Sarah Dereski, Ministry of the Solicitor General, Correctional Services

Energy, comradery, teamwork, enthusiasm – these are all elements that Sarah Dereski experienced during her first Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event that have kept her hooked ever since! Seven years ago, Sarah’s LETR involvement began through her participation in the Race for Plunkett in York, as well as the Polar Plunge at the Correctional Services College. “I knew there was no going back, and I was going to be a part of this fantastic organization …

Jenna Kenney, Ministry of the Solicitor General

Jenna Kenney’s Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) journey began two years ago when she met fellow LETR volunteer, Tijana Lakovic, who introduced her to the organization. “I had such a great experience meeting other people throughout different law enforcement agencies, and participating in a rewarding experience for both myself and others that I was eager to get myself involved in other opportunities,” said Jenna. After being introduced to LETR’s …

Ryan Johnston, Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre

Since getting involved with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) in 2016, Ryan Johnston has made a huge splash within the organization. While attending college for law enforcement studies, Ryan got involved with LETR though the late Ted Farr’s Annual Easter Road & Mall Tolls in Peterborough. Like many others, Ryan found himself hooked, eager to somehow get involved further.   Upon gaining his role as a Correctional …

Meghan Gillis, Vanier Centre for Women

Since starting her career in as a Correctional Officer, Meghan has been a huge supporter of Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). It all started at her first Polar Plunge while at college. From there, she had the opportunity to participate in a bowling night with her local Special Olympics floor hockey team. “After spending the evening engaging with the athletes and getting …

Lisa O’Brien, Ministry of the Solicitor General, Correctional Services

Lisa O’Brien’s Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) journey began 25 years ago when she got involved with her first local Torch Run. London Police Services, London Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Correctional Services grouped together each year to complete the run. Lisa’s run took her from the OPP station, to the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, to the RCMP detachment in downtown London, to the London Police Services station – picking up local athletes along …

Rallying behind a community: Special Olympics Dufferin

Three years ago, Special Olympics (SO) Dufferin curling coaches Kurt Carlson, Brian Johnston, and Brad Brown came up with the idea to participate in the Shelburne Polar Plunge. Since then, the group has plunged every year with their team growing along the way.   While plunging has become a recurring yearly event for SO Dufferin, they also have incorporated their own fun tradition into the event: plunging in costume! “We …

Getting A High Score In Thunder Bay

The first-ever Virtual Polar Plunge set the bar high raising $361,000 for Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) athletes.  In addition to the money raised, there was an array of Plunge videos that were posted and shared across the province. Although, it was hard to choose the most creative Plunge, one did stand out amongst the pack.  The Arcade Polar Plunge submitted by Oliver Paipoonge Fire and Emergency Services was chosen as this year’s most creative Plunge.    The voice featured in the video is that of Officer Tara Bottan …

Leading The Plunging Pack: Dawn & Bryan McMillan

Too Chicken to Plunge? Not This Year Sister-brother duo, Dawn and Bryan McMillan, have been major supporters of Polar Plunge. Bryan McMillan, a member of Kingston Police, has been involved with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for the past four years, organizing not only the Polar Plunge but many other Special Olympics fundraisers along the way. Dawn, a Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) athlete …

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 …