Derek has been with the London Police Service for 32 years, and has been heavily involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for 28 years. Throughout his time, he has contributed to multiple committees and events, both as a lead organizer and volunteer. His dedication and passion to the LETR has been instrumental in the growth of the program.
Special Olympics Ontario has recognized Derek with multiple awards including the ‘Rising Flame Award’ for showing exceptional promise of leadership and continued contribution to the LETR, and the ‘Award of Honor’ for his exemplary commitment to the LETR.
Derek’s involvement with Special Olympics and the LETR has led to being chosen to represent Canada’s law enforcement in Abu Dhabi by carrying the “Flame of Hope” for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games.