Law Enforcement Torch Run®


The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness and grassroots fundraising organization for Special Olympics globally. The LETR hold a number of year-round fundraising and awareness events in communities across Canada. The LETR are supported by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and have been an active partner of Special Olympics Canada since 1987.

The Torch Run™ is the most well-known event that the LETR host. The Torch Run is an event in which officers run the Flame of Hope™ into an Opening Ceremony at local, regional and national competitions. Grown to include a wide range of regional and national events, the LETR have raised more than $ 72 million in Canada, since its inception.

As retired Chief Richard LaMunyon once said, “What started in 1981…as a flicker of hope for Special Olympics has now become a roaring flame of stability for Special Olympics athletes worldwide.”

History of LETR in Canada

The LETR program first began in Wichita, Kansas in 1981. Toronto police officers Chief Jack Marks (Ret’d) and Lorne White (Ret’d) successfully organized the first Torch Run on Canadian soil in Toronto in June 1987. More than 1,100 LETR officers from 36 agencies took part in the event, covering more than 900 kilometres before arriving into Varsity Arena in Toronto to light the flame, signaling the opening of the International Special Olympics Floor Hockey Tournament.


Regional LETR Contacts

To learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run, please contact your regional Chapter representative below.

Region XI – Canada

Mark McGugan
LETR International Council


Braylon Hyggen

Celeste Soete
Liaison, Special Olympics Alberta

British Columbia

Rick Lucy
Director, Abbotsford Police Services 

Meg Ishida Liaison, Special Olympics BC


Kristen Tompsett
Director, Manitoba First Nations Police Service

Jennifer Campbell
Liaison, Special Olympics Manitoba

New Brunswick

Brian Cummings 
Director, Miramichi Police Force

Jane Mckeown
Liaison, Special Olympics New Brunswick


Wendy Murphy
Co-Director, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Lynette Wells
Co-Director, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Trish Williams
Liaison, Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Kim Robinson
Director, Halifax Police Service

John MacDonald 
Liaison, Special Olympics Nova Scotia

Northwest Territories

Heather Cosenzo 
Director, YellowKnife RCMP

Lynn Elkin
Liaison, Special Olympics NT


Derek Spence
Liaison, Special Olympics Ontario

Karen Richards
Director, York Regional Police Services

Prince Edward Island

Scott Stevenson Co-Chair, Retired, RCMP

Charity Sheehan
Liaison, Special Olympics PEI 

Margie Villard
Liaison, Special Olympics PEI


Sylvain Chevalier
Acting Deputy Director, Police Department of the City of Mascouche 

Ode Caron
Liaison, Special Olympics Quebec


Rhonda Meakin 
Director, Prince Albert Police

Faye Matt
Liaison, Special Olympics Saskatchewan 

Victoria Lacelle


Grant MacDonald
Director, RCMP

Serge Michaud
Liaison, Special Olympics Yukon