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Nine constables will join the ranks of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service in a ceremony at the Valhalla Inn on April 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm.

Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service Acting Chief Robin Jones will open the gathering with remarks of encouragement.  Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Mike Metatawabin will also be present to meet the newest recruits and their families.

Constable Bryan Halcro will deliver the Valedictorian address, and he will also be presented with the award for ‘Outstanding Achievement' for the Basic Constable Training course.

The graduates are:

Graduating Class - April 16th, 2010

Bio of Constable Hector Vecchio

Cst. Vecchio has lived in Thunder Bay all of his life.  He attended Confederation College and graduated from the Police Foundations Program. Before policing, Hector was employed at Apex Security.  Hector enjoys working out, fishing and hunting.  Hector enjoys other physical activities such as kickboxing, and mixed martial arts.  Hector would like to eventually join the K-9 Unit or Drug Unit within NAPS.   Hector is looking forward to working in the community of Poplar Hill First Nation.  He is especially looking forward to building strong relationships with the community members.  Hector is joined today by his two brothers Frank and Mike Vecchio and sisters-in law Mitzi and Holly Vecchio.

Bio of Constable Gabriella Balog

Cst. Balog was born in Budapest, Hungary.  Gabriella has been living in Thunder Bay, Ontario for the past 18 years.  Gabriella had graduated from the Confederation College Television Broadcasting Program in 2005 and from the Police Foundations program in 2008.  Before joining NAPS Gabriella worked as an ESL Teacher in Taiwan for a year, teaching kindergarten and grades 1-6.  She also worked as a security guard at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.  Gabriella enjoys working out and has always been very passionate about physical fitness.  She loves the outdoors, where she's fishing, hiking or just swimming in the lake.  Gabriella is looking forward to going to North Spirit Lake First Nation and getting to know and working with the community.  She is joined today by her father Jozsef Balog, mother Julianna Balog, and little sister Brigitta Balog.

Bio of Constable Shannon Dyck

Cst. Dyck was born in the town of Dryden, Ontario, and currently lives in Ear Falls, Ontario.  Shannon graduated from the Kenora Learning Center.  Shannon is a mother of four children: Jenna (19), Justin (17), Joy (14), and Jewel (6).  Before joining NAPS Shannon was previously employed at the Hutchison Bus Lines located in Red Lake, Ontario.  Shannon enjoys playing piano, hockey, golf, fishing, hunting, and loves cooking.  She is joined today by her husband Perry Dyck, her children, her parents Dale and Kathy Bartlett, sister Libby Harrington and a friend.  She is very excited to meet the people and serve the community of Sandy Lake First Nation.

Bio of Constable Mackenzie Schussler

Cst. Schussler was born and raised in Kenora, Ontario.  Mackenzie graduated in 2008 from the Police Foundations program at Confederation College.   Before joining NAPS Mackenzie was working at Transfield Services as a General Labourer in Fort McMuray, Alberta.  Mackenzie enjoys the outdoors and sports.  He loves fishing, hunting, hockey, football, and baseball.  Mackenzie is very excited to be going to Keewaywin First Nation and looking forward to working with the community, and making a difference in any way that he can.  Mackenzie is joined today by his father Cameron Schussler, grandparents, and Aunt Gloria and Uncle Garry.

Bio of Constable Troy Wlodarek

Cst. Wlodarek was born in Toronto, Ontario, and currently resides in Kenora, Ontario.  Troy was previously employed as a child care worker before joining NAPS.  Troy enjoys working out, baseball and hockey.  Troy grew up in a family of police officers, which includes his father, two uncles, and his brother.  Troy has experience working with the youth from various northern communities for the last nine years.  He is looking forward to being a part of and getting to know the community of Kasabonika First Nation, and getting started on a long and successful career in policing.

Bio of Constable Mark Lefebvre

Cst. Lefebvre was born and raised in Timmins, Ontario.  Mark had recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario - 4 Year BA specialization in Psychology.  Mark enjoys sports such as hockey and basketball, and also enjoys playing card games.  Before joining NAPS Mark was employed at Aeroguard as a Screening Officer.  Mark is looking forward to working in Wunnumin Lake First Nation, and wants to get involved with the community events.

Bio of Constable Dwaine Howe

Cst. Howe was born in Calgary, Alberta.  At the age of one Dwaine and his family moved to St. Catherines, Ontario where he grew up.  Dwaine graduated from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Sciences in 2007 with a diploma in Law and Security.  Dwaine is excited to get to his posting in Kashechewan First Nation and work with the kids in the community, and the possibility of being able to help coach a hockey team in the community.  Dwaine really enjoyed his last visit to the community, and is looking forward to the positive experiences that will come in the future.  Dwaine is joined today by his girlfriend Tara Damore.

Bio of Constable Bryan Halcro

Cst. Halcro is from Southern Ontario yet has relatives in Alaska. Bryan is of Métis heritage and loves to celebrate his native culture. Bryan loves to play soccer, volleyball, and provide safety awareness courses to the youth.  Bryan is looking forward to meeting, and engaging the community members of Attawapiskat First Nation.  He will bring his smile, positive attitude, and skills to the job every day.

Bio of Constable Jim Andrew

Cst. Andrew was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Jim had graduated in 2006 from the Confederation College Law and Security Administration Program.  Before joining NAPS Jim had worked for the Thunder Bay Police Vehicle Maintenance Section as a Mechanics assistant.  Jim is also an active reservist in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve, as a Soldier/Class A Recruiter with the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment.  Jim has travelled all across Canada and the United States in the military.  Jim enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, travelling, and basically anything that involves the outdoors.  Jim is posted to Sachigo Lake First Nation.


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