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Ryan Gibson

Ryan Gibson - Spirit of Thunder Bay Award 2015In 2010 Staff Sergeant Ryan Gibson started volunteering with the Thunder Bay Police Youth Corps helping teach drill to cadets.  As a Staff Sergeant, he felt that using his knowledge to teach the cadets about policing and helping them to become positive role models in the community would be rewarding.  Later in 2011 he became the commanding officer.  Ryan has become a valued advocate for the group; he works tirelessly to have officers at the weekly meetings to provide an educational experience about policing and when he is teaching the cadets, they are always engaged.  He has participated in the Nova Scotia training camp and he also organizes the firearms training at the police station each year.  He has built a good rapport with the Cadets with his jovial personality; this is evident by the lineup of cadets wanting to talk to him at the end of each Corps meeting.  This staff sergeant and father of three young boys has also been volunteering with Special Olympics for four years, helping to organize the Torch Run, Mud Run and Polar Bear Plunge.  In 2014 he received the Rising Flame Award for his volunteer involvement.  He is also the fundraising chair for this year’s Can Am Games.  Ryan also volunteers with coaching minor football.  He has been doing this for over thirteen years and has coached the St. Patrick’s High School senior football team for the last two years.  He volunteered for St. John Ambulance and has also trained the drill team at the Ontario Police College.  Currently he is on the Female Thunderwolves Basketball board of directors, helping to fundraise and promote girls’ basketball.  Ryan is the treasurer on the Thunder Bay Police Youth Corps’ board of directors.  Staff Sergeant Ryan Gibson is a well-respected member of our community who has dedicated over fifteen years of cumulative volunteer contributions, and he exemplifies the spirit of Thunder Bay.