This morning at Oak Bay High School, in front of a cheering, jam-packed crowd, 20 Vancouver Island police officers and one radio personality were named to the 2015 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team. This 21-member team will cycle the length of Vancouver Island in September and October, raising money for pediatric cancer research and support programs.
This year’s team includes some high-ranking law enforcement officials, including the Island District RCMP’s Chief Superintendent and the Commanding Officer of Equimalt’s Military Police.
The team members all received their Coast Capital Savings training jerseys and their Trek bikes during the announcement.
“It’s such an honour to get to put on this Tour de Rock jersey for the first time. It’s so much more than just a cycling jersey; what it stands for on Vancouver Island – for community, for a unifying cause like pediatric cancer – is overwhelming,” said Ray Bernoties, Commander of the RCMP’s Island District, Chief Superintendent.
The 2015 Tour de Rock TeamJohn Belanger North Vancouver Island Traffic ServicesMihai Ilioi Nanaimo RCMPHilary Eastmure Nanaimo’s 91.7 coast FM (media rider)Ian Wetzel-Eden North Cowichan/Duncan RCMPNicholas Brame West Shore RCMPDerek Brand West Shore RCMPRodney Carper CFB EsquimaltPamela Harris CFB EsquimaltMichael Lemire CFB EsquimaltBrent Hilborne Victoria Police DepartmentMatthew Rutherford Victoria Police DepartmentDiane Luszniak Victoria Police DepartmentNawid Akbar Saanich Police DepartmentPaul Egli Saanich Police DepartmentNick Mandryk Saanich Police DepartmentSteve Smith Saanich Police DepartmentDillon Sahota Central Saanich Police ServiceDevin Fidler Sidney/North Saanich RCMPRay Bernoties Island District RCMPRobert Webb Island District RCMPAlison Wood Island District RCMP