ORILLIA – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and OPP Youth Foundation were joined by local dignitaries, current and former OPP members and their families and friends for an official dedication ceremony for the Pathway of Memories that was recently installed at OPP General Headquarters (GHQ).
The Pathway of Memories serves to honour OPP members and spouses, current, former, uniform, civilian, auxiliary and volunteers who have contributed to the history of the OPP. The members are honoured through donated, inscribed memory stones which are inlaid into the Pathway of Memories on the memorial terrace at GHQ.
“Today’s dedication ceremony marks the first installment of the 226 memory stones that have been donated and dedicated as a lasting and public record of service to those who have contributed to the OPP’s legacy over the years. The Pathway is a unique way to honour and show our appreciation to those who have made a positive mark in the history of the OPP.” – J.V.N (Vince) HAWKES, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner.
“The Pathway of Memories is an excellent opportunity to express a memory in a tangible and permanent way that is befitting to all those who have gone before us and to those who, to this day, provide meaning and purpose to the notion of selfless dedication to the OPP”. – Dave LEE, OPP Youth Foundation Chair.
The Pathway of Memories helps raise funds for the OPP Youth Foundation, which provides OPP members with the resources they need to create social and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Ontario communities.