KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and OPP Youth Foundation recently showcased 80 new memory stones during their Pathway of Memories Dedication Ceremony at OPP General Headquarters (GHQ).
Memory stones that form the Pathway of Memories have been donated and dedicated to current and former OPP members, teams, volunteers and their families, as well as organizations that have contributed to the OPP’s history in some way. Each stone has a personalized inscription that pays tribute to its recipient(s) before being laid into the path on the front lawn of GHQ. The first inscribed Pathway of Memory stones were unveiled on April 20, 2017.
The funds raised from the donated stones are a resource for the OPP Youth Foundation, a volunteer organization that uses the funds to provide Ontario youth with “positive” life experiences they might otherwise not have, such as bursaries and youth camps.
The annual fall dedication ceremony provides an opportunity for memory stone donors, recipients, their families, colleagues, partners and friends to gather, view and collectively celebrate the new stones for the first very time.
“With 557 memory stones now gracing the Pathway of Memories, the unique recipients and the stories of recognition behind each stone makes this a truly remarkable hallmark of our organization. We are grateful to the OPP Youth Foundation for their tremendous support and volunteer work around this distinctive fundraising initiative”, said Thomas CARRIQUE, OPP Commissioner.
Eighty (80) new memory stones have been donated and installed this year, bringing the total number of stones along the Pathway of Memories to 557.
“The Pathway of Memories reflects a deep sense of pride and appreciation on the part of – and for – the OPP family. The stones are a lasting legacy of our past, our present and the future. Just as important are the funds raised for youth in communities throughout the province”, said Sandy POREDOS, Executive Director, OPP Youth Foundation.
The Pathway of Memories is open for public viewing on the terrace of the front lawn at GHQ, located at 777 Memorial Avenue, Orillia Ontario.