Veterans' Association

   

Auxiliary

The following have been awarded the distinction of Honorary Member in the
Ontario Provincial Police Veterans' Association
Appointed by The Provincial Board with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto.

Paul LAING Appointed Honorary Member in 2011

Paul joined the OPP in 1981 and was posted to Mattawa Detachment. He performed all aspects of uniformed duties and was a member of 12 District Crowd Management (ERT)Team. Paul was promoted to sergeant at Operational Policy and Planning Branch, at GHQ Toronto. He was transferred to Contract Policing Bureau in 1992 and in 1996 promoted to Inspector and transferred to First Nations Policing Bureau. He accepted a position of Executive Officer for Commissioner O'Grady and remained in the position with Commissioner Boniface.

In 2000 Paul was seconded to the Deputy Solicitor General's Office as special advisor, First Nations Policing, and returned to the OPP as the director of Forensic Identification and Photographic Services Section in 2001.

In 2006 he was promoted to Superintendent and returned to the Commissioner's Office as Executive Officer to Commissioner Fantino and later with Commissioner Lewis. He was transferred to Forensic Identification and Technical Services in 2010 and retired in December 2011. He was elected as Secretary of the Commissioned Officers Association in 2003 and served on the COA Executive until 2010 when he decided not to run for re election due to retirement plans.

Kim WILLIAMS Appointed Honorary Member in 2011

Kim began her policing career in 1976 and was posted to the Sioux Lookout detachment. In 1983, she transferred to Thunder Bay detachment. Moving to southern Ontario in 1988, Kim worked at Wasaga Beach, Elmvale, Stayner and Barrie detachments. She enjoyed a variety of positions such as District 7 Community Services officer and In Service Training officer.

In 1996, Kim was promoted to Sergeant as a Contract Analyst in the Contract Policing Bureau, OPP GHQ.

Kim actively attended Association meetings throughout her career. In 2000, she was elected to the 18 Branch executive holding the positions of President and Director. Her interest in Association work continued and she was elected to the OPP Association Board of Directors in 2005.

During her 6 years as a Board member she chaired many committees. Kim has been heard to say that her years with the Association were the best of her career. Much of her work revolved around the Staffing committee, bringing the OPP staffing crisis to the forefront and having the lack of front line staffing acknowledged by command staff and government officials.

Kim is a PACE graduate, has successfully completed the Canadian Police College's labour relations course and completed the Covey Leadership training. Having a strong belief in continuous education she has attended many diverse courses and training programs over the years.

Kim has two grown daughters who she is extremely proud of. In December 2011, she retired from the OPP after 35 years of police service. She is looking forward to the new challenges that retirement will bring. Kim feels honoured to be recognized by the OPP Vets Association and receiving this honorary membership.

Kevin HUMMEL Appointed Honorary Member in 2010

Born and raised in Kitchener and began his policing career with the O.P.P. in 1987 when he was posted to the Cochrane detachment. He transferred to Goderich in 1991 and enjoyed a varied career as a breathalyzer technician, marine operator, plain clothes crime work, drug resource officer and was involved in the local Joint Health and Safety Committee.

He is married to Lynda and they have two teenage daughters, Alycia and Jessica.

The Association part of his life began in Cochrane when he first began attending Branch meetings with the Branch Chairperson at the time, Roy Telford. Since that time he has been a detachment representative, Vice President and then President of 6 Branch for four years, prior to being elected to the O.P.P. Association's Board of Directors in 2002.

He is a PACE graduate, and has successfully completed the Canadian Police College's labour relations course. He also completed the rewarding Covey Leadership training.

While a member of the Association's Board of Directors from 2002 until October of 2009 he was fortunate to have chaired every committee portfolio, however his niche was certainly carved out in the Clothing and Equipment Committee.

