IPA Canada Region 2

Servo per Amikeco - Service through Friendship

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General Business Meetings

The next meeting is:

 Wednesday September 5, 2018 7:00PM
Location TBA.
Honouring Law Enforcement
Leadership & Community Service

All proceeds benefit Victim Services

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fontana Primavera Event Centre
77 Woodstream Blvd.
Vaughan, ON L4L 7Y6

Reception: 18:00
Award Ceremony: 19:00

Antipasto bar, 3-course Italian meal and beverages

Tickets - $100 each, or a table of 10 for $1000.

Tickets and table reservations available at:

Further information?

Insp. Domenic Sinopoli

Brian Moniz

Presented by: National Congress of Italian-Canadians.

Membership Renewals

Membership fees are:

  • $35.00 for 2018, or
  • $70.00 for 2018 and 2019.

Payments can be made by cheque or by Interac e-transfer.

For cheques: 

Membership - IPA Canada - Region 2

14 Sphinx Crt. Orillia, ON L3V 7Y4

Please make the cheque payable to: "IPA Canada Region 2"

For Interac e-transfer*:

Send payments to: [email protected]

If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact:

Dave and Debbie at [email protected] 

*If you don't know how to do an Interac e-transfer, it's easy and fast and less work for us! Just follow the instructions here:


Upcoming IPA Region 2 Breakfasts

Come out and enjoy some breakfast with your fellow members.


Thursday June 28, 2018 10:00

Eggs and Crepes - 250 Bayly St. W. Ajax (just east of Westney Rd. south of the 401)

Please contact Dave Herbert for more information and to let him know you are coming. [email protected] 


Thursday June 28, 2018 09:30

The Original Mom's - 85 Bellfarm Rd. Barrie (near Georgian College)

Please contact David Lowe for more information and to let him know you are coming [email protected] 

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IPA Canada has hit the Airwaves

The 2nd Vice President of Region 2, Les Bodrogi, has kicked off his inaugural broadcast by interviewing the Interim President of IPA Canada, Chris Barratt. Listen to it here https://etradewire.com/news/international-police-association-radio-show-is-now-on-air. Les is looking for more IPA guests both National and International. Contact him at [email protected]


Region 2 Members Attend Carabinieri Anniversary Celebration

On June 9, 2018 members of Region 2, accompanied by spouses and guests participated in a celebration of the 204th anniversary of the founding of the Carabinieri Force in Italy and the 43rd year of theToronto Association. Representatives from the Toronto,York, Peel Regions and Ontario Provincial Police were also in attendance. Prior to celebrations, a wreath was placed at the foot of the La Rocca Monument in Woodbridge, commemorating all Carabinieri who lost their lives in the line of duty.  Attached are photos of the events, courtesy of Italiani.ca.

The tragic incident in Toronto on April 23, 2018

On behalf of all members of Region 2  we commend the professionalism of our colleagues, the efforts of all the first responders, medical staff at Sunnybrook Hospital as well as the civilian bystanders who assisted the victims.  

In times of tragedy, it is important to recognize the good in our community. This incident was no exception. The compassion the community displayed to help those impacted by the events provides us with hope in an unsettling time.  

We offer our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families and friends.

IPA Canada - Region 2 Past President Receives Seneca College Tribute

Seneca's 50th Anniversary Celebration publication features an article on Marv Southcott, past President of Region 2. 

The following is an excerpt:

MARV SOUTHCOTT IS THE OWNER of some notable Seneca “firsts,” including first student recipient of the Seneca Cup (the highest student honour available) and the first elected president of the student government (now Seneca Student Federation). In that role, he also spoke at Seneca’s first convocation ceremony for Fashion Arts students in 1968. 
Congratulations Marv.

To view the full article, visit the website of the Seneca RED magazine here

Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony 2018

The Ontario Police Memorial on Queens Park Cr. and Grosvenor St. in Toronto (at the east side of the Ontario Legislature).

On Sunday May 6, 2018 Region 2 members marched in the Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony, held annually at Queens Park in Toronto. 

The event commemorates Ontario police officers who have died in the line of duty. All IPA members are always invited to join us for this important event. Family and friends can also attend the ceremony as spectators at Grosvenor St. 

Marshalling was in front of The Royal Ontario Museum on Queen's Park Cr. just south of Bloor St. W. at 10:00AM. Members were dressed in a navy-blue blazer, dress slacks and IPA beret. 

