Executive

Robert H. Pilon (Rob)

President

(Board member since 2016 ~ present term expires 2025)

Joined the OPP on Feb 1973 served in Sturgeon Falls, Dubreuilville (one man detachment), Midland, Dubreuilville (again!), Sudbury, Sudbury DHQ Crime Unit as the first DIC, promoted to Corporal in Crime Unit, promoted to Sergeant in Hearst, Staff Sergeant in Hearst, North Bay DHQ, Sturgeon Falls (again), Mattawa, Belleville DHQ, promoted to Inspector at Burlington DHQ, promoted to Superintendent at North Bay RHQ Retired in 2003. Managed Securitas Branch in Sudbury 2003-2009.  Married to my Silent Partner Suzanne since 1967. We have 4 children ( Jeannine Grassie recently retired from OPP and Mike is Superintendent at NorthEast Region HQ), 10 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. We live in Sturgoen Falls. Joined OPP Vets Assoc in 2002 Presently Secretary of Chapter 12 North Bay



Duties Include

  • - President
  •  - Ad hoc member of all committees
  • - Assistant Webmaster
  • - Assemble OPPVA displays when attending functions.
  • - Liaison with Chapter 12 North Bay; Chapter 13 Sudbury; Chapter 14 Sault Ste. Marie and Chapter 15 Timmins
  • - Solicit Website sponsors
  • - Flags, Stands, Backdrop & Display Table: Assemble/Dismantle at OPPA/OPPVA if attending meetings and functions.
  • - Represent the OPPVA at OPP, OPPA and other events.
  • - Prepare submissions to the Vets' page in the OPPA Beyond the Badge 

Grant ARNOLD

Vice President

(Board member since 2014 ~ present term expires 2023)

I joined the OPP in 1965, served Brechin, Toronto, Whitby, Manitouwadge, Kakabeka Falls, Shabaqua and Thunder Bay Detachments. I was In Service Training Instructor for many years.

After my retirement in 1994, I joined 16 Chapter, and am currently the Chair of 16 Chapter.

I am married to Marilyn, and have 2 sons, Jason, and D/Cst Wade Arnold. 



Duties Include

  • -Vice President
  • - Act as President when needed
  • - Chair Finance Committee
  • - Chair Governance Committee
  • - Anti harassment director
  • - Assemble/Dismantle OPPVA Display at OPPA/OPPVA functions when attending
  • - Solicit Website sponsors
  • - Represent the OPPVA on the Board of Directors of the OPP Youth Foundation
  • - Represent OPPVA at OPP, OPPA and other events as directed.
  • - Liaison with Chapter 16 - Thunder Bay and Chapter 17 Kenora
  • - Flags, Stands, Backdrop & Display Table: Assemble/Dismantle at OPPA/OPPVA if attending meetings and functions.

Carmen MARRIER

Secretary

(Board member since 2016 ~ present term expires 2024)

I joined the OPP as a civilian in 1970 and retired in 2004. During my 33 years, I worked as an Administrative Assistant in several areas, including the Office of the Commissioner, Staff Services, and Field Divisions. I ended my career as a researcher/writer in the Corporate Communications Bureau. I worked at three General HQs, 125 Lakeshore, 90 Harbour St, and 777 Memorial Ave, Orillia.

I have been a member of the OPP Veterans' Association since my retirement in 2004. Shortly after joining Chapter 18, I became the secretary-treasurer. I recently relocated to Hamilton and transferred membership to Chapter 3 Burlington

I was also involved in the administration of the OPP Youth Foundation for several years.



Duties Include

  • - OPPVA Provincial Secretary
  • - Publications Submissions: Quarter Century Club
  • - Member Governance Committee
  • - Support Committee: Bridge Dedications, liaise with OPP and OPPA
  • - Reserve meeting room for Board meetings at GHQ when and as required.
  • - Liaison with Chapter 3 Simcoe/Brantford and Chapter 5 Toronto 
  • - Liaison with OPP Print Shop
  • - Maintain OPPVA display case at GHQ
  • - Solicit Website sponsors
  • - Represent the OPPVA at OPP, OPPA and other events as directed.
  • - Liaison with OPP Correspondence Unit
  • - Flags, Stands, Backdrop & Display Table: Assemble/Dismantle at OPPA/OPPVA if attending meetings and functions.

Lise HEBERT

Treasurer

(Board member since 2018 ~ present term expires 2023)

986-2004 - Teletype Operator/Signal Operator Canadian Armed Forces, served in Ottawa, Alert NWT, Lahr Germany, Brunssum The Netherlands.

2004-2005 - Communication Operator Provincial CommCenter Smiths Falls

2005-2006 - Switchboard supervisor Prime Minister's Office

2006-2008 - Administration Clerk/Finance Clerk Drake

2008-present - Court Room Clerk/Registrar Ministry of the Attorney General in Cornwall

Legion member and volunteer weekly

Member of the OPPVA Chapter Cornwall since 2010, and have been chapter secretary since joining



Duties Include

  • - OPPVA Provincial Treasurer
  • - Maintain a record of all members
  • - Member - Finance Committee
  • - Process new member ID cards.
  • - Flags, Stands, Backdrop & Display Table: Assemble/Dismantle at OPPA/OPPVA meetings and functions if attending.
  • - Solicit Website Sponsors
  • - Represent OPPVA at OPP, OPPA, and other events as dirested
  • - Liaison with Chapter 10 Pembroke, Chapter 11 Cornwall; Chapter 11 Ottawa and Chapter 11 Hawkesbury

Robert (Bob) LACOMBE

Webmaster

(Board member since 2019 ~ present term expires 2025)

Police career began in July 1965 with The RCMP. Joined OPP three years later and posted to Sudbury and Chapleau, Kapuskasing and Smooth Rock Falls before moving to the Fergus Police Services in the mid 1970s. Duties included general police tasks, breathalyzer tech, community Officer (Elmer program) and some ident in Fergus. Married Alma in Kapuskasing in 1969.

