Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Law enforcement members carry the torch high in 2015

7 December 2015

2015 has been a big year for the BC Law Enforcement Torch Run, with significant events and fundraising achievements for Special Olympics BC by departments and detachments around the province. Thank you to the BC LETR for raising $147,000 this year for SOBC programs, raising awareness, and being champions for SOBC athletes!

In other exciting news, Rick Lucy, the BC LETR Director, was elected to the International Executive Council as the Region XI (Canada) representative and coordinator. Congratulations to Lucy for taking on this new role within the larger LETR movement.

2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games Final Leg

On February 19, law enforcement members helped kick off the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops with the BC Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg. The run finished at the Games Opening Ceremony, where Constable Meagan Grainger of the Kamloops RCMP and SOBC – Kamloops athlete Brian Bourns lit the Games cauldron with the Flame of Hope to signal the start of competition

Torch Run Month

Torch Run fever swept the province in June, with law enforcement runners and Special Olympics athletes taking to the streets in their communities to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics BC.

Pictured at right: Participants at the 2015 Torch Run in Cranbrook.

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2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Final Leg

From July 13 to 25, S/Sgt. Wild and BC LETR Provincial Director Rick Lucy had the honour of joining an international team of law enforcement runners in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games LETR Final Leg, carrying the Flame of Hope throughout California communities and into the World Games Opening Ceremony. 

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Draft an Athlete

In 2015, BC Law Enforcement Torch Run members from across the province came together to support the Team BC 2016 Training Squad by Drafting athletes to the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games to be held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. Agencies and LETR partners raised more than $83,000 to help 83 athletes experience the National Games. We are so grateful to our law enforcement partners who continue to support the athletes training hard to compete!

BC LETR Executive Council update

This year brought exciting changes to the BC LETR Executive Council with two new members coming on board. The BC LETR is pleased to welcome the newest Executive members, Assistant Commissioner Dan Malo from the Lower Mainland RCMP and Inspector Howard Chow from the Vancouver Police Department. Both A/Comm. Malo and Insp. Chow will be excellent resources for the BC LETR and contribute greatly to the growth of the program in the Lower Mainland Region.

We would also like to congratulate Rick Lucy on his retirement this year from the Abbotsford Police Department.

2015 BC LETR Regional Workshops

Earlier this year, the BC Law Enforcement Torch Run hosted a regional workshop in the Interior, where participants finished their day by taking part in the Final Leg into the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops.

In November, the LETR hosted a regional workshop in the Lower Mainland where members from a range of agencies came together to share ideas about fundraising initiatives and events in their communities. The day finished with members hitting the bowling lanes with SOBC athletes.

Please check our website, www.specialolympics.bc.ca/letr, for updates regarding regional workshop announcements in 2016.

International Conference

This year the Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference in the Bahamas brought together more than 1,500 law enforcement members from agencies around the world, including six BC LETR members. Participants had a chance to share ideas and learn from other successful programs in order to continue to grow the international movement.

During the conference, participants learned the LETR raised more than $51 million US in 2014 for Special Olympics programs worldwide.

In other exciting news, Rick Lucy, the BC LETR Director, was elected to the International Executive Council as the Region XI (Canada) representative and coordinator. Congratulations to Lucy for taking on this new role within the larger LETR movement!

In 2016, the International Conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, from September 15 to 17.

Pictured at left: BC LETR Director Rick Lucy, Constable Sheri Lucas of the Oak Bay Police Department, Staff Sergeant Joanne Wild of the Vancouver Police Department, Constable Lisa Schlatter of the Cranbrook RCMP, Constable Troy Parsons of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police, and Staff Sergeant Debbie McLeod of the Delta Police Department at the LETR International Conference.

2015 LETR event recap

Special Olympics BC would like to thank the various agencies who organized events in 2015 to raise funds and awareness.

The Delta Police Department hosted their successful annual 50/50 draw at a Vancouver Giants game right before the new year and are looking forward to the 2016 event on March 11. 

The Victoria Police Department faced off against the Saanich Police Department in front of packed stands for their annual Battle of the Badges hockey game in March to benefit SOBC. The two agencies came together with the Oak Bay Police Department and Central Saanich Police Service in May to host a two-day Free the Fuzz roof sit at Uptown shopping centre in Victoria.

In its second year, the Metro Vancouver Transit Police Golf Tournament raised more than $17,000 – more than double the 2014 total – and organizers are excited to beat this number on May 19, 2016. The Cycle for a Cause fundraiser, organized by Transit Police and the Burnaby RCMP also raised more than double than in its first year.

The Abbotsford Police Department hosted their annual Challenge Run in June. Many community members came out to take part and support this family-oriented event for SOBC.

We also thank the many agencies who held raffles, hosted barbecues, and sold T-shirts this year to raise funds for SOBC.

A law enforcement member passes SOBC - Langley athlete Melissa Semke the torch at the start of the Langley Torch Run leg

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