Forrest Spencer has been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run committee for 3 years.
He joined the PEI LETR committee in 2018 as a representative of the Atlantic Police Academy. Under his leadership, Special Olympics PEI athletes have had amazing experiences as they build rapport with Cadets. Last year the Atlantic Police Academy hosted a basketball game between the police Cadets and Special Olympics athletes from the Summerside Basketball program. “Everyone had so much fun. Our faces hurt from smiling and laughing so much. For most of the Cadets, it was their first true experience with Special Olympics. I think that event will motivate many of those Cadets to continue their relationships with Special Olympics as they start their careers” said Forrest.
Team work and Caring are two values Forrest says are important to the LETR. These are shown in the ways he invite athletes to visit the Academy to share their stories, and for Cadets to be inspired about the impact they can have in their community by being part of the larger team.
PEI’s Law Enforcement Torch Run
The PEI Law Enforcement Torch Run is made up of members across 10 agencies across the Island. This group of dedicated individuals raises thousands of dollars for Special Olympics PEI programs each year. They have been an active partner of Special Olympics PEI for more than 25 years (since 1991), during which time they have raised over $275,000 to enrich the lives of Island athletes. From Polar Plunges to Truck Convoys, and other annual events, representatives from these agencies have come together, dedicating their personal time to fundraise and support Special Olympics PEI athletes. They are helping create more inclusive communities! Anyone can participate in their LETR fundraising community events. To check out upcoming events stay connected with their Website and Facebook Page
Agencies currently represented: Atlantic Police Academy, Charlottetown Police Services, Conservations, Corrections, Youth Justice Services, Highway Safety, Parks Canada, RCMP, Summerside Police Services, UPEI Security Services.
LETR Around the World
An international organization, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest public awareness and grassroots fundraising organization for Special Olympics globally. The Torch Run™ itself is an event in which officers run the Flame of Hope™ into an Opening Ceremony at local, national and world competitions. As retired Chief Richard LaMunyon once said, “What started …as a flicker of hope for Special Olympics has now become a roaring flame of stability for Special Olympics athletes worldwide.”