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The 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Provincial Police Association is underway in Collingwood, Ontario from Monday October 18 – Thursday October 21, led by OPPA President Rob Stinson. 

Our Opening Ceremony kicked off the AGM and can be watched on the video below.

Thank you to our Colour Party, Piper Matthew Van Gerven, OPP Ceremonial Unit Amy O’Keefe, Andrew Garcia and Tim Dunnah.

A moment of silence to honour our deceased members was observed and the names of our members who have died since our last AGM were read. Our members are our focus and our strength. The service of those who have died will always be honoured and remembered. 

A Land Acknowledgement celebrating the Indigenous community was done by Kathie Menard of Branch 7. 

Two of the seven member Board positions are up for election at this AGM. Civilian Director David Sabatini was acclaimed for another term.

OPPA civilian director
Congratulations to OPPA Civilian Director who has been acclaimed to another term at the 2021 AGM

There are four candidates for the two Director positions. The four candidates addressed the delegates on Monday afternoon. Voting results will be known Wednesday afternoon at approximately 2pm. 

A group of people at the assembly
Candidates for two Director positions on OPPA Board are from left
Lynn Neale, Scott Burrows, Mike Adair & John Cerasuolo

ay 2 featured a focus on mental health. Below is a video of Sarah Routhier, who spoke to the Congress and attended the Trade Show to sign copies of her book titled “Don’t Forget Your Roots”. Sarah’s husband OPP Sergeant Sylvain Routhier died by suicide. Sarah would like all first responders and their families to read her book and recognize the symptoms of declining mental health to prevent suicide. The book can be purchased on Amazon. The video of Sarah’s talk to congress is below:

A presentation on the Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program was done by Carl Dalton, the CEO of Dalton Associates. Over 1200 members and their families have accessed the program in the first 18 months of its existence. Plans for the future of the program were discussed. A presentation from the Healthy Workplace Team led by Chief Psychologist Dr. Vivien Lee was done to Congress.

A number of stakeholders attended at the Trade Show. Pictures of the Trade Show are posted on OPP Association Facebook.