Path of Honour

Path of Honour

In November 2005, Ric Wellwood, the Fundraising/Communications Coordinator for the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA), approached the Ontario Police College (OPC) with a very unique proposal. He suggested a partnership between the CCCA and OPC to create a living memorial to fallen police officers¬a Path of Honour¬on the campus of the College. The design for this memorial involved creating over a kilometre of paths running through the campus. The path would be lined with treesone for each fallen officer in Ontario. In the spring of 2007, a large group of volunteers planted 220 sugar maple saplings along the Path of Honour.

The Ontario Police College will maintain the Path of Honour in perpetuity as a living symbol of the sacrifices officers have made for their communities. This memorial is not intended to diminish the importance of the Ontario Police Memorial at Queen’s Park in Toronto; instead, The Path of Honour is a further reminder of the human cost of policing.