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Police sergeant receives Jubilee Medal

Web posted on June 28, 2012

The final award presentation scheduled for the Guelph Police Service Awards Ceremony, held June 27, 2012, was intended to be Sergeant Douglas Pflug being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Guelph MPP Liz Sandals. Unfortunately, MPP Sandals' arrival at the ceremony was delayed, and the presentation did not occur during the awards ceremony. MPP Sandals arrived about a half-hour after the end of the ceremony, while the reception was still taking place. So, a small group watched and celebrated as Pflug received his well-deserved award. The Fountain Pen was there, and here is what you missed:

Chief Bryan Larkin:

I'm very proud of Doug, as are all the members of the Guelph Police Service. On behalf of [Guelph Police Services] Chair Judy Sorbara and Deputy Chief De Ruyter, I congratulate the Pflug family on this great honour.

Now, after travelling around with Liz as she presents these medals, I'm pleased to welcome her to our house, the Guelph Police station.

Photo, l-r: Guelph Police Chief Bryan Larkin, Sergeant Doug Pflug, MPP Liz Sandals, GPS Board Chair Judy Sorbara

MPP Liz Sandals:

I'm delighted to be here, and I'm very very sorry for the timing getting messed up. I'm sure you all have heard about the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals. This is the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's ascession to the throne, which makes her the second-longest serving monarch in the entire history of Great Britain. Only Queen Victoria reigned longer, and if you ever come and visit Queen's Park, the queen at Queen's Park is Queen Victoria, you can see her sitting on her throne there. I imagine if this queen reigns as long, they would put up a matching statue there.

Queen Elizabeth has been a real model of devotion to duty and a leader who has fulfilled her role no matter what obstacles have been thrown at her throughout her life. In honour of that, Queen's Jubilee medals were struck. Ontario is presenting 2000 medals: each of the 107 MPs is responsible for handing out 14, and can choose how to hand them out. The way the process worked here in Guelph was, we asked for nominations, and received the nominations. I had two local people who are members of the Order of Canada, Bill Winegard and Ken Kasha, assist me with reviewing the nominees and selecting the final candidates. Then the candidates were submitted to the Ontario Minister of Citizenship, and then up to the Governor General, because ultimately, it is the Governor General, acting on behalf of the Queen, who approves all candidates.

So as you all know, Doug is being honoured here tonight. So, here's a little bit of information about Doug, which you all know but it doesn't hurt to hear about it again.

Doug Pflug takes an innovative approach to his role as the official spokesperson of the Guelph Police Service, and in overseeing the School Safety, High School Resource Officer, and the Values, Influences, and Peers programs. He is passionate about kids, organizational success, and keeping the community safe.

On a personal note, some of you, particularly Judy, know that I have served as a school trustee for 15 years. I also served as [Minister of Education] Kathy Wynne's parliamentary secretary, and as the chair of the Safe Schools Action Team, so the programs that affect school safety are programs that are very near and dear to my heart. In particular, the High School Resource Officer program that is here in Guelph started before it was provincially mandated. We at Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic were among the first boards to do it anywhere in Ontario, and it has been a very successful program, both from the point of view of the schools and of the police here in Guelph, for building good relationships amongst the students and between the students and the police.

Doug also generated a total commitment of $100,000 from Win-Mar to create a Youth Crime Prevention and Education Programme which focuses on Guelph schools and the community. He also spearheaded the local planning committee for the Ministry of Education's police school protocol design - again something that started here in Guelph before it became provincial policy, and something I had the pleasure of reviewing from the provincial policy side as part of Safe Schools.

Doug has also served as an executive member of the Committee of Youth Officers for the province of Ontario [COYO], and Wyndham House for Boys. I am often a guest speaker at COYO's annual conference, and I think it is one of the best organizations in Ontario dealing with issues around youth violence and drugs and the general various problems where youth intersect the criminal system. It is the only conference I know of that has all the players involved: it has the police officers, the school administrators, it often has school social workers, and it also has the community social workers.

And finally, Doug is really active in coaching with all sorts of organizations. He works with Special Olympics, but also with lots of local sports organizations.

So you are very, very deserving of this Queen's Jubilee Medal, and we are all very proud of you. Congratulations.


Celebrating with his family (l-r): uncle Jim, aunt Joan, mom Joan, daughter Reighan, girlfriend Michelle, daughter Alexis, Doug, MPP Liz Sandals, dad Paul.


The certificate and medal box


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