The day after his 14th anniversary with the Service, Detective-Constable Scott Grondin was presented with a Governor General Caring Canadian Award for his volunteerism at Variety Village.
“I can’t believe this is happening,” he said, shortly after receiving his award from Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley (@LGDavidOnley) at Queen’s Park on Feb. 19. “I am so honoured.”
Grondin dedicated the award to Variety Village and family members, particularly his physically challenged uncle who resides in New Brunswick.
“He was my inspiration to start on the path that I am now on giving back to Variety Village,” said Grondin, who is also a March of Dimes volunteer. “When I joined the Service and saw an ad for volunteers, I jumped at the opportunity because I knew it would make my uncle proud and it was also a chance for me to contribute to the community.”
In addition to helping out at the annual Police Games at Variety Village, Grondin started a fishing tournament six years ago for Variety Village members. This year’s event takes place on Feb. 22 at Lake Simcoe.
He also provides a scholarship each year to an outstanding Variety Village athlete.
Established by former Governor General Romeo LeBlanc in 1995, the annual awards recognize outstanding volunteers.
“Without a doubt, my most uplifting experience since I have been in this office for the past six-and-a-half years is often centred around meeting people like yourselves, people from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages who care enough to reach out and help people,” said Onley. “This office has a long and rich tradition of ties with volunteerism and volunteer organizations. I have continued to make the most of every chance that I get to affirm those volunteering efforts.”
Grondin spent nine years at 42 Division before being assigned to the Forensic Identification Services where he now works.
“I came into policing because I wanted to help people and everyday there is something different for you,” he said. “I just love what I am doing.”