For more information, please contact our Special Events Coordinator: Joe Rizzuti at [email protected]

Please plan to attend next year's event on Sunday May 05, 2019. 

IPA Canada - Region 2 Members volunteer at the
Toronto Children's Breakfast Club Christmas Gala

Jim and Lorna delighted the youngsters as Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

For the sixth year our members have enthusiastically assisted at the Caring and Sharing event organized by the Breakfast Club. Over 1100 children who attended the event received toys donated by Spin Master International and a lunch provided by the Liberty Grand  Entertainment Complex at the CNE. 

This year Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended as a surprise guest.


To see more photos, check out the gallery link above.

Police Officer Killed in Line of Duty

On Monday November 6, 2017  Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford, British Columbia, died in a gunfight as he responded to a vehicle theft complaint.

Officer Davidson worked in policing for 24 years, ultimately with the  Abbotsford Police Department.

They described Davidson as an "amazing colleague and friend" and "a dedicated police officer." 

He began his law enforcement career in the United Kingdom and was hired by the Abbotsford force in 2006. He leaves behind his wife and three adult children.

Region 2 extends heartfelt sympathies to the Davidson family, friends and colleagues at this most difficult time.  

Region 2 Member attends Tribute for Veterans Event

The attached article from The Guardian, in Charlottetown on Ed Prebinski's exploits (abbreviated) is based on his Military Service. He was invited to the PEI Tribute for Veterans on November 9th, 2017 where the guest speaker was L. Gen Romeo Dallaire.   Dallaire spoke about his experiences in Rwanda as a head of the United Nation Mission. Ed is a friend of Dallaire and a 35 year member of the IPA. 


Learning Opportunity - 

November 19 - 22, 


Ontario Gang Investigator's Association


IPA Canada - Region 2 International Friendship Week 2019

May 31 - June 08, 2019

We are having international visitors!!!

This English-speaking tour starts in Toronto and takes our international guests on a tour of eastern-Ontario, featuring:

Niagara Falls,
City of Toronto, 
City of Ottawa, 
The Thousand Islands,
An Aboriginal Pow Wow.

This tour is limited to a maximum of 52 participants. Please spread the word to your international IPA contacts.

More details are forthcoming...check-back soon.

IPA Valencia Spain - Police Badge Collectors' Show

June 09, 2018

For more information, visit their website at:

www.ipacomunidadvalenciana.org or,

Send an e-mail to:

[email protected]

Hiking on Nassfeld in Austria

With IPA - Austria Oberkarnten

June 16 - 23, 2018

Nassfeld or Naßfeld is a town and ski resort in the district Hermagor of the Austrian state of Carinthia. It is located below the Nassfeld Pass. Lake Pressegg is nearby. 

For more information:

IPA - Austria Oberkärnten

Training Opportunity

July 8 to 12, 2018

IPA USA - Green Bay, Wisconsin

Topics include: Law Enforcement Use of Force, Firearms Training, Defensive Tactics Training, Human Trafficking, Response to Active Shooter Incidents (Outdoor and Indoor Settings), Current Drug Trends, Motorcycle Gangs, International Police Missions, and much more!

More Information here






13 – 18 MAY 2018


Activities: Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Volleyball, Running and Air Pistol Shooting

For further information and registration, please visit the website here.

Sri Lanka Friendship Week

July 7 - 14, 2018 

International Youth Gathering

August 6 - 19, 2018 

United Kingdom Section

Every year young people from around the world, children and grandchildren of IPA members of between the ages of 16-18, are invited to visit another country and participate in an event that many will never forget - the IPA's International Youth Gathering (IYG). In 2018 the United Kingdom will be the host. The deadline for approval by IPA Canada is December 31, 2017, please ensure the Application and essay are submitted no later than December 10, 2017, to Region #2’s Board at [email protected]

Bork, Germany 

Friendship Meeting

August 10th to 19th, 2018

Visits by IPA Members

Parisienne IPA Visitor 

Jim Dallimore recently accompanied visiting IPA  member Sgt. Matthieu Le Garrouy of the French National Police on a tour. 
After visiting the Georgetown Police station, Halton Regional Cst. Dimitroff took Jim and Matthieu to their Headquarters. There they visited the communication center and the Oakville safety village. 

