(WINDSOR, ON) – The Police Association of Ontario has selected Windsor Constable Cealia Gagnon as the Community Role Model winner in its second annual Police Services Hero of the Year award. Chatham-Kent Constable Amy Finn was also recognized in the same category.
The annual award recognizes Gagnon for going above and beyond the call of duty and best exemplifying the qualities of policing professionals in Ontario.
“This year, more than 300 police services professionals across Ontario were nominated for the Police Services Hero of the Year Award,” said PAO President, Bruce Chapman. He added that the amount of nominations received, “… speaks to the brave acts that our members perform daily to serve and protect Ontario’s communities. Our members perform heroic and exemplary acts almost every day, most of which go unrecognized.”
He also mentioned the province’s police officers, “… don’t put their lives on the line every day for recognition; they do it because they feel a duty to uphold the public’s safety.”
The Police Services Hero of the Year award recipients are nominated by the general public and selected by the PAO Awards Committee prior to the PAO Annual General Meeting from a pool of eligible nominees.
Constable Gagnon was cited for often exceeding expectations while also frequently volunteering with multiple organizations within the Windsor community. For her nominators, it was Constable Gagnon’s advice and life lessons that allowed them to personally grow and become more involved in their community.
Constable Gagnon’s impact was such that she became her nominator’s inspiration and role model over the course of just two short years.
Constable Finn’s nominator still can’t believe how this amazing officer and single mother works tirelessly while taking care of her four boys. She is said to be always cheerful and kind to everyone she meets and can always be found helping the community with toy drives, food banks, or raising money for cancer research.
Irrespective of their backgrounds, Constable Finn always shows people respect, honouring the service, and protecting her community. For her nominator, it’s an honour to call Constable Finn both a friend and mentor.