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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. Read More...


2017 Ontario Women in Law Enforcement 20th Anniversary Annual Awards Banquet:

SAVE THE DATE: April 28th, 2017

Mississauga Grand Banquet & Convention Centre
35 Brunel Road,
Mississauga, ON

Call for nominations is open. Deadline for all Major Awards Nominations and Service Award Nominations is March 10th, 2017. Please see the below forms for guidelines. Sold Out - Registration is closed.
Thank you and see everyone at the banquet!

For those requiring a hotel please go through the below link for a special rate for OWLE guests. $119 plus tax.


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

Laurie Hawkins Scholarship

In 2009, the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement implemented a scholarship fund in the memory of Laurie Hawkins. Constable Hawkins was a 20 year veteran with the Ontario Provincial Police. During her career, Laurie was recognized for her dedication to her community, and in 2006 received the OWLE Award for Community Service. On December 1st 2008, Laurie, her husband and their two children were found deceased from carbon monoxide poisoning in their Woodstock home. We will continue to honour the memory of Constable Laurie Hawkins through the dedicated scholarship fund which is presented at the Annual OWLE Awards Banquet.

There are 3 scholarships available to students who have completed their first year of post secondary education and are returning for a second or subsequent year.

One Honorary Award for $1000 is awarded to a person who is enrolled on a part time or full time basis at an Accredited Educational Institute. You must be a active OWLE member in good standing; associate OWLE member in good standing; student OWLE member in good standing or 5yr. OWLE member in good standing.

There are also 2 x General Awards for $500 each that are available to persons enrolled on a full time basis at an Accredited Educational Institute. Eligible applicants include: Children of OWLE members who are in good standing as Active, Associate, Student or 5 yr members.

Please see attached forms for application and criteria information.

Deadline for submissions: APRIL 1st, 2017.

Submissions can be emailed to or mailed to OWLE - HAWTHORNE, P.O. Box 30004, Milton, Ontario. L9T 0L8.


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.


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Ontario Women in Law Enforcement
Milton, Ontario
L9T 0L8
Phone: (416) 452-7774

President: Lisa Hewison - Peel Regional Police

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