Italian IPA Visitor

In August, I met a visiting IPA member Ivan Samori, his wife and two daughters from Faenza Italy. He is the assistant to the Commander of the Police Force in that city, located near Bologna. 

In his spare time, Ivan is a flag thrower with an award winning troupe that performs all over the world. His troupe was invited to participate at the Italian Festival in Mississauga this year. 

The group, called Rione Bianco, performing since 1959, consists of 20 members. Ivan as Captain, leads a group of throwers, who are accompanied by drummers and trumpeters, and other members in period costume. 

The history of flag troupes dates back to medieval times where "Boroughs" competed in the Palio horse races, (still being conducted today) in many historical cities such as Siena. Flag troupes represent  various Boroughs and accompany teams of riders at medieval festivals, displaying coats of arms, and colourful period costumes. 

Ivan and his troupe have performed in Hawaii, Australia, the U.S. and many other places around the world. They have won gold medals and numerous awards for their performances. Ivan has two young daughters who currently perform with the group. 

There is a tremendous amount of effort and dexterity required to keep the flags flying in the air. Each flag contains a lead handle and weighs over 20 lbs. Juggling them requires skill and coordination with other performers. It was a fabulous performance enjoyed by the thousands of spectators that turned out at the Mississauga City Centre to watch the event. 

I was pleased to have met Ivan during their stay in Toronto and escorted him and his family to Toronto Police H.Q. to see the historical muesum. Ivan is a an avid collector of police memorabilia and was delighted with souvenir items he received during his visit. A big thank you to Norina D'Agostino, curator of the museum for her kind assistance.


Rione Bianco performing at Mississauga City Centre


Mustafa's Report 

Earlier this year Region 2 member Mustafa Popalzai was chosen to be one of two IPA Canada representatives at the 2017 IPA World Young Officers Seminar held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA,  June 11 - 16, 2017.

Attached is his very favourable report on the event.

2017 BBQ

Many thanks to Marie and Joe Rizutti for opening their home to more than 100 participants in this year's Region 2 BBQ. The food was delicious and plentiful, the weather warm and the friendship warmer. 

Special thanks to Elaine Hawkes for the custom made marvellous cake. 

See more pictures under the Photo Gallery tab.

Plan to attend the 2018 IPA Region 2 BBQ on Saturday, June 23, 2018 starting at 3pm

There is a limit of 90 tickets available for this all-inclusive summer get together.

Please contact [email protected] for tickets.


Ontario Police Memorial March

IPA Ontario Regions 

pay tribute 

to fallen comrades at 

Queens Park, Toronto

At the Blue Line Magazine Expo

In 2018 members from our region once again participated at the Blue Line Magazine Expo now held at the new venue at the International Centre on Airport Rd. in Mississauga. Our members staffed a display promoting the IPA.


Region 2 supports the
Second Chance Scholarship Foundation

Cheque presentation to founder Rick Gosling 

in support of ongoing initiatives assisting youth.

Visit their website for more information...

Tema Conter Memorial Trust Gala

Region 2 President presents a cheque for $1000.00 to Vince Savioa. The funds raised from sales of our sesquicentennial coin, will be used to raise awareness about PTSD for First Responders and Military Personnel in Canada.  

Life Long Volunteerism Recognised

Colin Wackett, Life Member of IPA Region 2, IPA Canada National Vice President 1962 and National President 1963 - 1966 has a long history of volunteerism. The following article and picture is reproduced from the Orillia Packet and Times, December 31, 2016 issue.

A love for the community, a tireless ability to give time and effort without expecting anything in return, and an aggressive streak for getting things done for a good cause – common qualities of previous Orillia citizens of the year and ones that are personified by this year’s winner.

Colin Wackett is the Packet & Times’ 2016 Citizen of the Year.

Wackett has nearly 50 years of community service under his belt from being involved in various campaigns in cities where he’s lived.

Before moving to Orillia, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) benefited from 25 years of his dedication with the Ontario and Canadian gymnastics federations, for which he served as president and vice-president, respectively. For seven years, Wackett was on the committee of the Ukrainian Festival in Barrie, serving as chair for three of those years.

He has also volunteered as president of the Orillia Channel Cats swim club and, as part of the local perch festival, he has helped with the OPP Kids’ Day, an event he still participates in.

