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BC LETR leaders honoured in Order of Merit

18 May 2012

Congratulations are in order for a trio of outstanding officers who have been a significant source of leadership and support for the BC Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). Last week in Ottawa, Deputy Chief Constable Rick Lucy of the Abbotsford Police Department, Chief Superintendent Rick Taylor of the RCMP and Deputy Chief Doug LePard of the Vancouver Police Department were honoured in an investiture ceremony for the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Deputy Chief LePard was elevated to Officer of the Order of Merit, while Deputy Chief Lucy and Chief Superintendent Taylor were named Members of the Order of Merit. In the investiture ceremony, the Governor General of Canada conferred honours on one Commander of the Order of Merit, nine Officers and 24 Members.

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces salutes their long-term, outstanding service, recognizing “conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of the Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community.”

A 29-year veteran of the Abbotsford Police Department, Deputy Chief Lucy is the current Provincial Director of the BC LETR, and has provided significant leadership for the movement and for Special Olympics BC at large. He has been a champion for athletes with intellectual disabilities as a member of the BC LETR movement for more than 20 years, and he has stepped up to serve SOBC athletes in even more direct channels. He is also a member of SOBC’s Board of Directors, chaired the Games Organizing Committee for the 2009 Special Olympics BC Summer Games held in Abbotsford, and has served as a coach and mission staff member with teams for Special Olympics National and World Games.

Chief Superintendent Taylor of the RCMP has also played a significant part in the BC LETR as a former member of the Executive Council and an inspiring champion of Special Olympics, one who truly feels and values the power of the movement. Chief Superintendent Taylor served on the Executive Council until he moved to Edmonton and the RCMP’s “K” Division last summer, but he continues his involvement with the LETR movement in Alberta as a member of their Executive. He took part in the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. He is pictured at right after the Burnaby leg of the 2011 Torch Run.

Also a former member of the BC LETR Executive Council, the VPD’s Deputy Chief LePard has long been committed to supporting the movement. From lacing up for Torch Runs to speaking movingly about Special Olympics and the dedication and compassion of the LETR members, Deputy Chief LePard has been a much-valued voice and presence for the LETR movement in B.C.

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Deputy Chief Constable Rick Lucy of the Abbotsford Police Department named to the Order of Merit by the Governor General.

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