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York Re­gion’s staff sergeant waits ta­bles to sup­port Spe­cial Olympics

Richmond Hill Post - - Neighbourh­ood News - by Jen­nifer Cheng

This sum­mer Staff Sgt. Julie Pro­vis was spot­ted wait­ing ta­bles in full uni­form at the Lone Star Texas Grill in New­mar­ket for an an­nual fundraiser called Cops and Cowboys in sup­port of Spe­cial Olympics On­tario.

“Help­ing a group of ath­letes who are so ded­i­cated to their sport and driven to suc­ceed just makes you feel larger than life,” says Pro­vis, who was re­cently hon­oured with the Rob Plun­kett Out­stand­ing Ser­vice to the Com­mu­nity Award for her on­go­ing ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity and sup­port of Spe­cial Olympics span­ning a quar­ter-cen­tury.

With York Re­gional Po­lice since 1990, Pro­vis be­gan sup­port­ing Spe­cial Olympics at the urg­ing of men­tor and col­league Const. Rob Plun­kett, who hosted what was called Cops and Lob­sters at Red Lob­ster start­ing in the early 1990s.

“It was Rob’s feel­ing for Spe­cial Olympics: when you saw what he did and felt, it made you want to do the same,” the 47-year-old said.

So when the part­ner­ship came to an end, Pro­vis per­suaded Lone Star to host the an­nual fundraiser to con­tinue Plun­kett’s legacy. Cops and Cowboys has since grown from two lo­ca­tions in York Re­gion to 20 par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­ca­tions across the province. This year, over 20 po­lice ser­vices span­ning from Wind­sor to Ot­tawa rolled up their sleeves to raise about $30,000, up from $4,000 in 2012.

“It’s more than just the Games that Spe­cial Olympics host ev­ery year. It’s their con­tin­ued ef­fort to be the best that they can be,” Pro­vis said.

“They work just as hard as other ath­letes, and it’s the one area where they can just be them­selves.”

Staff Sgt. Julie Pro­vis

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