Service Aims to Give Hope

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 1:49 p.m. October 30, 2015
Updated: 1:53 p.m. October 30, 2015

Executive assistant Freda Lochhead wants to leave a legacy as she retires from the Service at the end of November after 35 years on the job.

A woman stands beside a man in TPS uniform wearing a pink ribbon
Chief Mark Saunders wears his support for the Ribbon of Hope Campaign by wearing a ribbon made by Executive Assistant Freda Lochhead

The breast cancer survivor is encouraging Service members to donate generously to the Service’s “Ribbon of Hope” Campaign.

Funds accrued are donated to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation which has a donor wall to recognize contributions.

Lochhead wants the Service to be on that wall, but it will take a minimum $25,000 to get there in the builder category, the lowest of the seven levels of giving.

“I really want to do something for the Chief and the Service and I thought that by having the Service’s name on that wall, our profile will be enhanced,” she said. “I am appealing to everyone to give what you can. The amount does not matter.”

Diagnosed in 2010, Lochhead – who was the executive assistant to Mark Saunders when he was a Deputy Chief – has undergone three operations, including restorative surgery a year ago. 

While participating for the first time in the annual Terry Fox Run a year ago, she spotted a piece of pink ribbon lying on the ground.

“It was obvious someone had discarded it because it was unglued,” she recalled. “After picking it up, it dawned on me that I could make some of them with October around the corner.”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease 

In the last two years, Lochhead has made hundreds of ribbons to help raise donations.

She has raised nearly $6,000 so far.

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