The Countdown is On!
One week from today, 25 cyclists from RCMP Detachments, BC Sheriffs, Canadian Border Service Agency, and Auxiliary Constables from across South Eastern BC will begin their 1,000km journey to help raise money for kids who need it most. I’m honored to captain this team once again in the 15th anniversary, and excited to introduce you to the members of our 2016 Cops for Kids Ride team.
Each member of this team has provided their own bike, trained on their own time for this incredible journey, volunteered their time, and raised a minimum of $2,000 in order to be on this team. While the minimum is $2,000 in order to participate, we have riders who have well exceeded that goal which will all help local kids who need to travel to receive medical treatment in larger centres, or therapies and tools to aid with mobility & learning.
Over the 10 day journey our team will have to work hard and work together, something that they do every day in their jobs as law enforcement in our communities. There are some long days of pedalling, and some steep mountain passes to get over and it’s not going to be easy. We’re likely to see all 4 seasons over our journey, but the team does not stop pushing forward much like the kids who face illness, disability or traumatic crisis that they’re riding for.
Our 2016 Cops for Kids Ride Team:
Karen ARMSTRONG, Kootenay Boundary Regional RCMP Detachment
Cst. Fred ARNOLD, Kelowna RCMP
Dale AULENBACK, Kelowna ret’d Auxiliary Constable
Christine BANFORD, Kamloops CBSA
John BAUER, Kelowna Auxiliary Constable
Cst. Krista BOUDREAU, Enderby RCMP
Rob CROWDER, Nelson BC Sheriffs Service
Cpl. Dirk FINKENSIEP, Fort St. John RCMP
Grant FLETCHER, Cops for Kids Vice-President
Cst. Rob GARDNER, Comox Valley RCMP
Cst. Eva HARDING, Trail RCMP
Gail HARRISON, Cops for Kids President
Luke KIRSCHNER, RCMP recruit
Mike KOSOF, Nelson BC Sheriffs Service
Cst. Bill LONG, Nelson Kootenay Boundary Regional RCMP
Sgt. Jayson LUCASH, Lake Country RCMP
Denise MCMAHON, Vernon RCMP
Cpl. James MOORE, Revelstoke RCMP
Cst. Gerard POITRAS, Kamloops RCMP
Alan PROFILI, CBSA Osoyoos
Cst. Nicolas REIMANN, Vernon RCMP
Cst. Mireille SANCHEZ, Montreal RCMP
Cpl. Heather SWETNAM, South East District RCMP
Randy Wolczuk, Kelowna Auxiliary Constable
Cst. Claudia WYTRWAL, South East District RCMP
There’s also a team that supports the cyclists on their route. These are the people behind the scenes steering the ship, keeping the cyclists safe, comfortable and prepared.
Our 2016 Support Crew:
Motorcycle – Cpl. Gevan DALE, Kelowna RCMP
Police Car – Cst. Jesse O’DONAGHEY, Kelowna RCMP
Cube Van Storage – Peter FINKENSIEP
Motorhome – Lori FENNESSY
Bus – Chuck VASKO
Event Coordinator – Courtney KING
Ride Captain – retired S/Sgt. Major Julio KRENZ
During our 10 days, the team will have the opportunity to meet some incredible supporters along the way and we’re very thankful for the generosity. Wishing our riders a safe journey…
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