ORILLIA, ONT. – P.E.I. native Dr. Amy Ramsay, a sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police, was recently awarded the Senate 150 Medal for her role as the founding president of the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement. The award was presented by Senator Gwen Boniface at the Orillia Museum of Art and History.
The Senate 150 Medal was struck by the Royal Canadian Mint to commemorate the first time senators came to Ottawa to sit in Parliament, on Nov. 6, 1867. This year marks the 150th anniversary of its first sitting of the Canadian Senate.
The medals are being awarded to Canadians or permanent residents actively involved in their communities who, through generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work, make their hometowns, communities, regions, provinces or territories a better place to live. Only 1,000 medals will be awarded across the nation.
Sgt. Ramsay, who was born in Summerside and graduated from Kensington Regional High School, formed the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) in 1997 to promote and recognize the contribution of women in policing. Since then, several thousand female officers have been formally recognized, both provincially and internationally, for their work in policing.
The organization is often called upon to address various topics, such as discrimination and harassment. It is a consultant in research, such as the LaSage Report, and other topics directly affecting policing. The OWLE holds two highly rated training days and an awards dinner annually, involving almost 2,000 officers and civilians.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the OWLE, the Ontario Police College dedicated a “Timeline Wall” to recognize the contribution and progression of women in policing in Ontario.