2007 Member of the Year

Date: October 26, 2007

OPPA “Bill Elliott" Member of the Year


Cal worked at Algoma Steel of Sault Ste Marie before joining the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department where he worked for one year before making the move back to his hometown to join the Sault Ste Marie Police Department. He policed there from 1976 to 1983 attaining the rank of Sergeant when he took his first secondment to the Ontario Police College. Realizing a good thing, in 1987 he became a full-time member of the permanent instructional staff. While at the OPC he moved through a variety of roles including Special Projects Unit and Team Leader Coordinator of Recruit Training. From 1993 to 1994 Cal was the Acting Chief Instructor. In 1995 Cal became the Coordinator of Level IV Training and is presently the Coordinator of Advance Patrol Training. In that role Cal assists in the provincial delivery of Block Training to municipal police and OPP detachments.

Cal was instrumental in the movement to represent the civilian instructional staff at the OPC. He was deeply involved in the preparation of a successful business case that resulted in the OPC Instructors becoming members of the OPPA at the time all civilian members were absorbed into the OPPA. Cal continues to represent those members in a most tireless manner. He is well respected at the College in that role which he fell into naturally. He has held executive positions within the OPC Instructor’s Association on many occasions over the years he has spent at the College. As part of that organization, he has been involved in many charitable events in addition to his regular duties, including being an organizer of the OPC Golf Tournament for the past 20 years. This annual golf tournament has raised over $50,000 for the London Regional Cancer Research Centre. He is also a founding member of the OPC Instructor’s Association Tuck Shop that was initiated in 1983. Cal has remained continuously active with this group since inception holding every position on the committee from Committee Member to Chairperson.
Cal has been and continues to be an active member of his Branch, being a regular attendee at almost every Branch meeting since joining the OPPA. He was even attending Branch meetings before the change to OPPA representation. He willingly took on his current role as 2 Branch OPC Executive Officer and speaks on behalf of his members at every opportunity to College Management Committee. He supports the eventual movement of the remaining support staff in their goal of attaining membership in the OPPA to ensure a continuity of training during labour strife in the Ontario Public Sector. His early involvement firmed up his belief in the professionalism of the OPPA Branch system and he is supportive of the Senior Board and the overall staff and members.

Cal is involved in many ways with the police community outside his duties with the OPC. He is a part-time instructor with Applicant Testing Services that prepares and provides testing for future police officers in Ontario. There have been many meetings or training sessions where Cal meets up with former applicants and later when they are hired as recruits attending OPC. They all praise Cal’s steady leadership example.

Cal is also a supporter of a Junior C hockey team in Aylmer, the Aylmer Spitfires. Cal has even been known to sell tickets at the door and clean rooms after games to support his team. He is an avid basketball and sports enthusiast and travels to the US with friends to attend a few days of the College March Madness week.

As mentioned, Cal has been known to play a little golf in his time. He is a long-time member of the St Thomas Golf and Country Club. Cal recently made an odyssey to the links of St Andrews, Scotland just to prove that he really does know how to play the game. And he even pulled a few strings in his police brotherhood to arrange a round at the exclusive Red Tail Course outside St Thomas. Unfortunately, Tiger Woods, Magic Johnson and Mike Weir stayed away those days or he would have had an even better story to tell.

Cal and his spouse, Phyllis have one son, Nic, who is a French teacher at an elementary school in the London area. Following in the seeming family tradition of helping others, Nic spent some time overseas teaching English as a second language for a number of years in South Korea. Phyllis recently retired from full time duties as a registered nurse at London hospitals and works part time at the College as the College nurse. So, with Cal spending more time at home this year, now he can dutifully wait upon her when she returns from the College.
Cal is one of those members who believes in the ideals of the OPPA and feels that our role is truly serving its members equally whether uniform or civilian. He is to be commended for his involvement in policing and the community in which he lives. As one of his close friends and co-workers has described him, Cal is a “doer”. If you want something done, not “talked about”, or “discussed”, or “considered”, but actually done and done well, Cal’s your guy!!

Congratulations to Cal and his wife, Phyllis.


OPP Association Honourary Life Membership

The attached video clip highlights the OPP Association Honourary Life Membership presentations made by President Karl Walsh to Don Cherry and Ron McLean.

This video was played at the President's Banquest at the 2007 OPP Association Annual General Meeting in Huntsville on October 18, 2007.

 Watch Video Here