2005 Member of the Year

Date: October 1, 2005

OPPA “Bill Elliott" Member of the Year

MARTY MCNAMARA


No. 7 Branch is requesting that you consider our Vice President:  Marty McNamara (P.C. #9080 –Southern Georgian Bay Detachment) as a possible candidate for OPPA Member of the Year.

Marty has been involved with police associations for most of his police service, having served as the President of the Wallaceburg Police Assoc., Vice-President of the Penetanguishene Police Association and with the OPPA for the last 8 years since amalgamating into the OPP from the Penetanguishene Police Service.  Here he’s held positions of Detachment Rep. (Midland Det.), Director and for the last several years:  Vice President of 7 Branch.

Marty is extremely supportive of the branch, involving himself in much of the business of the branch as well as providing private rooms in each of his restaurants (Kings’ Buffets in Barrie and Orillia) as a pleasant location for holding Branch meetings.

Marty has always been involved in the community, particularly with local youth.  Marty first started coaching baseball and hockey teams in high school at the age of 17, continuing this while attending the University of Windsor.  Marty served as coach for the boys and girls’ Track and Field Team at Penetanguishene Secondary School.  Marty has remarked that one of the most satisfying aspects of his coaching track is that some 8 students went on to become police officers, several now working in his same detachment.  4 others went on to become by-law enforcement officers and one is at university studying forensics.

Marty ran the detachment baseball team for several years, obtaining sponsorship and setting the schedules.      

Marty and his wife Monique have 4 children of their own and he is very active helping out at their schools – Canadian Martyrs in Perkinsfield and also St. Louis in Penetanguishene.

All of Marty’s children are active in Lacrosse leagues and in addition to coaching a team himself he makes almost daily trips, driving various kids to various locations for games. 

Marty was one of the key organizers for Cops for Cancer in 1998 and raised more money than anyone else.  He is the planner and organizer of the annual 7 Branch Wasaga Waterworld Family day held each summer.

Most importantly Marty is the founder and annual organizer of the Tom Coffin Memorial Golf Tournament, held each September, for the last 8 years.  Marty’s tireless efforts means he gives hundreds of hours of his own time making arrangements, advertising, selling tickets, organizing the play and dinner and seeking sponsorships and prizes.  To date the annual tournament has raised over thirty thousand dollars which has been donated to local charities. 

Through their restaurant Marty and his wife are involved in many community endeavors:  sponsoring a local minor league hockey team, providing food for both the Women’s and Homeless shelters, assisting the local Meals on Wheels program (seniors who are shut-ins) and the Feed Kids for School program.  Fundraising activities involve participation in the annual Orillia Perch Derby, the Helping Hands program, the Dragon Boat Races as well as supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the local Christmas Toy Drive and the nearby Soldier’s Memorial Hospital.

Marty McNamara is a member who receives great enjoyment and personal satisfaction  from helping others and who truly does give back to the community.