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As the son of a police officer, raised in Scarborough, Bill learned at an early age that “serve” comes before “protect” for a reason. And, after serving 39 years with the Toronto Police Force – the last decade as its Chief of Police – Bill is ready to continue protecting Canada’s democracy, if elected as Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest.
A born leader, Bill has demonstrated his ability to unite and engage others through his numerous roles in Provincial, National, and International policing forums. He served as President of both the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police – receiving the distinction of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces – and was honoured last year by the Canadian Tamil Congress for his leadership and tremendous service to the people of Toronto.
Bill is dedicated to many social causes, having worked with some of Toronto’s most respected and effective organizations such as Covenant House, the United Way, and Children’s Aid Society Toronto, and is the proud recipient of the 2011 Beth Shalom Humanitarian Award. Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Scarborough Hospital Foundation, and is Vice-Patron of the Good Neighbours’ Club – a day centre for older, homeless and unemployed men.