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SERVING MEMBERS SINCE 1947

The London Police Association is a union equivalent labour organization representing over 800 members of the London Police Service. The LPA was formed in 1947 to represent and protect the sworn Officers and civilian staff of the London Police Service. The LPA ensures the Service remains fiscally competitive, improves working conditions for our members, and promotes the mutual interests of the Active Membership.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

Welcome to the London Police Association website. Our new website is a place for those interested in learning more about what the London Police Association does for its members and the London community. Our Association is the collective voice of the Sworn officers and civilian members of the London Police Service. We are united in our goal to protect the community and the members we serve.  Continue Reading…

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Gita Canaran has devoted her professional life to serving members who suffer from PTSD. Her services are invaluable to our members and her perspective helps us better understand what members can do to work through their traumas. ... See MoreSee Less

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Gita has been a colleague and friend for many years. I've seen her thrive in every situation and help a lot of people in a meaningful way. She is an example for me in my own professional work and I appreciate all that she does!

Thanks so much for the good work you’ve done with our first responders. We have worked together as colleagues and I can say that you are well-respected in the field of trauma therapy.

Gita is an excellent Psychologist and has helped many first responders. She “gets it”. There are many good clinicians out there that can help us but you have to do your homework to see if they understand the complexities of what a first responder faces. Do they understand how our work impacts every portion of our lives, family, health, addictions, workplace stresses including WSIB and sanctuary trauma caused by our organizations. The most important is do I like and trust this person that is helping me. If you are trying to find one and don’t know where to start ask someone who you trust.

Dilnaz Garda suffered a personal tragedy at the hands of PTSD. She has made it her mission to support others in similar situations. If you're a first responder or your loved one is a first responder, Canada Beyond The Blue is a tremendous resource to support your mental health! ... See MoreSee Less

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I am very grateful for Canada Beyond The Blue, they have helped a lot in times of great need. There are many supports for first responders out there, very little support for our families.

Thanks so much Del for so clearly articulating the barriers for accessing mental health support and steps to take to give members a voice and the support they need. Ur most recent support to a spouse was helpful and appreciated.

Thanks for sharing this Rick

Steve Stokan has battled PTSD for much of his policing career. He highlights the need for hope when recovering from PTSD. ... See MoreSee Less

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Steve you are a hero. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

Thank you so much for sharing...I see so many similarities in my situation and you said many important things that have truly helped me. Thank you.

Thank you for sharing Steve! This sounds all too familiar for me ..I thank Jesus for saving me.

Thank you so much for sharing your journey Steve. I'm so happy to hear you are doing well ❤

Steve, your message was so well articulated. Thank you for sharing your story and by doing so, helping so many others who have PTSD. I wish you continued healing. 💙

The clearest explanation of PTSD I have ever heard. Read articles you have written, discussed with you after, all so impactful. This video captures the depth of your journey. The honesty and vulnerability expressed truly needs to be reaching so many in trauma fields. Looking back I am sure my mother an intensive care nurse experienced PTSD. Thank you! You are an incredible spokesperson for this issue! Will Share🙏

Very well said Steve. You have been a role model in your career. Sharing your journey of PTSD is an inspiration for others to see a light at the end of a dark tunnel. So glad you’re healing ❤️‍🩹

Well done Steve You are a very positive person with courage and our group are all fully educated with PTSD and given the tools to assist us on a daily basis. Education Knowledge Support Health Keep the communication line open 24-7 Cheers

That was an excellent presentation on ptsd. I’m glad you have recovered, found peace and happiness and your enjoying things again Steve. Truly grateful you shared your story, this should be a huge eye opener for all.

Thank you for sharing and your service. Most people have no idea what Police officers and first responders go through every day. Glad you were able to finally get the help you needed to move on to a better life

Steve, your very thoughtful presentation impressed me. You explained clearly what you went thru. I hope this goes out to many people who work under stress especially in this pandemic time. Thanks , Nancy

VERY well spoken! Thank you for sharing your story so eloquently! Incredibly powerful Steve!

Thank you for sharing your story Steve. Agreed, it is never too late to begin a journey of wellness 💙

Well articulated and explained Steve. Take care of you and your family 💙

The last time I saw Steve was 27 years ago before I left for Ottawa. Thank you Steve for sharing your journey. I am happy that you were able to get the support, and then turn and help others!! Take good care and thanks again!

Wow, so powerful and so enlightening. I think these messages will help so many people. I hope the Department will start working to help members before it comes to this, but like you said, the members have to let others know of their struggles. These informative videos may educate and help the white shirts to learn how to support members and not just send members off before it gets to the thoughts of suicide. You need more than a piece of paper with doctors names on it. I wish you only the best. Thanks for doing this.

Thanks Steve for sharing your traumatic story. I’m so sorry that you have had to deal with this for most of your career. I am glad to see that you were able to seek help that allowed you to “reset” as you stated. Keep strong! You words I believe will definitely provide a doorway to many others seeking help and who are undiagnosed. Thanks again for being so open and vulnerable. 💙

So great Steve. Think of you often. Proud of you.

Meeting a Steve and hearing his story, and the work he has done changed the way I saw policing Thanks Steve.

Thanks for putting your story out there Steve. Keep healing brother. One day at a time.

It doesn’t mean if you’re a cop that you are tough we are all the same but we are different. Don’t judge the book by it’s cover. I hope you do well my man.

Steve, you know how important you and your wife are to me. I appreciate you both so much. You are brave and I am thankful to you for sharing your story with us. 🤗

Steve, you have always had a huge heart and I am so happy you are doing well. I consider myself fortunate to have worked with you. You inspire me more every day. Stay strong for yourself and your beautiful family.

Thank you Steve!! 💙

Thank you for sharing your story Steve, it will help a lot of people. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and to try to heal. Thinking of you and your family....they are no doubt very proud of what you accomplished in your career and what you are doing to help others.

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