West Grey County’s fundraisers make a big splash

Jenn Morgan and her 10-year-old daughter Tessa have been inspirational in creating and maintaining an annual tradition in their Ontario community of West Grey County.  That tradition is the yearly Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Ontario. Jenn and Tessa have been remarkably successful in their fundraising efforts.  In the past five years, the mother daughter duo has raised …

Tim Agapas: A ‘Professional’ Polar Plunger!

Dr. Tim Agapas has been involved with the Polar Plunge since 2015 and will have completed six plunges as of 2021. Tim initially became involved with Special Olympics Ontario when Kingston Police Service hosted the Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Games. “The local dental society organized us into teams, and we provided dental examinations for the athletes,” said Tim. Tim was overwhelmed by …

The involvement with Special Olympics and the Polar Plunge started at home

Meet Ryan O’Neill. Six years ago, Ryan O’Neill was approached by a colleague who was involved in the Peel Regional Police Polar Plunge. This colleague knew Ryan had a son with Down Syndrome and invited Ryan to plunge. The rest is history! That year, Ryan participated in the Plunge, the next year he helped organize it, and the last four …

Ron Caudle Is Still Freezin’ For A Reason

Ron Caudle has been involved with the Polar Plunge event for three years. In his first Polar Plunge year, Ron was encouraged by Chief Bryan Larkin to participate in the event to help support Special Olympics Ontario (SOO). “How do you say no to the Chief?” said Ron.    Since then, Ron has continued participating in the Polar Plunge event. Last year, when Waterloo …

Ottawa’s Polar Plunge duo

John McGetrick of the Ottawa Police Service and Special Olympics Ontario athlete, Mélanie Héroux have become quite the Polar Plunge duo! For the last six years, the pair have been the first plungers to make the chilling jump. “This always keeps me looking forward to the next Polar Plunge,” said Mélanie.   Mélanie first got involved with Polar Plunge when Special Olympics Eastern Ontario Director, Kirk De Fazio and herself were …

Recognizing International Customs Day – Introducing, Tara Bottan

Tara Bottan has been working for the past 20 years as an officer with Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) in several locations across Ontario.  Her career with CBSA began as a summer student while attending Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.  Her CBSA career lead her to positions in the Oshawa Customs Longroom as well as Pearson International Airport, Pigeon River …

London donors respond without ever swinging a club!

London, ON – For the past 15 years Special Olympics Ontario has been the beneficiary of one of the best run golf tournaments in the province.  Organized annually as an event under the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics umbrella, the tournament has been a consistent top fundraiser in Ontario, raising $396,000 since it began in 2006. The LETR …

Forming unbreakable bonds

Thomas Carrique, Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has formed an unbreakable bond with athlete Stephen Graham over the years. “Stephen’s enthusiasm, determination and his commitment to achieving his personal best is an inspiration that motivates those who have the privilege to get to know him to do better and be better,” states Commissioner Carrique. Stephen Graham, a decorated …

Sgt. Allen Schultz, Hamilton Police Service

For 18 year Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) veteran Allen Schultz, it is pretty clear that his connection to the athletes of Special Olympics is the driving force behind his involvement with LETR.  “Each and every time I hear an athlete tell their story at the Provincial Kickoff Conference, I get that lump in my throat. Their stories, our commitments …

S/Sgt. Jay Bouwkamp, Peel Regional Police

Peel Regional Police Staff Sergeant Jay Bouwkamp has worn many caps in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and Special Olympics (SO) world.  Bouwkamp has held positions as an Ontario LETR Zone Coordinator, Chair of the Peel Regional Police Torch Run committee and former Georgetown SO club manager.  However his most important role is the father of Jenna, his 18 …