overwhelmed by the community involvement and enthusiasm from the athletes, Paula says “it was infectious and I knew immediately I wanted …

Ron Rodgers, Correctional Services

Ron Rodgers, a 17 year plus Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) volunteer, credits his experience to the Special Olympic athletes he works with. The love of sport that is shown through the sportsmanship, teamwork, fair play, inclusion and acceptance in each event, are the contributing factors as to why Ron continues to support LETR. The opportunity to pay it forward …