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 …

Harley Raffle for Special Olympics

In 2013, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) started a new fundraising program called the Law Enforcement Torch Ride in three locations across Ontario: Niagara Falls, Ottawa and Timmins. Each location featured a fun motorcycle ride to raise money for Special Olympics Ontario (SOO).  The following year, the Toronto Police Motor Squad decided to host their own ride and it …

Sgt. Julie Tilbury, Thunder Bay Police Service

It all started with the Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Winter Games Thunder Bay 2011 where Julie Tilbury of the Thunder Bay Police Service was appointed as the Games Manager.  Since those very successful Games, Julie has been a constant in the world of Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR).  This has lead to many well-deserved awards and accolades to go along …

OACP Supports the Law Enforcement Torch Run

With the endorsement of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), the first Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) in Canada was held in 1987 and generated $100,000 in funds through the participation of Law Enforcement personnel from Southern Ontario.  In Ontario alone, over $40 million dollars has been raised since then, establishing it as one of the most profitable …

Chandal Sutherland, Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre

Special Olympics (SO) has been a huge part of Chandal Sutherland’s life for the last 15 years.  Starting as a coach, she credits the enthusiasm and drive of the athletes for keeping her involved.  “Each athlete I’ve coached or met along my SO journey has left an impact.  I don’t just help them, they have all helped me,” expressed Chandal. …

Kellie Walker, South West Detention Centre

For Kellie Walker, her journey with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and Special Olympics (SO) started by simply buying a shirt and joining a local run.  Eight years ago at this run, she met some local SO athletes with their beaming smiles and signature high fives; from there she has been hooked ever since. While working as a Correctional …

Raffaeli Tassone, Thunder Bay Correctional Centre

Thirteen years ago, Raffaeli (Raff) Tassone was introduced to the world of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) in the lunchroom of the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.  That weekend, he took part in his first LETR. The energy, unity and passion had Raff hooked and since then, he has been a regular presence at LETR and Special Olympics events in …

Tijana Lakovic & Tyler Tripkovic, Vanier Centre for Women

Working inside the walls of Vanier Centre for Women in Milton can be a tough job; one where the officers don’t always receive credit for the hard work they do.  Two members of Vanier’s Staff, Tijana Lakovic and Tyler Tripkovic, have found personal solace outside of their usual job responsibilities through volunteer work with Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement …

Lt. Ted Farr (Ret)

Ted began his 30+ years of volunteering with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) back in 1988 and instantly formed an unbreakable bond with his fellow officers and more importantly, the athletes of Special Olympics. Ted’s first experience that ‘set the hook’ and sent him on over three decades of volunteering with Special Olympics was a Final Leg in Ottawa …