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Warren Giertuga

Warren Giertuga - Spirit of Thunder Bay Award 2015Warren Giertuga has been involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics for 17 years.  He is a zone coordinator and involved with the Operations Committee.  In his role, he leads not only the Correctional Centre campaign but the Zone and he does this with integrity, enthusiasm and most importantly vision.  It is through his cultivation of a strong team and willingness to lead, encourage, motivate and challenge that Warren was inducted into the Special Olympics Ontario Sponsors and Benefactors Hall of Fame.  He is the first correctional officer to be inducted into this prestigious group.  Warren is a correctional officer at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre with 26 years of experience.  In 2014 he led the first ever “Conquer the Mud Run” in Thunder Bay, raising funds for the Special Olympics which had over 400 participants.  He was also integral to other fundraising projects such as Boston Pizza’s “Police Serving You” event; the 5th Annual Polar Plunge with 250 participants this year, and he has worked tirelessly to have “Hero Bears” made and approved which are now sold across the province. Warren is the driving force behind the success of Special Olympics in Corrections and he has devised new and innovative ways to raise funds, allow for participants to have fun, and increase the profile of corrections.  Warren continues to be involved in all these endeavours.  His leadership, willingness to rise to the challenge, commitment to excellence and dedication to the cause have resulted in ever increasing participation and donations.