Kirsten Edgerton, Toronto Police Service

Kirsten Edgerton’s first Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) was more than 22 years ago, and she was immediately hooked at those Spring Games. Her Involvement in the event began when she was working in the security division for Toronto Community Housing and a sergeant asked her if she wanted to volunteer. Kirsten is an athlete herself and understands the importance of physical activity, and the social aspects of inclusion that can develop into long-life friendships.

Edgerton’s favourite memory during her involvement in LETR was the Invitational Youth Games in Toronto in 2019. There she was not only the venue lead for 46 teams playing in the Floor Hockey event, but she was also in charge of the Provincial Championship games. It was during these events that Kirsten saw the energy and excitement of those involved, which kept her going for 14-hour long days.

Kirsten has found meaning in her volunteering and appreciates that Special Olympics “means that anybody and everybody, no matter their abilities, can be a part of the community and feel that they are accepted and have achieved their own goals. Special Olympics allows anyone the opportunity to get involved without the pressures of a ‘tryout'; everyone plays, and everyone wins!”

Kirsten has also expressed the importance of getting involved with LETR events specifically, as there she has witnessed first-hand Special Olympics athletes learning they are a part of the community. Along with her job as a Parking Enforcement Officer, Kirsten also worked as an education assistant for children with special needs. She expresses that Special Olympics allows people to understand that we are all in this together. With this in mind, we want to thank Kirsten for her example, dedication and passion for the Torch Run and Special Olympics athletes!