The successes on this committee include many successful business cases which were submitted to the Force, namely; the personal issue high-visibility traffic safety vests, the introduction of cutting-edge law enforcement outerwear with Gore-Tex, Slash-proof gloves by Spectra as well as ear pieces that are now part of the list of equipment available to our members.

In July of 2010 Kevin was promoted to Sergeant and is currently a Contract Analyst in the Contract Policing Unit, Deployed to West Region.

Kevin still resides in Goderich where he enjoys coaching ringette, golfing, reading and staying fit.

Garfield DUNLOP Appointed Honorary Member in 2010

A lifelong resident of the Village of Coldwater, was elected to the Ontario legislature on June 3, 1999 as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Simcoe North.

Mr. Dunlop served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and Government House Leader from March 2001 until April 2002, when he was appointed by former Premier Ernie Eves to the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier/Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs with responsibility for Caucus Relations.

Since the provincial election in 2003, Mr. Dunlop served as the Chief Opposition Whip and is currently the P.C. Critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services.

After attending elementary and secondary school in Simcoe North, and university in Waterloo, Mr. Dunlop entered the family business, Glen Dunlop Plumbing, Heating and Supplies Ltd., in 1971.

In 1980, Mr. Dunlop began a career in municipal politics when he was elected councillor for the Village of Coldwater. From 1982 until 1994, he was reeve of the village. In 1994, after the County of Simcoe was restructured, Mr. Dunlop was elected Deputy Mayor of the Township of Severn, where he served until the 1999 provincial election. He was Warden of Simcoe County in 1998, overseeing Local Services Realignment. He also chaired the Planning Services Committee, which between 1995 and 1997 developed the County of Simcoe Official Plan.

Mr. Dunlop and his wife Jane have two grown children, Andrew and Jill. They also have three granddaughters: Rachel, Karley, and Madison. Garfield and Jane are involved in many local organizations. In particular, they initiated the original town hall meeting, which resulted in the purchase of Coldwater's historic gristmill, saving it from demolition.

Garfield Dunlop has been a long time friend of the OPP in Simcoe North. He has attended and supports the many fundraising events the OPP and OPP Veterans' Association have put on to raise money for local charities over the years.

Garfield also supports The Friends Of The OPP Museum and the OPP Youth Foundation. His outstanding public contributions and support has made him an outstanding selection for this award. Congratulations Garfield, well earned and deserved.

Steve WALSH Appointed Honorary Member in 2009

Joined the OPP in November 1975 and was posted to the Walkerton Detachment. There he had the opportunity to work in uniform, serve as a member of the #6 District Crime Unit and work undercover buying drugs. He was also fortunate to get involved with the #6 District Branch of the OPPA where he was elected to serve terms as Treasurer, Secretary and Chair. In 1985 Steve transferred to the #6 District Headquarters as a member of the Identification Unit.

In October 1986 Steve was promoted to Corporal and transferred to Thunder Bay #16 District Headquarters as the Unit Commander for the Technical Identification Services Unit.

In May 1988 he was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to Barrie #7 District Headquarters as the Unit Commander for that Technical Identification Services Unit. Later that year he was promoted to Staff Sergeant.

In January 1991 Steve returned to #16 District, this time as the Detachment Commander for the Geraldton Detachment. He remained there until 1995 when he accepted the position as the Detachment Commander for the Mount Forest Detachment.

In September 1999 Steve was promoted to the rank of Inspector and was accepted as the first Detachment Commander for the Wellington County OPP contract, a position he held for the last 10 years of his career.

As a Commissioned Officer Steve was the West Region, Regional Director for two years prior to being elected as Treasurer of the Commissioned Officers Association in 2004. Thinking of retirement Steve did not run for an Executive position in 2007 but accepted the position as the COA Representative for West Region once again. At the time of his retirement on June 30, 2009 Steve was the Second Vice President for the Ontario Senior Officers Police Association.

