Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) is an organization that grew from an idea to bring together the female members of the law enforcement field from across the province.
It was recognized that many police services within Ontario are either too small or simply do not employ significant numbers of females to form individual organizations. This forum provides an opportunity for members to network and access professional development opportunities. Recognizing that there exists strength in unity and numbers, Ontario Women in Law Enforcement encourages women from each and every police service, and other affiliated law enforcement agencies within the province of Ontario, to collectively address their common interests and concerns.
Save the date – 2018 Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, May 4th, 2018
Mississauga Grand – 35 Brunel Road, Mississauga
Details Coming Soon!
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is hosting their first conference exploring the link between violence against humans and animals.
About the conference
Join the Ottawa Police Service and the @Canadian Federation of Humane Societies at the first-ever CFHS Canadian Link Conference in Ottawa, December 4-6 2017, and be part of a united effort to recognize and address the patterns of violence that threaten both people and animals. OPS is proud to be a lead partner on this event, which is open to police officers, police chiefs and administrators, paramedics and other first responders, enforcement staff at humane societies and SPCAs, veterinarians, Crown Prosecutors, the Judiciary, politicians, bureaucrats, social workers and other front-line workers. Benefit from cross-sector training and world renowned speakers like Dr. Peter Collins. http://clc.cfhs.ca.
Of note: This conference is eligible for continuing education credits with most provincial social work associations. The Canadian Link Conference is also eligible for Law Society CPD activity in many provinces. Early bird rates end October 4th! Click here to register.
2017 Ontario Women in Law Enforcement 20th Anniversary Annual Awards Banquet:
Thank you to everyone that attended our 20th Anniversary OWLE Awards Banquet. With 570 attendees it was our largest banquet to date! Congratulations to all the award recipients and nominees and thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors that helped to make the night a success. Please take a look at all the pictures and feel free to save the pictures you would like. We thank our photographers - Heather Cardle, Mike Southam and Andrea Patching for their excellent photos.
Save the date for events from our affiliated organizations – Serving with Pride and the Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement:
Serving with Pride will be hosting their first Gala Celebration and Awards “Out of the Blue” on October 21, 2017 at the InterContential Toronto Centre. Tickets are now on sale. Go to their website www.servingwithpride.ca or bluegala.ca
AWLE will be holding their Annual Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement Conference November 7-10, 2017 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Conference theme is “Believe in the Possibilities”. Click link for further details.
OWLE’s 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Ontario Police College
OWLE’s 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Ontario Police College was held on March 9th, 2017.
Media Release: Ruling to disallow uniformed police and floats in Toronto Pride Parade
The Executive Board of OWLE are deeply saddened and disappointed with the ruling from Pride Toronto to exclude Police Officers from the Toronto Pride Parade.
We take great pride in the uniform we wear and what it represents. We are all one family and belong to the human race. Creating divide further perpetuates the problem. Pride is all about love and inclusion – we stand together with our brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ Community. We stand together with all LGBTQ Law Enforcement Officers and all members of our Emergency Services and Criminal Justice family.
Don’t let hate and discrimination prevail. Together we can make a difference. We will continue to work together will all our community partners and I am proud of all the great work being done by law enforcement personnel on a daily basis.
Serving with Pride – We stand together with you.
To Brian, Danielle, Jean and the rest of the Serving with Pride Organization – you are doing amazing work and I am very proud of the work you are doing in and for our community. You truly are role models!
Lisa Hewison – President – Ontario Women in Law Enforcement
Senator Gwen Boniface speaks about the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement and female police officers in her Parliamentary address on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017:
Please read full address here:
Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Commemorative Bracelet:
For years the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) has been aectionately known as
OWL. The coveted, hand crafted pewter owl has been incorporated as part of our awards
ceremony dating back to the late 1990’s. So, it only made sense that we use an owl to
commemorate our upcoming 20th Anniversary. After much deliberation well known jewelry
designer Sandra Lewis was commissioned to design a one of a kind commemorative bracelet
using Greek Goddess Athena’s owl as inspiration. Sandra has designed a sterling silver charm
on a fitted black leather band with a stainless steel magnetic clasp, and an OWLE stamp on
the back of each charm. Athena was a goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, and law &
justice. Her owl is a symbol of knowledge, wisdom and empowerment.
Letter from Serving With Pride
Please read the attached letter from Serving with Pride President Brian Mitchell. It is his official statement in relation to police participation in Pride parades.
Looking for information on Criminal Justice Education & Career Information Resources
Click the link below:
Ontario Women in Law Enforcement
PO Box 30004 HAWTHORNE
President: Lisa Hewison - Peel Regional Police