President's Message

Reconnect, Re-engage, Refocus, Re-energize


Jacqueline Edwards
President
Association of Black Law Enforcers


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the newly elected President of the Association of Black Law Enforcers (A.B.L.E.).  I am truly humbled to have been elected by my peers and assure you that I intend to fulfill the mandated responsibility of this position with pride, dedication and focussed on achieving results.

Some of you may know that I am a product of the organization’s vision for young people within Law Enforcement and Justice.  Indeed, 26 years ago, in 1993 I was the original recipient of the A.B.L.E. Scholarship Award. I am now a 20-year veteran Peace Officer with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the 1st Woman to be elected to the office of President with A.B.L.E., and I’m engaged daily in CSC’ efforts to preserve and promote cultural identity and practices of our ethnocultural staff and offenders alike. All this because A.B.L.E. took the time to recognize me as a young black woman, they inspired and encouraged me to pursue a career in law enforcement in spite of obstacles.
 
This is why I am truly looking forward to the many opportunities to give back to the community, starting with the evening of May 25th, 2019, where we will host the 26th Annual A.B.L.E. Scholarship Awards Ball – Co-hosted by the Halton Regional Police Service at the Burlington Convention Centre. We are truly excited to welcome Justice Donald McLeod as this year’s featured keynote speaker. The gala will bring people together and will give us a platform to formally recognize youth achievement, something that is near and dear to me as a mom and former recipient. Please reserve this date and contact us for promotional opportunities at the event or in our Awards Ball Magazine. Our planning committee would be pleased to work with your agency.
 
I would be remiss not to take this moment to acknowledge the leadership of A.B.L.E.’s outgoing President, Mr. Kenton Chance. Kenton, on behalf of all members, thank you. You leave me big shoes to fill, and I assure you that I will do my very best to lead this organization in the tradition of leadership excellence you maintained throughout your tenure. As A.B.L.E.’s new President, it is my commitment to work with leaders of the Law Enforcement and Justice Sector to create and maintain reflective, fair, and equitable services where Black and Racialized members can reach their full potential.  I am also committed to building and maintaining service relationships between our community and our profession that are responsive, respectful, and safe.
 
In closing, I truly look forward to working with all of you and appreciate your continued support of A.B.L.E. community and professional initiatives. It is my intention to reach out to you personally in the coming months.  In the meantime, should you have a priority matter to discuss, I can be reached by email at or by phone at 647- 792-1081 Ext #1
 

Respectfully,

Jacqueline Edwards

President
Association of Black Law Enforcers

 


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