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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ontario Women in Law Enforcement is celebrating 20 years in the making. Save these dates March 9th 2017 and April 28th 2017

The 2017 OWLE Awards Banquet scheduled for April 28th 2017 promises to be one to remember. Nomination packages for the Awards have been sent to various police agencies and other organizations within Ontario.

Visit the website to obtain a nomination package or for more information. At

In addition to the Banquet, on March 9th 2017, OWLE will be celebrating  20 years in the making and the official unveiling of 100 years of women police in Ontario (1913-2013) This celebration will be taking place at the Ontario Police College 10:00am -11:30am and will feature Leanne Bradburn, Canada’s first female Chief of Police and Senator Gwen Boniface, OPP’s first female Commissioner. Please RSVP Dr. Jo-Ann Savoie at 

OWLE completed a project which represents the legacy of the “First” of women in policing throughout Ontario. In 2014, Past President Dr. Jo-Ann Savoie and the OWLE Board of Directors voted to commission a wall at OPC which would serve as a living reminder of these trailblazers who were the first women in their service, the province and the country  to fulfill particular duties or were the first in their service to be hired.

When you visit OPC, take a selfie at the wall and forward it to me at You too could be a trail blazer in your own right. Let’s keep the legacy going. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Successful event.

On November 3rd 2016, I had the pleasure of attending the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Fall training Day.  The event was attended by approximately 200 people and as very successful.

The speakers namely Kimberly Fawcett-Smith, Captain and serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces recounted her story which was both emotional and inspirational. As the only woman in Canadian Forces history to serve in combat in Afghanistan as an amputee, she inspired all of us to meet challenges face on looking at the future while learning from the past.

Her perseverance cannot be put in words but demonstrated in actions. We all can learn from this extraordinary woman.

The second speaker Margaret Couch, officer with Hamilton Police Service, using soft calming background music and calming voice, shared her personal story of challenges and how she survived these personal death related situations. Margaret embarked on a journey to self-discovery and educated us on how we can learned to manage stress and deal with difficult and unpredictable events. During her journey, Margaret completed her FPPT certification program which enables her to assist those members touched by PTSD.

Her will to survive and help others should be recognized.

Finally, attendees were presented with an exposé of the Regina Vs Pan Homicide Investigation. Detective Bill Courtice and Allan Cooke provided a summary of the investigation leading to the arrest and conviction of the accused.

This case shocked the region when a daughter plan and executed the killing of her mother and father.  Pan’s father survive the attack.  Motivated by greed, the accused is currently serving her sentence.

The Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Board of Directors should be commended for their successful organization in providing this great training opportunity to both men and women.

Sunday, August 7, 2016


The H Division Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Halifax Regional Police are please to host the 24th Annual Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement Training Conference, October 25th to 28th, 2016.  The conference is being held in Halifax Nova Scotia. The conference is being held at the Atlantica Halifax Hotel located at 1980 Robie Street, Halifax.

Use the block code "Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement Conference" to obtain the lowest possible conference rate.  Visit the hotel website at for more information about the venue.

This year focus will be innovation, adaptation, diversity and mentorship in the law enforcement community.

Registration are now open.

NEWS FROM Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE)

Keep this date. OWLE will be hosting their Annual Training day on November 3, 2016 at the Mississauga Grand Banquet Hall located at 35 Brunel Road, Mississauga. Visit their website for updates as to the content.

Keep this date. The 2017 Annual OWLE Awards Banquet will be held on April 28th 2017 at the Mississauga Grand Banquet Hall. Next year OWLE will be celebrating 20 years as an organization so plan on attending the event. For those who attended this year's event, the photos are available on the website.


OWLE is in the process of updating their signage and are currently seeking photographs of Ontario female officers depicted in historical or current event to use in a collage. Please forward any photographs to OWLE President Lisa Hewison at

Ensure that you have authority to use the photographs as they will be on display.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Once again the executive members and volunteers successfully achieved their annual Awards banquet. On May 6th 2016, approximately 580 people were in attendance to celebrate years of service milestones of hundreds of sworn and civilian female members in policing. In addition OWLE received 81 nominations for Major Awards. In total 17 Police Services were represented.

Join me in congratulating the following Major Award recipients in their respective Categories:
Presidential Award: Cobourg Chief of Police Kai Lui
Heritage Award: Strathroy-Caradoc Chief of Police Laurie Hayman
Civilian Category: Jennifer Duncan, NAPS Police
Community Service: Sergeant Peggy Gamble Ontario Provincial Police
Leadership: Staff Sgt. Dawn Orr Peel Regional Police
Excellence in Performance: Detective Tammy Casselman Ottawa Police Service
Mentoring: Staff Sgt. Cathy Bowden Durham Regional Police
Team Work: LEARN- Project involving Waterloo, Durham, Peel and Windsor Police Service.
Medal of Valour: Constable Elizabeth Skelding Waterloo Regional Police Service

Officer of the Year: Constable Tara McLorn Halton Regional Police Service.

Photos taken at the banquet will be available on the website in the near future 

Good Job to all and thank you President Jo-Ann Savoie for your leadership and Vision during the past 6 years.   

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Le 8 mars 2016, le Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), a célébré la journée internationale des femmes.
Afin de commémorer cet événement, le Directeur, M. Philippe Pichet, a offert à toutes les policières de son Service un jeton
pour célébrer cet événement.

J'étais très émue du nombre de policières et autres femmes dans le corps de police qui ont participé à cet événement. Elles ont vraiment fait la différence.

Je vous présente les membres du comité sans qui cet événement n'aurait pas été possible. Félicitations !

L'histoire des uniformes au fil du temps.

L'inspecteur Roxane Pitre en action.

J'ai eu le plaisir de rencontrer le Directeur du SPVM, M. Philippe Pichet. Un des objectifs de M. Pichet est d'augmenter le nombre de promotions de policières au niveau de la Direction, ce qui a déjà commencé d'ailleurs.

J'ai eu l'occasion de m'adresser aux invités et en exprimant mon plaisir de savoir que le SPVM comptait environ 33% de femmes policières. Bravo Montréal, le reste du Canada vous regarde !

Une démonstration de l'histoire des différents grades et uniformes que nos policières occupent.

Pour remercier le Directeur, le comité lui a offert un tableau incluant toutes les photos des policières du Service.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

REGISTER NOW for the 18th Annual OWLE Awards Banquet

2016 Ontario Women in Law Enforcement 18th Annual Awards Banquet:

The banquet is being held on May 6th 2016. 

Mississauga Grand Banquet & Convention Centre
35 Brunel Road,
Mississauga ON
Tel: (905) 501-0043

Registration for the banquet can be done on line at 

Should you require accomodations for an overnight stay, a block of rooms has been reserved for May 6-7 2016 at:

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Mississauga Hotel, ON, Canada - Hotel Exterior
100 Traders Boulevard
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 2H7
Tel: +1-905-890-9110
Fax: +1-905-890-9050 

On line reservations can be done at 


Sunday, February 21, 2016


International Women’s Day is fast approaching. 

To celebrate this event le Service de Police de Ville de Montreal (SPVM) will be celebrating 36 years of women in Policing for their Police Service. 

Lead by newly appointed Chief of Police Philippe Pichet, the celebration titled “Tu fais la difference” will also recognize IAWP’s centennial.  I am proud to attend this event and announce that some SPCUM have joined as IAWP members.
I am looking forward to this new relationship. 

Felicitation, et bienvenue au nouveaux membres.