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 LETR and Special Olympics movement; being active conferences, many events such as the integral part of the formation of the Guardians Half Marathon and most currently a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, LETR committee. This committee’s leadership is the guiding force behind the Ontario LETR program’s efforts. With his experience and knowledge of LETR’s impact, Mike is a great resource on the committee to continue the growth of LETR in the province.  

His colleagues and fellow LETR members have described Mike as an incredible role model to many, not only professionally but on a personal level. “He has one of the biggest hearts, and this has been evident through his involvement with the LETR, interaction with the athletes, as well as with his peers,” shared Sarah Dereski, OPP. 

In 2020, Mike received the LETR Ontario, Distinguished Service Award and most recently in 2021 was nominated for the Special Olympics Canada Rob Plunkett Law Enforcement Torch Run Award.   

Congratulations Superintendent Mike McDonell for all your success and contribution in helping impact the lives of your fellow colleagues and members of the Torch Run but most importantly, the lives of Special Olympics athletes.