IDI GTA has been giving Public Heroes Awards since 2011 to recognize the outstanding service of Toronto Police, Fire and Paramedic Services in maintaining public safety in the city of Toronto. In 2014, upon recommendation from its advisory board, IDI GTA has decided to extend the scope of the awards to whole Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The goal of the awards is to recognize the dedication and excellence of individual members or team members of police, fire and paramedic services in GTA (including Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, OPP, ORNGE and Corrections Ontario) for delivering their services in an ethnically and culturally diverse environment.
Award recipients are selected by a hosting & selection committee based the following three criteria: “Altruism”, “Dedication” and “Community Involvement”.
Members of the Hosting & Selection Committee
Armand La Barge Retired Chief, York Regional Police
Bill Blair MP, Scarborough Southwest
Brad Bowie PCP, Peel Regional Paramedic Services
Bruce Farr Retired Chief, Toronto Paramedic Services
Bruce Newton Superintendent, Toronto Paramedic Services
Chuck Mercier Former Mayor, Township of Scugog
Colin Carrie Member of Parliament, Oshawa
Daisy Wai MPP, Ontario Legislative Assembly
Dave Ralph Retired Commander, Toronto Paramedic Services
Deryn Rizzi Deputy Chief, Vaughan Fire Department
Johnny Bobbili Constable, Toronto Police
Lox Colquhoun Staff Sgt, Durham Regional Police Service
Mike Ewles Retired Chief, Durham Regional Police
Peter Yuen Deputy Chief, Toronto Police
Rahul Bhardwaj President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation
Rob Akin Sergeant Major, RCMP ‘O’ Division
Rose Buhagiar Director, Toronto South Detention Centre
Tony Warr Retired Deputy Chief, Toronto Police
Usha George Dean, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University
Kevin Vuong Lieutenant, HMCS York
Nominations, Selection Process and Awards
One staff member or a team from each service in all four regions of GTA (Peel, York, Toronto, Durham) as well as members of RCMP, OPP, ORNGE, and Correctional Services will be awarded with Public Heroes Award. Nominations will be submitted online by members of the public. The selection committee will cast their votes online to determine the award recipients.