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PLAQUE PRESENTED TO GEPAC
The Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada (GEPAC) was honoured with a plaque from Toronto City Councillor, Dr. Raymond Cho, at the organization’s 2012 Annual Remembrance Day Brunch.
As usual, the event was celebrated at the Rembrandt Banquet Hall and according to Dr. Cho, “This special event is a great opportunity to honour the hard work of countless brave men and women who selflessly dedicate their lives to service, and we pay our respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Today also provides us a chance to reaffirm our commitment to strive for peace and goodwill between all persons, within each community, and across every nation.”
Dr. Cho who represents Ward 42,Scarborough-RougeRiver, showered praise and sincerely thanked members of GEPAC, their supporters, friends and volunteers for organizing this wonderful event, and he commended us for our commitment in recognizing the fallen heroes, especially those brave police officers who sacrificed their lives.
The plaque was accepted by Lance Alexander, who was President of GEPAC at that time.
GEPAC CREATES HISTORY AGAIN
GEPAC created history again when the offspring of two former police officers were elected to the office of President and Vice-President of the organization in January.
John (Johno) Johnson was acclaimed President and John O’Dell was placed in the office as Vice-President unopposed.
That’s the first time ever that the top two positions in GEPAC are held by the children of police officers. John O’Dell was elected president …………
Incumbent Lance Alexander did not seek re-election to the office of President. He also created history by being the first second-generation police officer to lead the organization. He was also the first President to serve a two-year term since the constitution was amended to increase the term of office from one to two years. He now works on the executive as the Immediate Past President.
Gordon Collins was returned unopposed to the office of Secretary, while Cleveland Chester was acclaimed Treasurer for another term.
Other office-bearers are :
Roy Soobrian - Asst. Treasurer
Louis Jarvis, Bertrand Leacock and Yvette Mahon are Trustees
William Henry – Welfare Officer (acclaimed)
Roger Mattar - Public Relations Officer (acclaimed)
Sergeant-at-Arms - Fitzherbert Mars (acclaimed)
The elections took place at #42 Division Police Station,Milner Avenue,Scarboroughunder the scrutiny of Returning Officer Odida Quamina, on January 12, 2013.
This executive will be in office for the next two years.
The Appreciation Award was recommended by the Guyana Independence Committee and presented to Bro. Julian by Guyana’s Honorary Consul General, the Hon. Sattie Sawh, on the occasion of Guyana’s 46th Independence Anniversary Dinner and Dance at the Elite Banquet Hall & Convention Centre, Toronto, on May 26th.
The Award to Bro. Julian reads: “In recognition of your extraordinary commitment and dedication to Community Services and to the preservation of Guyanese Heritage.”
Bro. Julian immigrated to Canada during the early 1970`s and always exhibited a spark for volunteerism. Through GEPAC, various organizations and causes ranging from churches to community youth programs, health leadership and mentoring, he is a beacon of light in several groups. He served as a Vice-President of GEPAC, as Chair of the Fund Raising Committee and is a dedicated member of this committee for the last several years. He is also a lead vocalist for GEPAC’s choir.
Since his days as a police officer inGuyana, Bro. Julian exhibited discipline and an assiduous attitude for community activity. Little wonder then, that he was put in charge of security measures at the Guyana Independence Festival for the last several years, overseeing safety and ensuring the necessary precautions for patrons and participants.
Bro. Julian is a keen sportsman and was a member of Canada’s field hockey team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Members of the Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada (GEPAC) were recently educated on the pitfalls to avoid and the proper course of actions to pursue if they are ever involved in an accident, especially a motor vehicle accident.
In simple, clear and concise language, and without the use of legalese and hyperbole, members were informed that whenever there is a motor vehicle accident, especially one resulting in serious injury, incapacitation or death, it is imperative that legal consul be contacted at the earliest opportunity.
These tidbits were shared and explained in detail by Lisa Penick and Steven Glowinsky, associates of the law firm Bogoroch & Associates and the occasion was a special educational session for members at our April monthly meeting.
Lisa and Steven concentrated their presentation on the importance of knowing your rights should you be the victim of a motor vehicle accident. The meeting was informative and interactive, followed-up with a one-hour Question and Answer period. During this time, members were encouraged to ask any and all questions about personal injury law.
Bogoroch & Associates is a Toronto-based law firm specializing in serious personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, products liability and disability claims litigation throughout Ontario. This particular topic was in high demand by members of GEPAC, and the presentation surpassed our expectations.
