Meet the Manager, Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run – Derek Spence!

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Ontario is happy to announce and welcome, Derek Spence as the new Manager of the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run! Derek recently retired from the London Police Service (LPS) after 32.5 years of service, but his involvement with the LETR for Special Olympics dates back over 30 years. After years of …

Superintendent Mike McDonell, Ontario Provincial Police

Superintendent Mike McDonell has been greatly involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the past 30 years and he has said, “.. the greatest highlight is the small personal interactions with an athlete and their family…I get very moved and very inspired by this.”  Over the course of the past 3 decades, Mike has been a strong advocate of the …

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 …

Champion of Inclusion today and every day. Meet Sergeant Aaron Gross, Niagara Regional Police.

Sergeant Aaron Gross is the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) representative for the Niagara Regional Police Service. With his involvement he helps coordinate officers in attendance for local SOO School Programs, Polar Plunge, other fundraising initiatives, and program events. Aaron goes beyond that by taking part in additional events across the province such as the …

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 …

Sgt. John Doran, Peel Regional Police

Since the beginning of his 21-year policing career, Staff Sergeant John Doran was a steadfast supporter of Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). John’s participation initially started when he got involved with the annual Peel Regional Police Catherine Heaney Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario (SOO). As a result of John’s leadership qualities and passion for supporting the athletes, his participation in LETR evolved to that of …

Constable Randall Arsenault, Toronto Police Service

Constable Randall Arsenault of the Toronto Police Service got his start with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) this past year! “Admittedly, I’ve heard about LETR for many years, however, I never got involved on a personal level,” said Randall. When the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to Canada, Randall saw the loss of programming Special Olympics athletes faced and how they were impacted by the shutdowns. Randall …

Inspector Marc Brunette, Greater Sudbury Police Service

Marc Brunette’s first exposure to Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) began early on in his policing career when Sergeant Joanne Pendrak (now retired) recruited him to get involved. “She had a remarkable ability to recruit members of our Police Service to join the good cause that is LETR,” said Marc. His involvement started with fundraising and participating in local Torch Run’s. “This is …