Lieutenant Governor to honour Gwen Boniface

    TORONTO, Feb. 29 /CNW/ - The Hon. David C. Onley will present Ms. Gwen
Boniface, former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police with the 2007
Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration to
recognize her leadership in the Ontario Public Service. Ms. Boniface will
accept the medal at a ceremony to take place in the Lieutenant Governor's
Suite at Queen's Park at 4:30 PM on Monday 3 March.
    "As OPP Commissioner from 1998, Ms. Boniface served eight years that
included key events such as the 9-11 wakeup on national security, the SARS
crisis, and the Northeast Power Blackout of 2003, the largest power outage in
North American history, affecting 10 million people in Ontario and another
40 million in eight US states: enough action to fill a lifetime career for
most," said Mr. Onley.
    Ms. Boniface began her policing career with the Ontario Provincial Police
in 1977, only three years after the OPP first began hiring female officers. In
1998 she made history by becoming the first female Commissioner of the OPP
responsible for leading more than 7,500 uniform and civilian staff and
850 Auxiliary volunteers. Ms. Boniface is currently serving as a Deputy Chief
Inspector with newly established Garda Siochana Inspectorate in Dublin,
    The Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration
is awarded annually to an individual whose leadership, innovation, dedication
and achievement have made a valuable contribution to the profession and the
public in Ontario. This program is administered by the three Ontario groups of
the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).

For further information:

For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant
Governor, Tel. (416) 325-7781,; Caryl Arundel, Institute of
Public Administration of Canada, Tel. (416) 239-8294,

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