The PEI Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics committee recently welcomed new Co-Chairs, Scott Stevenson and Kristi MacKay. It is our pleasure to both welcome and introduce Scott and Kristi! Everyone at Special Olympics PEI, including our over 660 athletes, look forward to seeing the great things we know they will do as they help raise funds and awareness for local programs.
Scott Stevenson, Retired RCMP
Scott Stevenson has been a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics committee for 24 years! This incredible commitment to the Special Olympics movement earns him the honour of being the longest serving committee member.
In 2017, Scott represented Canada by taking part in the Special Olympics World Winter Games Final Leg run in Austria. Getting together with LETR members from around the world and listening to the athlete's stories from various countries was a memory he will cherish forever.
He sees Passion and Commitment as values that both the athletes and the law enforcement community show on a daily basis.
Kristi MacKay, Charlottetown Police Services
Kristi has been an active member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics committee for 8 years. She continues to take on initiatives that have moved the committee forward and always has the best interest of the athletes at the forefront of her ideas.
Kristi has participated in two Special Olympics National Games Final Leg runs, first in 2018 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and then again in 2020 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She recalls feeling a huge sense of pride when running into the Opening Ceremonies, giving Team PEI athletes high fives.
She feels Inclusion is one of the most important values, and speaks of the importance of overcoming exclusion while promoting participating in many different capacities, be it sports, life or school.
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.”