Steve and his lovely wife Linda have three sons; Gregory, Robert and Andrew. Gregory is a member of the OPP currently working in Oxford County (Tillsonburg). Robert, also a member of the OPP is currently assigned to Huron County (Goderich). Andrew is currently attending school studying to become a police officer.

Steve has a long history of getting involved and obviously his sons are following in his footsteps.

Welcome to the OPP Veterans' Association Steve and your well earned retirement.

Walter GRETZKY Appointed Honorary Member in 2008

Born on October 8, 1938 at the tiny hamlet of Canning , not far from the picturesque town of Paris, Ontario. As a typical Canadian boy he played hockey every winter and by his early teens was regarded as a very skillful up and coming player. He played five years of junior B with Woodstock.

After completing high school in Paris, Walter took a job with Bell Canada and in the early days with Bell he suffered a life threatening head injury that left him permanently deaf in his right ear and put and end to the serious side of his hockey dreams.

In 1960, he married Phyllis Hawkin and began a family. Wayne was born in 1961, followed by daughter Kim and sons Keith, Glen and Brent. Wayne showed great interest in hockey almost from the cradle. His grandmother would become his first goalie. Walter spent many cold nights watching Wayne at neighborhood rinks and finally decided to put a rink in the backyard. It would become affectionately known as the "Wally Coliseum". Walter coached Wayne in his first year of hockey and decided that was enough! He went on to coach Jr. B in Waterford and was instrumental in the development of Doug Jarvis, Stan Jonathan and Jim Turkiewicz.

Wayne's development was phenomenal and fast. Soon Walter had no time for coaching and found himself in the limelight of becoming hockey's best-known "Dad". Wayne had taken center stage in the N. H. L., and the hockey media found itself addicted to "Gretzky Mania". Walter was now not only the best known, but the most loved hockey dad as well.

In 1991, Walter suffered a brain aneurysm which destroyed a good deal of his memory and almost took his life. With great support from his family and a therapist who just wouldn't quit, Walter bravely overcame the limitations that an aneurysm can leave a person with. Today even with short-term memory difficulties Walter pursues life vigorously. He spends a good deal of time speaking all over North America on subjects ranging from the pros and cons of being Wayne's Dad to the signs and symptoms of brain trauma.

Walter has always been a "People Person" who genuinely cares about everyone around him. He is a frequent visitor to many people in area hospitals. He is a special friend to all the students at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford. Walter coached a triple A PeeWee hockey team in 1998, which competed in tournaments in Finland and Sweden as well as making a fine showing at the Quebec Major PeeWee tournament. In 1999 he coached a triple A Atom Team which won a gold medal at the Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament in Brantford. Over the years Walter has been on hand to present countless Wayne Gretzky Tournament Medals to championship teams but this was the first time he had ever won one. He is a respected and active member of his Church, who can be found often working around the Church as well as participating in the Church.

He was the driving force behind the very successful Wayne Gretzky Tennis Classic, which not only did wonders in aid of the visually impaired, but also gave Brantford an improved identity and a better feeling of self worth. A corner stone of the Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament, Walter spends countless hours at the Tournament each year signing autographs, shaking hands and encouraging young players to do their best in pursuit of Tournament Medals. In January of 1999 a new Tournament for House League players was initiated in Brantford and named in Walter's honor and Walter gave this Tournament his all as well.

Walter and Wayne provide fifteen, five thousand-dollar scholarships each year to deserving visually impaired students pursuing post secondary education. Walter insists on meeting each recipient and presenting him or her with their scholarship cheque. For several years Walter has traveled to many hospitals throughout Ontario at Christmas time with members of the Ontario Provincial Police to distribute Teddy Bears and autographed pictures of Wayne to children who must be in hospital over Christmas.

