- Oct 24, 2023
OPP Association Members & Staff Honoured at 2023 OPPA AGM President’s Banquet
The 2023 OPP Association President’s Banquet was well attended and meaningful for all. The President John Cerasuolo, VP David Sabatini and the OPPA Board of Directors thanks all who attended.
Special thank you to our honoured guests:
• The Attorney General of Ontario, the Honourable Doug Downey
• The Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General of Ontario Brian Saunderson
• The Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police Thomas Carrique
• OPP Provincial Commander Mary Silverthorn
• OPP Deputy Commissioner Chris Harkins
• OPP Deputy Commissioner Marty Kearns
• OPP Deputy Commissioner Rohan Thompson
Congratulations to all Members and Staff recognized and who received awards.
Carrie Lanning was recognized for being a PACE Graduate.
Honourary Life Memberships were awarded to OPPA Head Office Staff Members Carolyn Soderberg, Wayne White, Emma Storey and Alexandra Micoli.
Harry deJong was recognzied for his long service to the OPP Association as Editor of the OPPA’s Beyond the Badge Magazine from 2005-2023.
The 2023 OPPA Bill Elliott Member of the Year Award was presented to Jill Lewis from Branch 6.
A ‘Victim Services Presentation’ to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond their call of duty to assist families of our fallen and injured officers during the past year as we dealt with the line of duty deaths of Provincial Constable Greg Pierzchala, Sergeant Eric Mueller and Detective Constable Steven Tourangeau. Honoured members were James Tremblay, Ionut (John) Mihuta, Carla Birnie Lise Durocher, Steve McDade, Jamie-Lynn Meyer and Julie Prud’homme.
The formalities of the evening concluded with a presentation to our member, Marc Lauzon, one of our injured officers who has made remarkable progress from the night of the incident of our fallen brother Eric Mueller. Marc is an impressive example of resilience in relation to such a tragic incident.
Sincere appreciation including several standing ovations was a fitting way to end the 2023 OPPA AGM. Thank you to each and every member and staff member who made a contribution to the success of this annual special week for the OPP Association.