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Twelve constables join the ranks of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service in a ceremony at the Valhalla Inn the 11th of April 2008. NAPS Chief Paul Trivett opened the gathering with a prayer and remarks of encouragement. Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation welcomed the newest recruits and their families.Constable Jeff Dymond delivered the valedictorian address and encouraged his fellow officers to be thankful for the support of their families and to treat all they meet as members of their family. Constable Brad Yesno won the award for “Outstanding Achievement” for the Basic Constable Training course.
The graduates are:
Cst. Ken Neshinapaise
Cst. Neshinapaise has lived most of his life in Fort Hope – Eabametoong First Nation. He attended high school at Selkirk in Thunder Bay graduating in 1987. He is married to Julie and they have four children and four grandchildren.
Before policing, Ken was employed at Eabametoong First Nation Health and Social Services from 1996 to 2007; he was a Mental Health Counselor for eight years and a Health Services Manager for three. The last few months before going to Ontario Police College, Ken worked as a Power Plant Operator.
Cst. Neshinapaise is looking forward to the new career as a Police Officer and the challenges that come with it.
Cst. Cory Legarde
Cst. Legarde was born in Thunder Bay and moved with his family to Pass Lake when he was a year old. He attended Hillcrest High School in Thunder Bay graduating in 1995. Cst. Legarde attended Confederation College where he graduated from the Police Foundations program in May 2000. Before coming to NAPS, Cory was employed as a security guard with the Thunder Bay Charity Casino.
Cst. Legarde is looking forward to pursing his dreams and working with his NAN community.
Cst. Christopher Carson
Cst. Christopher Carson has lived his entire life in Thunder Bay. He is a graduate of Sir Winston Churchill Hill School. Before joining NAPS, Christopher worked as the manager for Central Car Wash. In his free time Cst. Carson enjoys weightlifting, sports, snowmobiling and motorcycling.
Cst. Carson is looking forward to training with his coach officer. Christopher is pleased to have his parents here today to join him in this celebration of his achievement.
Cst. Adam Desloges
Cst. Adam Desloges was born and raised in Timmins. He attended French school and graduate from Ecole Secondaire Theriault. Adam lived in Edmonton for seven years and Europe where he coached hockey. Before joining NAPS he owned and operated his own business sealing asphalt and interlocking brick driveways in the summer and plowing driveways in the winter.
Becoming a police officer has been Adam’s childhood dream. He’s extremely proud to have been hired by NAPS and looks forward to working for and with NAPS. Today, Adam is thinking about his father, Bob, who passed away when Adam was 21. He would be extremely proud of Cst. Desloges’ achievements.
Cst. Mitch Fawn
Cst. Mitch Fawn is originality from Curve Lake First Nation. He is the third member of his family to achieve the aspiration of becoming a police officer. Mitch chose NAPS in the hopes of following in his grandfather’s footsteps and reliving his experiences of policing. Cst. Fawn is very happy to have the opportunity to serve the Northeast Region of the NAN territory and is looking forward to assisting the community he is going to be deployed to with his own personal flare.
Cst. Brad Yesno
Bradley Jonathan Yesno was born and raised in Eabametoong First Nation. He is the son of Andy and Christine Yesno. Brad has been married to Kim for nine years and they have three children: Riley, Breanne and Cooper who are his greatest loves rivaled only by his love for the Montreal Canadiens. Brad enjoys hockey, fishing and hunting. Brad attended high school in Thunder Bay and graduated from Sault College with a degree in Forestry. He has worked as a Band Councillor, Teacher’s Assistant and Forestry Consultant before choosing Policing as his career. He is very excited to begin working with the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service.
Cst. Daniel Leahy
Cst. Daniel Leahy was born and raised in Thunder Bay Ontario, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and working with the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment. Before attending the Ontario Police College, Daniel lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba for over three years. While in Winnipeg, he worked with The Queens Own Cameron Highland Regiment as an infantry corporal. Manitoba also helped him develop his newest pastime of expedition canoeing.
Cst. Leahy is looking forward to working with NAPS and the people of the communities he will serve.
Cst. Heather Lindstrom
Cst. Heather Lindstrom was born and raised in Thunder Bay. She is the proud mother of three children; Lily, 5, John, 3 and Andi, 8 months. Heather is also a graduate of the Police Foundations program at Confederation College.
Cst. Lindstrom is proud to have fulfilled her dream of becoming a police officer with the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service.
Cst. Blain Joynson
Cst. Blain Joynson has been a life long resident of Thunder Bay. After completing high school, Blain attended Confederation College where he graduated from the Police Foundations program. For the past five years, Cst. Joynson has been employed as a security supervisor at a Thunder Bay mall and as a security guard for the OLG Casino in Thunder Bay.
Cst. Joynson is looking forward to this next chapter of his life and working in his NAN community.
Cst. Jeff Dymond
Cst. Jeff Dymond was born in Toronto, raised in Peterborough and then moved to Thunder Bay to attend college. Jeff is a graduate of Confederation College, studying Recreation Leadership. Before joining NAPS, Cst. Dymond was employed at Fresh Air Experience, Kairos Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Thunder Bay and Dilico Child and Family Services. Cst. Dymond currently lives in Geraldton with his wife, Katie. He has a brother and two sisters who reside in Southern Ontario with the rest of the family.
Cst. Dymond enjoys the outdoors and sports and is looking forward to both policing and exploring his community.
Cst. Jason Gatto
Cst. Jason Gatto was born and raised in Thunder Bay where he attended Hammarskjold High School. He continued his education graduating from the Law and Security program at Confederation College. He was also employed at Thunder Bay shopping centres as supervisor of the security division. For the past six years, Jason was also employed by the City of Thunder Bay working at a golf course.
Cst. Germaine Simon
Cst. Germain Simon is the daughter of Vincent and Sarah Simon and a member of Big Cove First Nation in New Brunswick. She and her family moved to Thunder Bay nine years ago. Germain enjoys spending time with her family, fishing and travelling.
Cst. Simon is happy to share this special day with her family. Her brother, Cst. Bob Simon, is also a NAPS officer, serving in Sachigo Lake. Germaine’s sister, Glenda and brothers Sheldon and Constable Shanon Simon, all of New Brunswick, are here today to share in her achievement.
Chief Paul Trivett
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