In 1996 Walter was honored as Brantford's Citizen of the Year. In 1997 Walter co - coached the Brantford Thunderhawks to the first Major Jr. A Walter Gretzky Cup Championship. In 1999 Walter was inducted along with Alexander Graham Bell and Emily Stowe into Brantford's "Walk of Fame" In the summer of 1999 and 2000 Walter coached our Team Ontario Under 16 Inline Roller Hockey Team to the International Ice Hockey Federation sanctioned Gold Medal Championship. In 2001 Walter was the National Spokesman for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Richard ROHMER Appointed Honorary Member in 2008

Major-General (Ret'd) Richard Heath Rohmer (born in 1924) Canada's most decorated citizen, is an aviator, a senior lawyer specializing in aviation law, adviser to corporate titans and the Government of Ontario. He is a prolific fiction and non-fiction writer. Rohmer was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and grew up in Hamilton, Pasadena, Windsor and Fort Erie.

He was an unexceptional student in high school and worked briefly at Fleet Aerospace before joining, at 18, the RCAF early in World War II. He flew P-51 Mustang fighters; was over the beaches of Normandy on D-Day; was at the Battle of Normandy as a fighter reconnaissance pilot when he spotted Rommel and aided in taking him out of the war on 17 July 1944. Rohmer was not permitted to attack the staff car but by radio reported its location to Group Control Centre who sent in two Spitfires that did the attack. 412 Squadron, of which Charlie Fox was a member, was not airborne at the time of the successful attack on Rommel. Rohmer took part in the liberation of France, Belgium and Holland. After the war, thanks to the advice of a priest at Assumption College in Windsor, he found his way into the practice of law where he continues to distinguish himself. He continued with the Air Force, attaining the rank of Major-General, Chief of Reserves of the Canadian Armed Forces. He is active in a range of legal, corporate and military activities. He was chairman of the 60th Anniversary of D-Day celebrations which took place in the presence of the Queen (whom he escorted) at Juno Beach in Normandy on 6 June 2004. He chaired the Ontario Advisory Committee that created the Veterans' Memorial, unveiled on 17 September 2006 in front of the Provincial Legislature at Queen's Park, Toronto.

General Rohmer is Honorary Deputy Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, Honorary Chief of Toronto Emergency Medical Services, Patron of the Toronto St. John Ambulance, Honorary Fire Chief of Collingwood, Honorary Detective of the Toronto Police Service, Honorary Commanding Officer of the 707 Major-General Richard Rohmer Air Cadet Squadron of Etobicoke, Toronto, and Honorary member of the Ontario Provincial Police Veterans' Association.

He was twice Chancellor of the University of Windsor, serving a total of 13 years. In 1978 he negotiated the donation of Conrad Black's collection of original Duplessis papers in exchange for an honorary degree.

He was a charter member of his local Civitan club, and he served as governor of his Civitan district and treasurer of the international organization. His position allowed him to meet U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to present Civitan's World Citizenship Award.

Robert (Bob) WELSH Appointed Honorary Member in 2007

Retiring from both the OPP and the OPPA in 2006, after thirty-three years of service with the Force and almost three decades of involvement with the Association. I have thoroughly enjoyed these two sides of policing and although I will miss many of the people who have been part of that experience, I leave with no regrets. From my first exposure at a No. 8 Branch meeting in 1975, to playing a lead role in the establishment of the Memorial Wall at OPP Headquarters, and finally serving on the Board of Directors.

Ed KINNEAR Appointed Honorary Member in 2006

Ed joined the OPP in 1976, beginning a career which included criminal investigations, community service, public relations and specialized traffic enforcement. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1995. He began his Association career as a Detachment Representative and served at all Branch levels before becoming a Branch Chair in 1991. In 1996, he was elected to the Provincial Board of Directors and in 2001 was elected the Board's Vice-President.

Walter (Wally) TOMASIK Appointed Honorary Member in 2006

Walter was appointed to the Ontario Provincial Police in August 1975, having completed his education at Cambrian College and receiving a Diploma in Law and Security Administration. He was posted to Exeter Detachment in Southwestern Ontario. During his tenure at this location from 1975 until his transfer to Sudbury in 1984, Walter carried out generalist duties and for a period of three years carried out the function as Crown Prosecutor (Provincial Offences Court).

