2014 Member of the Year Award

Date: October 31, 2014

OPPA "Bill Elliott" Member of the Year

MARK DEW

 
Provincial Constable Mark Dew joined the OPP in November of 1984. Mark has been in regular attendance at # 1 Branch, Lambton County OPPA meetings and assists in all charitable events to further the image of the OPPA and its members in our communities, including Cops and Kids Cooking in local high schools, Cops and Kids fishing, Cops for Cancer and Big Bike for Heart and Stroke events. As the Crime Stoppers coordinator for Sarnia-Lambton, Mark is the face and voice of our members on local radio and cable television and a goodwill ambassador and liaison between our members and the Sarnia Police Service.

On a provincial scale, as a member of the Commissioner’s Own Pipe and Drums, Mark is front and center at graduations, police funerals, memorial services and Remembrance Day services. During a brief absence from the band, Mark received a personal invitation to return to the Commissioner’s Own band.  Mark piped Bill in on a number of occasions and we all know how much Bill loved the Scottish bagpipes.

As much as Mark has been a visible presence in the roles noted above, we would like to acknowledge Mark’s efforts behind the scenes in supporting our members. Mark has been an exceptional member of the former Peer Support Program in the early 90’s through its evolution to our current Critical Incident Stress Responder program within the Employee assistance Program. In this role, Mark has supported our members in a compassionate and confidential manner through a wide array of personal and professional issues both individually and in group defusing and debriefing sessions. His calming and compassionate presence at such horrific events as the September 1999 multi-vehicle “fog crash” collision on Hwy 401 outside of Windsor where 7 members of the public lost their lives brought a sense of strength and support to our members. The murder of Provincial Constable Jim McFadden on December 31, 1999 followed six months later with the death of Sgt Margaret Eve, both members from Chatham-Kent Detachment, demonstrated a commitment above and beyond by Mark through his confidential support of many uniform and civilian members affected by these tragic deaths. He again demonstrated his strong support for our members following the death of 15 migrant workers in a motor vehicle collision in Perth County, supporting those in need throughout the incident.

These few specific examples don’t do justice to the true extent of Marks support to our members over two decades.  The number of officers and circumstances that Mark has supported is too long to list in the time allotted this evening.

Mark will retire this year and as occupational stress injuries have become such an important issue to our members, we would like to extend our appreciation to a member who has made a career long commitment to the well being of our members in West Region and has been a proud and active member of # 1 Branch throughout his career.