GEPAC’s meeting with Bogoroch & Associates did not disappoint. The dialogue was interesting, important and enlightening. We are working with our friends at this law firm to schedule another presentation in the near future.
Lisa and Steven told us they would welcome calls and queries from you, family members, relatives, friends and associates. They can be reached as follows:
Lisa Penick: (416) 341-5625, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Glowinsky: (416) 341-5616, email@example.com
––Malvern Mall in Scarborough on Saturday, April 16
–Albion Mall in Etobicoke on Saturday, May 28
–Westwood Mall in Mississauga on Saturday, October 15
We were very successful with the presentations from several participants, including Metro Toronto Police, York Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Canadian Forces, Peel Regional Police, Canadian Security Services, Toronto Fire Department and Mississauga Fire Services.
GEPAC was assisted with contributions for these Job Fairs by El Dorado Jewelers in Scarborough, McDonald’s branches in Malvern and Scarborough, and Krispie Cream Donuts in Mississauga. GEPAC presented representatives of these companies with framed certificates of appreciation.
These events were coordinated by Brothers Floyd Blyden and Roger Mattar. They are working out details for this year’s Job Fairs. Check out our website for details.
We are aware that Police Services and other organizations across the country are developing strategic recruitment plans to increase representation of women, aboriginals, visible minorities and disabled persons in their organization. As part of our community outreach program; we are seeking to assist police services across the Greater Toronto Area in facilitating an information session in the format of a job fair and a career workshop for young people of visible minorities and others who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement and to become proud members of the Canadian Armed Forces serving Canada by defending its values, interests and sovereignty at home and abroad.
We have worked closely with many Police Services and other organizations for the last 5 years promoting this initiative in various communities within the City of Toronto and at the same time meeting face-to-face with motivated young people offering guidance and encouraging them to be members of these organizations.
We have had a very successful year in this activity, our achievements were:
- Saturday, April 24/2010 – 10:30 – 4:00 pm – Malvern Mall, Scarborough, Toronto.
- Saturday, May 29/2010 – 10:30 – 4:00 pm – Albion Mall, 1530 Albion Road, Etobicoke, Toronto.
- Saturday, September 25/2010 – 10:30 – 4:00 pm – Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Road, Toronto
They were all very successful, both the presenters and participants were impressed with our presentation.
The presenters were Toronto Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, York Regional Police, Peel Regional Police, Prisons and Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
We look forward to continuing this worthwhile service to our Community in 2011.
________________________________ Roger Mattar – President
Guyana Ex-Police Association, Canada
The home of the Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada
Our organization’s purpose is to foster love and fellowship among all ex-police officers of the Guyana Police Force in Canada and the world at large. We are a non political or sectarian group. Our membership is a mixed group of individuals that reflects the makeup of Guyana.
The Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada (GEPAC) presented recently-retired Deputy Chief Anthony “Tony” Warr with a commemorative plaque as a token of our appreciation and a “Thank you for your Support and Service to our Community”.
The formal presentation was made by Police Auxiliary Superintendent Frank Fernandes, who is a member of GEPAC and Patron of the Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organizations (AGCO). This event took place at the Annual Brunch of the Guyanese Pioneer Fundraising Group on November 20, 2011 at Rembrandt Banquet Halls.
Deputy Chief Warr headed the Specialised Operations Command of the Toronto Police Services up to the time of retirement.
This panoramic photo shows proud GEPAC members from left to right: Gordon Collins, Superintendent Bob Clarke who also recently retired from the Toronto Police Services, Dessie Fanfair, Louis Jarvis, Julian Austin, Frank Fernandes, Thelma Tappin – President of the Guyanese Pioneer Fundraising Group, Tony Warr showing off his plaque, Joy Simon, Roger Mattar, Cheryl Smith, John O’Dell and William Henry.
GEPAC member Lucille Charles, who is also the Vice-President of the Guyanese Pioneer Fundraising Group was indisposed when this photograph was snapped.
EXECUTIVE MEMBERS – GEPAC 2011
Standing L to R: Welfare Officer William Henry, Vice-President John Johnson, Treasurer, Cleveland Chester, Sergeant-at-Arm Fitzherbert Mars, Trustee Louis Jarvis, and Asst. Treasurer Roy Soobrian.
Seated are: Trustee Bert Leacock, Immediate Past President Roger Mattar, President Lance Alexander, Trustee Dessie Fanfair and Secretary Gord Collins.
Absent are Public Relations Officer Frederick Halley and Asst. Secretary John O’Dell
EXECUTIVE & GENERAL MEMBERS – GEPAC