He returned to Sudbury in 1984 and was promoted to Corporal in July of 1987, assuming the Detachment Commander's position at Still River Detachment. While at Still River, he was appointed as the 'C' Division representative to the OPP Strategic Planning Committee. Walter also held the position of President for Scouts Canada in the Sudbury District.

Walter returned to Sudbury in the spring of 1993 to assume responsibility as the Community Services Coordinator for the former No. 13 District and with the re-organization of the OPP, he was transferred as Team Leader, Support at Sudbury Detachment. In concert with his duties as an OPP officer, Walter held the position of Vice-President with the Ontario Provincial Police Association until his appointment as Chief Administrative Officer on January 22, 2001. In his capacity as a member of the Board, he assisted in the development of the Association's Strategic Plan, maintained portfolio responsibilities for Health and Safety Issues, Shift Scheduling, Chair of the OPPA Training Committee, Past Chair of the Board of Directors and Past Chair of the OPPA Negotiating Committee.

The OPPA Training Committee developed the Police Association Certified Executive Program (PACE), a leadership development program for labour and Association representatives. Walter had the privilege of being one of the program's first graduates.

In his capacity as former Co-Chair, Walter assisted in the development of articulation agreements with Stanford University in California, Northwood and Lake Superior State Universities in Michigan, Georgian College, Holland College of PEI and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. These agreements assist Association Members in their personal educational development goals at the diploma and degree levels

Walter holds a variety of Diplomas and Certificates from the Canadian Police College, Ontario Police College, Atlantic Police College and certificates from Georgian College, Stanford University, Laurentian and York Universities. He retired from the Ontario Provincial Police and the Association on December 31, 2005, is married to Linda and the two of them enjoy life with their four children Marty, Katherine, Mark and Michael.

Debbie MCKENNA Appointed Honorary Member in 2005

Grew up in Barrie and after graduating in 1978 from the Georgian College General Secretarial - Legal diploma program, she was employed at a real estate office before pursuing her career with the OPP Association. She admits that her interest in the organization came from a desire to be an OPP officer herself. Debbie was hired as Bookkeeper/Girl Friday for the OPPA in 1980. However, she continued to take risks and developed as an Association employee. As a result of her hard work and determination, in 1996 she became the first female Executive Officer in the OPPA, responsible for the benefit and pension programs. Her main duties included overseeing these two programs and interpreting and applying the applicable legislation, policies, and OPPA Memorandums. She worked with OPP Senior Management, ministry officials and insurance companies to resolve problem situations. Her responsibilities also included researching benefit contracts and policies, providing information in an advisory role to he Board of Directors.

Debbie's pension expertise is held in high regard both inside and outside the organization. Debbie provides support, advice and guidance to OPPA members concerning retirement and pension entitlements. Debbie also sits on a provincial board of distinction, the Ontario Pension Board, an appointment made by the Lieutenant Governor in 1997. As a former member of the OPPA Credit Union Board of Directors, she was awarded a Credit Union Director Achievement Certificate. In 1996, Debbie was appointed as a 'Commissioner for Taking Affidavits' by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Debbie also has the distinction of being one of the first graduates of the P.A.C.E. (Police Association Certified Executive) certificate program. P.A.C.E. is a partner-sponsored certificate program in labour relations, designed to give Association executive members or those striving for Executive or Board positions the skills and knowledge demanded in those roles.

Debbie was named Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the OPPA in January 2006. The CAO reports to the President and the Board of Directors and oversees all day-to-day operations of the OPP Association Head Office ensuring that the Association's mission and vision are fulfilled. The CAO is also responsible for implementing the Board's directives and performing all management functions as determined by the Constitution and By-Laws, Policy and Procedures and Strategic Plan of the Association. Through management and leadership, the CAO is also responsible for achieving and maintaining fiscal responsibility, productive internal and external relationships, forward-looking programming and constructive growth of the Association.

