On Sunday October 20, 2019 a group of uniformed BC RCMP officers from Revelstoke took a very frigid plunge into the waters of Williamson Lake, not to perform a rescue, but to raise much needed funds for Special Olympics BC.
Together as a team, Cst. Joshua McCann, Cpl. Mike Esson and Cpl. Thomas Blakney each of the Revelstoke RCMP Detachment removed their gun belts and soft body armour to join other locals during the Polar Plunge 2019, celebrating its inaugural year.
Cst. McCann played a key role in the organizing the first Polar Plunge 2019 fundraising event in Revelstoke, which is the first town to host such an event for Special Olympics in BC outside of Vancouver and Victoria.
Cst. Josh McCann and Special Olympics BC set a goal to raise $5,000 during their inaugural event and were pleased when they learned that they surpassed their goal and raised almost $7,000 before any fundraisers even entered the waters of Williamson Lake. Cst. McCann raised an impressive $2,000 towards his initiative.
Cst. Josh Mccann, who was born and raised in Carbonear Newfoundland, is a long-time supporter of Special Olympics in Canada. He first got involved with the organization a decade ago, back in 2009, before joining the Mounted Police and he quickly realized that it was an organization that he would be involved in for a long time. Josh coached snowshoeing, track and served as coach representative on the executive committee for the Tri-Con Gentle Giants Special Olympics Club in eastern Canada.
Josh continued his volunteer work with the Law Enforcement Torch Run events after he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2017, and was an integral part of bringing the LETR to the community where he was first posted, which happened to be Revelstoke in the southern interior of British Columbia.
I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who helped promote and ensure our inaugural event was a huge success, especially to all those who took the plunge, states Cst. McCann.
This event would not have been possible without the generous support and generous donations from our sponsors, such as the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, the Revelstoke Rotary Club, the Revelstoke Tim Hortons, the Southside Market and Revelstoke Equipment Rentals.