Terry James and Jean Augustine honoured at TPS Black History Month event

By Ron Fanfair

Ron Fanfair

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Deputy Chief Lauren Pogue said James and Augustine deserve the honour.

“Your legacy and your impact encourage us all to do better and to ensure a better future for all,” she added.

Pogue reiterated that the Service is committed to diversity and inclusion.

“Chief Myron Demkiw, our Command Team and TPS members across the city acknowledge the unique histories and lived experiences of Black communities in Toronto, experiences that include systemic anti-Black racism,” she said. “We recognize that while we continue to make progress, we have much work to do. Any progress that we see today began decades ago by many brave individuals who challenged all of us to do better and helped to lay the foundation for a diverse and inclusive society.”

Toronto Police Association President Jon Reid also thanked Augustine and James for their remarkable contributions.

“As a torchbearer, Terry led the way for many to come,” he said. “She was dedicated to just to her community, but also her colleagues. She was not just a trailblazer, but also a mentor.”

On behalf of the TPS Black Internal Support Network, Committee Co-Chair Staff Sergeant Kirwin Marshall acknowledged James and Augustine for their perseverance and dedication to uplifting the Black community.

“It because of you that my path was a bit easier,” he said.

The awards will be presented annually to distinguished Black Canadians.

This year’s TPS celebration theme is ‘Honouring Your Past Leads to Conquering Your Future.

For the first time, the Pan-African flag was raised at police headquarters on February 1.

The Service’s Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit (CPEU) led by Constable Curtis Celestine who is the Service’s Black liaison officer and Rose-Ann Bailey of the Equity, Inclusion & Human Rights Unit with support from Shannon Cartier of Corporate Communications, co-ordinated this year’s event.

Deputy Chief Lauren Pogue said James and Augustine deserve the honour.

“Your legacy and your impact encourage us all to do better and to ensure a better future for all,” she added.

Pogue reiterated that the Service is committed to diversity and inclusion.

“Chief Myron Demkiw, our Command Team and TPS members across the city acknowledge the unique histories and lived experiences of Black communities in Toronto, experiences that include systemic anti-Black racism,” she said. “We recognize that while we continue to make progress, we have much work to do. Any progress that we see today began decades ago by many brave individuals who challenged all of us to do better and helped to lay the foundation for a diverse and inclusive society.”

Toronto Police Association President Jon Reid also thanked Augustine and James for their remarkable contributions.

“As a torchbearer, Terry led the way for many to come,” he said. “She was dedicated to just to her community, but also her colleagues. She was not just a trailblazer, but also a mentor.”

On behalf of the TPS Black Internal Support Network, Committee Co-Chair Staff Sergeant Kirwin Marshall acknowledged James and Augustine for their perseverance and dedication to uplifting the Black community.

“It because of you that my path was a bit easier,” he said.

The awards will be presented annually to distinguished Black Canadians.

This year’s TPS celebration theme is ‘Honouring Your Past Leads to Conquering Your Future.

For the first time, the Pan-African flag was raised at police headquarters on February 1.

The Service’s Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit (CPEU) led by Constable Curtis Celestine who is the Service’s Black liaison officer and Rose-Ann Bailey of the Equity, Inclusion & Human Rights Unit with support from Shannon Cartier of Corporate Communications, co-ordinated this year’s event.

group of women flanked by two men, with two women holding an award
Terry James and Jean Augustine (m) with Grenada’s Consul General Gerry Hopkin (l), Deputy Chief Lauren Pogue, TPSB member Nadine Spencer and Tropicana’s President Anthony Grey (r) Photo: Ron Fanfair

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