Debbie brings to the position an in-depth working knowledge of the issues and day-to-day operations of the OPP Association. Skilled at relationship building both within and outside the Association, she has proven networking and conflict resolution skills with Management and members of the OPP. She has comprehensive financial management experience and recognized personal strengths of integrity and loyalty.

Debbie is excited about her new position and the opportunities and challenges that it holds. Her immediate priorities are negotiations, the transitioning, training and building of the new OPPA executive team, and continuing to deliver exceptional service to our membership. She is committed to fiscal responsibility through supervising the day-to-day financial operations of the organization and operating within the established financial budget. Other goals include the development of a comprehensive Strategic Plan for the organization, and the training and development of our membership and the OPPA staff.

Debbie credits her own success to hard work, a dedication to life-long learning, and her commitment to an organization that is genuinely concerned about its members. She is very optimistic about the future of the OPP Association and is dedicated to working tirelessly on behalf of the membership.

Michael BARNES Appointed Honorary Member in 2000

Was an educator for 35 years and is the author of more than 50 books. He became associated with the O.P.P. in the early 1970s at the invitation of Commissioner Harold Graham and with the support of the OPPA and the OPP has authored the following books on policing.

These are:
In the Public Service (1994) - a book for children
Police Story (1981) - a generic book on policing for teens
Policing Ontario-The OPP Today (1991)- the job, the work
Helping You and Pour Vous Aidez (1990)- both used to explain OPP work and headquarters. For young people.
Dedication to Duty-OPP Officers who Died Serving Ontario (2000)
He has broadcast on the OPP and authored articles in The Review and other publications.

Michael has lectured at the OPP Academy on the history of policing in general, the OPP in particular, and literature pertaining to the organization as well as speaking at an Auxiliary graduation.

His books Red Lake-Golden Treasure Chest, Haliburton in Highland Ontario and Ride the Polar Bear Express are used to acquaint incoming officers with these areas.

While researching his book on the officers killed on the job, he obtained the badge and warrant card now displayed in the show case at the Memorial Wall in Orillia.

He is a past chair of a police services board, has presided at Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies by virtue of membership in the Order of Canada and is an Honorary Inspector in the OPP

He may be contacted at www.barnes4books.com

Doug LUCAS Appointed Honorary Member in 1996

Retired in 1994 from the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto following 37 years of service, 27 as the Centre's Director. His scientific background was in toxicology and chemistry with particular emphasis on alcohol, fire investigation and explosives. He has published over 30 papers and chapters on a variety of forensic science topics. Doug also has been active with several professional associations and is a past president of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association of Forensic Sciences, and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) With ASCLD, he was involved in the development of an international forensic proficiency testing program in the late 1970s and with the establishment of the ASCLD/LAB accreditation program in 1982.

Doug has continued his association with the proficiency testing program as an advisor and has served as a consultant internationally to forensic laboratories, primarily with respect to management and/or quality assurance issues. This included serving on a five member international 'Blue Ribbon Scientific Panel' in support of an eighteen month investigation by the Office of the Inspector General in the US Department of Justice of allegations of misconduct and improper practices by staff of the FBI Laboratory. From December 1998 to December 2003, another major activity involved serving as a member of a three person international 'Peer Review Panel' advising the Judicial Tribunal for the 'Bloody Sunday Inquiry' into the tragic events of January 30, 1972 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in which thirteen civilians were killed and fourteen seriously wounded by gunshots during a confrontation with the British army. Since 2003 a similar activity has been associated with a major investigation by the Northern Ireland Police Service, the Omagh Bombing of August 1998 in which 29 people were killed by an IRA bomb. Since January of 2005, another important activity has been serving as a scientific advisor to the Independent Investigator examining serious problems in the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory and Property Room.


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