Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment Commander, Inspector Chris McGillis will be participating in the annual Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Canada Army Run, on September 12.

The Canada Army Run normally takes place in Ottawa, but due to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, will proceed in 2021 as a virtual race.

Inspector McGillis will be completing the Commander’s Challenge, which is a five-kilometre run, followed immediately by a half-marathon, for a total distance of 26.1 kilometres.

There are many military members, active or retired, within the Hawkesbury OPP detachment’s service area. This includes Inspector McGillis’ future son-in-law, who is presently deployed with the Canadian Forces to the Ukraine. Inspector McGillis takes the support of Canadian troops very seriously and has a great deal of pride and respect for the forces, which is why he is participating in the run. He has a great admiration for the Canadian Military and is very thankful for their service.

The funds raised by McGillis will be donated to two organizations.  The Soldier On Foundation operates a program specific to the Canadian Armed Forces, which contributes to the recovery of ill and injured CAF members and veterans by providing opportunities and resources through sport, recreational, and creative activities. Soldier On is recognized for improving the quality of life of the ill and injured and is a highly visible and integral component of the Department of National Defense, and the CAF’s commitment to the care of its members.

The second organization is the OPP Beyond the Blue, which provides support to families of police officers who are struggling with mental illness and/or mental injuries, through education, training and practical tools.

All money raised will be divided between the two organizations and donated on behalf of the Hawkesbury OPP Detachment.