Director's Address - Karen Richards
2021 Virtual Polar Plunge
We have had an incredible start to the 2021 Virtual Polar Plunge season. Don't miss out on the opportunity to join us in Freezin' For A Reason!

#PlungeON until February 28th!

  • Register - at
  • Fundraise - and win great prizes
  • Plunge - Be creative but be safe!
  • Post - Tag us @PolarPlungeON (Instagram) or @TorchRunOntario (Twitter/Instagram) and use the hashtag #PlungeON
2021 OLETR Virtual Kickoff & Awards Night
On January 21, 2021 we hosted the OLETR Virtual Kickoff & Awards Night. The night was filled with great celebration and a fun look ahead at what is coming up in 2021.

A big reason for celebration was our very deserving award winners who were recognized.

Award of Honour - Tara Bottan, Canada Border Services Agency

Award of Honour - Jason Herder, Chatham-Kent Police Service

Award of Honour - Adam Young, Windsor Police Service

Award of Honour - Kirsten Edgerton, Toronto Police Service

Distinguished Service Award - Mike McDonell, Ontario Provincial Police

Rob Plunkett Law Enforcement Torch Run Award - Mark McGugan, London Police Service

If you did not get a chance to see the show, we encourage you to watch it. It is available by clicking the link below.
LETR Member Profile:
Ryan O'Neill, Peel Regional Police
Six years ago, Ryan O’Neill was approached by a colleague who was involved in the Peel Regional Police Polar Plunge. This colleague knew Ryan had a son with Down Syndrome and invited Ryan to plunge. The rest is history! That year, Ryan participated in the Plunge, the next year he helped organize it, and the last four years, Ryan has co-chaired the Sheridan College Polar Plunge in the City of Brampton.
That day of the first plunge, Ryan raised over $5,000! “It was well worth the shock of jumping into that bin on a cold, wintery day in March,” said Ryan. Each plunge since then, Ryan has realized just how fun Polar Plunge events are. Ryan says, “when it’s all over, you can see how much money you raised for Special Olympics and realize that you’ve made a difference in the world.”
Ryan’s continued involvement with Special Olympics Ontario and Polar Plunge started right at home. “I have a thirteen-year-old son who has Down Syndrome so, I felt an obligation to give back to Special Olympics Ontario for all their amazing work done for individuals with an intellectual disability,” said Ryan.
People from all around the world are able to participate in sport who wouldn’t necessarily have that opportunity without Special Olympics which is why Ryan continues to volunteer his time. Ryan says, “The happiness this organization provides to millions of people is overwhelming and I’m happy to have been able to help out for the past six years.”
As a parent of two boys, Ryan plunges for the kids; helping out as much as he can so that children with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to play sports. Ryan encourages all to get involved with Polar Plunge events in their community and see just how much fun they are!
Catch the Ace has returned and so has your chance to win while supporting the athletes of Special Olympics Ontario!

Draw occurs weekly on Wednesdays at 7:00pm
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