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OPP Association Board of Directors attend the 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance May 5th, 2024 in Toronto. LtoR: Director Dave Dube, DirectorTerri Hubbert, Director Mike Adair, President John Cerasuolo, Vice President David Sabatini, Director Lynn Neale and Director Rob Jamieson
OPP Association Board of Directors attend the 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance May 5th, 2024 in Toronto. LtoR: Director Dave Dube, DirectorTerri Hubbert, Director Mike Adair, President John Cerasuolo, Vice President David Sabatini,
Director Lynn Neale and Director Rob Jamieson

The OPP Association Board of Directors thank everyone who turned out and supported the 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance at the Ontario Police Memorial on Queen’s Park Cr in Toronto on Sunday May 5th, 2024. A total of 281 names of police officers who have died in the line of duty are now engraved on the Memorial. There are 113 of those names were members of the Ontario Provincial Police.

This year, the names of OPP Sergeant Eric Mueller and OPP Detective Constable Steven Tourangeau were added to the Memorial, witnessed by their families who all attended the event. Two historical names were also added this year.

Several families of fallen officers attended the Ceremony, joined by a large contingent of police officers and civilian members. The event was attended by dignitaries, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable Edith Dumon, The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, The Honourable Michael Kerzner, Solicitor General and Mayor of Toronto Olivia Chow.

A mass pipe pand, police motorcycles, mounted officers and thousands of uniformed police officers and civilian members were a part of the March Past saluting families following the one hour Ceremony, as families of the Fallen Officers, and dignitaries stood on the red carpeted platform to take the salute.

There was a live broadcast of the event, that included the Reading of the Names of all 281 police officers on the Memorial, as well as a special pre-show that celebrated the history of the Memorial with an interview of retired OPP officer Dave Brown, who has been the historian for the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation since its inception. Lianne Hovingh, widow of OPP Provincial Constable Marc Hovingh laid the wreath on behalf of families. Lianne, along with Nancy MacDonald, widow of Sudbury Police Service Constable Joe MacDonald both spoke in the pre-show about the significance of the Memorial to Survivors of Law Enforcement (SOLE), a support group for families of fallen officers.

OPP Sergeant Trevor McKean shared his story of the line of duty murder of his father, and the significance of the Memorial to his family and the entire police family. The Reading of the Names, the Pre-Show and the Ceremony including the March Past was broadcasted on large screens at the Memorial and live online. The Ceremony and the individual segments of the pre-show can be viewed anytime on the “HeroesInLife” Youtube channel. An album of photos is posted on the “HeroesInLife” Facebook page. Our fallen officers will always be remembered as our Heroes In Life, Not Death.

Watch archived livestream on OPMF Youtube of the 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance including the Reading of the Names, Pre-Show, Ceremony and March Past.
Click on video to listen to Presidents of the OPPA, TPA and PAO speak at today’s press conference

Today OPPA President John Cerasuolo was joined by OPPA Directors Rob Jamieson and Mike Adair, the Toronto Police Association, the Police Association of Ontario, Police Associations and Police Services from across Ontario, and Public Safety Personnel in Aurora for the Ontario Government launch of the Ontario Immediate Family Wellness Program (OIFWP).

This Ontario Government is investing $3.18 million into mental health services tailored specifically for the families of Public Safety Personnel in Ontario who have lost a loved one in the line of duty or to a suicide.

This program is modelled on the OPPA’s existing Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program (which will not change), and is specific to the extended families and loved ones of line of duty deaths and suicides who may not be covered by traditional dependent benefits.

The program serves as a lifeline, offering comprehensive support including counseling, therapy, and mental health treatment. The program will also provide compassionate assistance for up to two years following a tragedy, ensuring timely access to crucial services at no cost. Eligible family members, including partners, parents, siblings, children, or identified significant individuals, will have access to crisis support, counseling, and therapy via phone or online. 

This three-step care model encompasses crisis and care planning available 24/7, comprehensive services facilitating rapid access to counseling, and proactive care tailored to individual needs and locations.

For further details visit the Ontario Government press release for the launch below.