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On Friday May 4th, 2012 the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement hosted the 14th annual awards ceremony in Mississauga. This great evening was hosted by Sgt. Myra James and our guest host Michelle Dube, CTV News. The following were the major award winners.

  • Award of Valour – Constable Sharron Bellows, Waterloo Regional Police Service
  • Excellence in Performance – Constable Geraldine (Geri) Defoe, Halton Regional Police Service
  • Leadership – Special Constable Lepka Krekic, Hamilton Police Service
  • Community Service – Donna Keating, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Mentoring – Constable Nicole-Anne Bailey, Toronto Police Service
  • Civilian Award of Achievement – Miriam Windmoller, Peel Regional Police Service
  • Team Endeavours – Det/Sgt. Henry DeRuiter, Det/Cst. Shane McKenzie, Det/Cst. Nate Mathew, Det/Cst. Rebecca McGregor, Det/Cst. Stephan Yan, Det/Cst. Stephan Organ, Nancy Lean, Cheryl Ralph, Samantha Barnabe
Law Enforcement Professional of the Year – Cheryl McNeil, Toronto Police Service

Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement – Chief (Ret’d) Wendy Southall, Niagara Regional Police Service

Presidential Award – Deputy Chief Jennifer Evans, Peel Regional Police Service

OWLE also recognizes civilian members and officers who have dedicated 25, 30, 35, 40 and now 45 years of service. Carole Finzel of the Ontario Provincial Police was the first recipient for 45 years service.

This year OWLE recognized 137 recipients including members from: Barrie Police Service, Belleville Police Service, Chatham-Kent Police Service, Cornwall Community Police Service, Correctional Services Canada, Durham Regional Police, Greater Sudbury Regional Police Service, Halton Regional Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, London Police Service, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Niagara Regional Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Ottawa Police Service, Peel Regional Police Service, Port Hope Police Service, R.C.M.P., Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service, St. Thomas Police Service, Toronto Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police Service and York Regional Police Service.

Ontario Women in Law Enforcement
Milton, Ontario
L9T 0L8

President: Lisa Hewison - Peel Regional Police

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