“He has even done it with me after I retired in 2012, so we are both still active in this event, having again participated this past spring,” Frank Kreisz wrote in his nomination letter.

With extensive volunteer hours put in at the Orillia branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, as president and, later, media officer, Wackett has been involved in many of the events organized by the legion, including the updating of the monument at Veterans’ Memorial Park to include the names of local Second World War vets to go along with those of local residents who served in the First World War.

He has represented the legion at the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce for four years, and he has made sure all participants of the Santa Claus parade are fed.

A military veteran, Wackett has also marched in Remembrance Day parades as part of the legion’s colour party numerous times.

He also formed a local prostate cancer awareness group. He battled the disease years ago, an experience that drives his passion for the cause – he heads up the Huronia Motorcycle Ride for Dad, which has raised more than $1 million for prostate cancer research.

“He has been at the forefront of this for a long time,” wrote Kreisz. “He had his prostate removed a long time ago, so he has lived it and immersed himself into this totally and unequivocally.”

Wackett organizes guest speakers for the awareness group and the ride, bringing in doctors and researchers to speak about progress made in the fight against prostate cancer.

More than 600 people took part in the 2016 Huronia Motorcycle Ride for Dad, raising more than $100,000.

He also chaired a legion committee that took part in talks with the city regarding the downtown waterfront revitalization plan.

For all of his community service, Wackett was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

“Colin is a decent fellow,” wrote Kreisz. “His heart is in the right place, and he has done way, way more than most do in the field of helping others and supporting.

(Article and photograph courtesy of the Orillia Packet and Times)


2018 IPA International Video Competition

For those who enjoy Video as their creative media, IPA Canada held a video competition in the fall of 2017. The deadline was December 01, 2017.  We accepted submissions from as many members as possible and a Volunteer National Video Editor entered the International Video competition. 

Submissions from IPA Canada members focused on IPA activities in their Region, National, Provincial or Municipal Policing, images of the Canadian landscape or historical location(s) and people or folklore of the Canadian people.

All material were to be submitted by digital media (MP4 or similar) to our Volunteer Video Editor.


The aim of the competition was to collect video material from all IPA sections around the world and to create an international IPA movie data bank. This will enable us to produce an international IPA film that will show IPA activities around the globe.

The intended outcome of the project was to obtain high-quality videos from a wide variety of sections, and then use selected parts of the competition videos to produce an information video about the IPA. The resulting video can be distributed to all IPA sections to be used as a promotional and recruiting aid, and will also feature on the IAC website as well as national websites.

In friendship Chris Barratt – IPA Canada , VP Central Region

Congratulations!! Region 2 scores 2

Congratulations to R2 members Rebecca Boyd and Mustafa Popalzai!! 

Rebecca has been chosen as the 2017 Arthur Troop Scholarship winner for North America. The Arthur Troop Scholarship  is awarded to an IPA member from each continent in which the IPA have member sections – Africa, America, Asia, Australasia and Europe. Each scholarship consists of a bursary of up to 2500 €, to be used for a seminar at the International IPA Conference Centre IBZ Schloss Gimborn, Germany or at a comparable institution. Applications for the 2018 year will be taken after January 1st 2017 to the deadline of June 1st, 2017. Apply through your Regional President.

For the rules and further information see..http://www.ipa-iac.org/content.php?pageId=43

Mustafa was chosen to be one of two IPA Canada representatives at the 2017 IPA World Young Officers Seminar being held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA,  June 11 - 16, 2017.  The IPA World Young Officer Seminar is organised every two years, this is the 4th. Other venues have been Netherlands, Australia and Poland. For further information see..http://www.ipa-iac.org/content.php?pageId=50

Accommodation Discounts in Region 2

We have just negotiated significant accommodation discounts at the following establishments...For more info click on "R2 Accommodation Discounts" under the "Things to See and Do " tab above..

Toronto Downtown Centre

Vaughan and Markham Suites

Kruger's B&B - Muskoka

 Commemorating Canada's 150th.

Order your Limited Edition

Collector's Coin now and 

support Front Line and 

Military personnel dealing 

with PTSD. Send order to 

[email protected]

50 Year Members

In the last couple of weeks I have had the honour and privilege to present two Region 2 members with a certificate of appreciation for their 50 years of membership. Congratulations Bob and Jim...in friendship Chris 


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