Active with community and service clubs. Joined Lions International while in Smooth Rock Falls and still active member presently. Started driving busses of all kinds after retirement in 1998 and became a driving instructor with signing authority with the Ministry of Transportation and also a consultant to the bus industry in manners of compliance.

Joined the OPPVA in Guelph and became Secretary/Treasurer of that Chapter in 2006 up to the present.

Recipient of the Governor General of Canada Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2017

 



Duties Include

  • - OPPVA Webmaster
  • - Member Website Committee
  • - Member Social Media Committee
  • - Liaison with Chapter 6 - Mt. Forest, Chapter 6 Huron/Perth and Chapter 6 - Guelph
  • - Solicit Website sponsors
  • - Represent OPPVA at OPP, OPPA, and other events as directed
  • - Flags, Stands, Backdrop & Display Table: Assemble/Dismantle at OPPA/OPPVA if attending meetings and functions.

Elizabeth (Liz) ARBOUR

Director

Board member since 2008 (Present term expires 2023)

As a former OPP constable, I joined the Veterans' Association in 1989 and served as Secretary/Treasurer of 3 Chapter Burlington for 13 years. I have also attended numerous other Chapter meetings, BBQ's, luncheons and even boat cruises over the years. Since 1989, I have attended all Annual General Meetings, except one, and have been on the organizing committee for 3 of them.

I was involved in selling OPPVA logo items for almost 15 years up until 2019.  I arranged to coordinate a group of OPPVA members with musical talent to play at Chapter 3 Burlington - Annual General Meeting and called them The Retirees Own.

I was co-recipient of the 1998 OPP Veterans' Association 'Veteran of the Year' award. For almost 2 years I assisted in the research and composition of the OPPVA History Book, 'The First Thirty Years'.

In addition to OPPVA functions, I have enjoyed attending those of the OPP, OPPA, Commissioned Officers' Association, International Police Association, RCMP Retirees Association and Italian Veteran Police Officers Association of Canada.



Duties Include

  •  - Review & recommend any chnges to OPPVA By-Laws and OPPVA Policy and Procedures
  • - Member Governance Committee
  • - Maintain 90 Plus Club
  •  - Liaise with M & J Catton to oversee Logo items (Purchase and sales)
  • - Represent OPPVA at OPP, OPPA, and other events as directed
  • - Liaison with Chapter 3 Burlington; Chapter 4 Niagara
  • - Flags, Stands, Backdrop & Display Table: Assemble/Dismantle at OPPA/OPPVA if attending meetings and functions.at OPPA/OPPVA
  • - Solicit Website Sponsors.

John Slavin

Director

elected in 2021 present term expires in 2024

Member of Chapter 2 London

Married my wife Janet in 1965.  After teaching school in Clinton, joined the OPP in July 1966 and was transferred to Lindsay.  Duties included general police tasks, Community Safety Officer; and Auxiliary Liaison Officer and In-service Training Officer at Peterborough DHQ.  While at Lindsay, was President for Lindsay Optimist Club and Lieutenant Governor for Optimist International.  Has three children born in Lindsay. 

Seconded to Ontario Police College in 1976 and became permanent staff in 1977.  Taught several different courses including Police Management Training.  Seconded to Solicitor General’s Office as the Crime Prevention Officer for Ontario.  Retired in 1994.  Received Coach of the Year in Minor Hockey and Minor Ball. 

After retirement, was Special Security for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Moved to London and was District Coordinator for London Senior Games and President of Huff N’Puff Seniors Fitness Association.  Joined the OPPVA Chapter # 2 London in 2003 and served in the positions of Director of Elgin County, Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman.  

 



Duties Include

  • - Website Committee - Chair
  • - Social Media Committee - Chair
  • - Liaison with Chapter 1 Chatham, and Chapter 2  London
  • - Solicit Website sponsors
  • - Flags, Stands, Backdrop & Display Table: Assemble/Dismantle at OPPA/OPPVA if attending meetings and functions.
  • - Represent OPPVA at OPP, OPPA, and other events as directed

Al (Robert) Badour

Director

Elected in 2022 present term expires in 2024

 

Englehart 12N, Prince Edward 9, Belleville TRU East Region, RegionalERT Coordintor East Region, Aboriginal Critical Incident Coordintor FSB / GHQ, Commander Emergency Response Teams FSB / GHQ



- Member -Finance Committee

- Solicit Website Sponsors

- Represent OPPVA at OPP, OPPA, and other events as directed

- Assemble OPPVA displays at various functions

- Liaise with Chapter 9 Kingston, Chapter 9 Belleville and Chapter 10 Smiths Falls

 

Jeff Simpkins

Director

Elected in 2022 present term expires in 2025

1987 Coboconk; 1988 NW Patrol; 1990 Kenora Ident; 1993 Sgt. South Porcupine Ident; 1996 Kenora Comm Centre; 2001 Cochrane; 2001 Nottawasaga; 2002 NAPS Support Unit; 2005 Seconded OPC; 2007 Academy; 2008 First Nations Bureau; 2012 Afghanistan (Civ-Pol Mission); 2013 Aboriginal Policing Bureau; 2014 Academy; 2016 S/Sg5 Comm Safety Serv; 2018 Ukraine, Civ-Pol Mission



- Member - Finance Committee

- Solicit website sponsors

- Represent OPPVA at OPP, OPPA, and other events as directed

- Assemble OPPVA displays when attending functions

- Liaise with Chapter 8 Peterborough and Chapter 18 Orillia/Barrie

  • - Publications submissions: OPP Review

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