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 …

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 …

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 …

“The Special Olympics athletes’ determination is contagious to those around them.” Constable Shaun Beaulieu.

Constable Shaun Beaulieu, Sault Ste. Marie Police Service   Shaun Beaulieu’s Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and Special Olympics (SO) journey has taken him from being “volun-told” to set up a local run and barbeque while working for the Town of Espanola, to taking on the role of Games Manager to run the Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Winter Games in Sault Ste. Marie, …

“It is truly an amazing experience that is so hard to put into words.”

The Special Olympics Ontario Winter Games 2011 in Thunder Bay featured a 5km Final Leg run in freezing temperatures reaching -50 degrees (with the wind chill).  This was Deb Muller’s introduction to the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and Special Olympics (SO) but luckily the smiles and positive energy outweighed the cold temperatures that day.  “It is truly an amazing …

“Like so many others, I never looked back.” Cst. Bryan McMillan, Kingston Police

Bryan McMillan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) journey began four years ago when revered LETR volunteer S/Sgt. Jody Armstrong became his direct report within Kingston Police.  Jody had a keen eye on Bryan to join his incredibly successful LETR team in Kingston and soon brought him to his first Final Leg at the Special Olympics Ontario School Championships 2018 in …

Sgt. Mark McGugan, Provincial Director for OLETR

After 32-years as a police officer, Sgt. Mark McGugan’s career highlight is the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). The London City Police Officer – and Provincial Director for LETR in Ontario – has been involved with the public awareness and grassroots fundraising organization for Special Olympics for almost as long as he’s been policing. McGugan joined the London Police Service …