A local Sioux Lookout Constables' hard work is being recognized.
Provincial Constable (PC) Andrea Degagne with the Sioux Lookout Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is being recognized for her determination and commitment to her community.
PC Degagne has been awarded the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) 2022 Award of Excellence in Community Safety, Wellness, and Crime Prevention.
The award is presented to an officer who works tirelessly to improve community safety and well-being.
In a statement from OACP, PC Degagne was described as someone who “advocates tirelessly and courageously for some of the most vulnerable community members to get equitable and appropriate treatment and has had a significant positive impact on her community.”
PC Degagne is detail-oriented when it comes to working with those who are most at-risk in the community. She is a leader who spearheaded the Crisis Response Nurse program in Sioux Lookout, she also sat on the Vulnerable Population COVID-19 planning Committee and the Cold Weather Committee, which worked to provide homeless persons with shelter during the winter months of 2019/2020.
In 2019, PC Degagne was responsible for the reintroduction and expansion of the OPP KIDS program in Sioux Lookout schools, she coordinated bicycle safety training for local students, headed up the annual 'Positive Ticketing" program, and conducted 'Paint a Cruiser' events for Rotary Club's annual Canada Day Ceremonies in the park and Firefly kids' camps.
PC Degagne is also a supporter and advocate for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. For the past two years, she has been a dedicated volunteer at the Sioux Lookout Gay-Straight Alliance, she coordinates events that promote inclusivity and diversity including the GSA youth group's first annual Color Run, Pride Parade and Picnic, Outdoor Teen Movie Night, as well as Halloween Boo at the Bay Haunted Trail.
Additionally, PC Degagne was instrumental in creating and securing continued funding for the Crisis Response pilot project in Sioux Lookout.
PC Degagne has demonstrated time and again that she is committed to and is committed to making Sioux Lookout an inclusive and safe place for all community members to live.