2012 Members of the Year

Date: October 25, 2012

OPPA “Bill Elliott” Members of the Year
PATRICK ARMSTRONG – Co-recipient
&
CELESTE BAILEY  – Co-recipient


PATRICK ARMSTRONG

After a distinguished career in the military, Patrick joined the OPP in 2002 and met his coach officer, Provincial Constable David Mounsey, upon being posted to Town of Wingham.  Dave and his life partner Brenda invited Patrick into their home and lives, including the social life after work, the West Region Ceremonial Unit, and many other outings that help to build their friendship.

In 2006, Dave was involved in a single motor vehicle collision, and later passed away as a result of his injuries. Patrick had been the first officer on the scene.
 
In honour of his friend and mentor, Patrick founded the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund in 2009.

In addition to his duties as Executive Director and Founder of the DMMF, Patrick is as a Provincial Constable in the Huron OPP, a Board Member with St. John’s Ambulance, within the Air Cadet Program in Goderich, as well a medal mounting and restoration business. 

Congratulations on your achievements, Patrick, and on your award as a co-recipient of the OPP Association “Bill Elliott” Member of the Year.



CELESTE BAILEY

Celeste Bailey has been a dispatcher with the Ontario Provincial Police at the West Region PCC in London for the past 9 years and has been an important force behind the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund since its inception. 

She was the Fund’s first president, and was instrumental in creating and managing such events as the "Ride Your Heart Out" Motorcycle Ride, the Valentine’s Day Gala, and the Dancing with the Stars of the OPP.  She also helped to raise funds at the DMMF Golf Tournament and the "Run around the Square" event. 

Most recently, Celeste was the key organizer and Team Captain of the OPP "Project Glee" team.  Comprised of nine OPP members, the team competed in this season's reality show "CANADA SINGS", a program televised on Global TV.  Despite their best efforts they didn't win the competition, but because of their hard work, dedication, and commitment, these men and women still succeeded in securing a $15,000 donation for the DMMF and bringing national exposure to the charity named in Dave Mounsey's honour.

Congratulations on your achievements, Celeste, and on your award as a co-recipient of the OPP Association “Bill Elliott” Member of the Year.


THE DAVE MOUNSEY MEMORIAL FUND

The Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund (DMMF) was established to donate defibrillators to schools, legions, churches, and other community centers.  In October 2009, The DMMF was able to donate its first defibrillator in the name of Dave himself, in the village of Blyth.  Donations in the name of Matthew Dinning, James McFadden, Marg Eve were next, as well as in the name of Paramedics and other soldiers and Police. 

To date, the Dave Mounsey Fund has donated nearly twenty-five lifesaving defibrillators throughout Ontario, with more to come in the future.  2012 has seen the creation of the Ava’s Heart project, which promotes the donation of defibrillators to schools and churches, as well as the Community Service Awards.  These awards will include the Sgt. Marg Eve Award, the Corporal Matthew Dinning Award and the Provincial Constable Vu Pham Award.