After serving just six months with the Guyana Police Force, Frank Fernandes migrated to the Greater Toronto Area in 1966 in search of a better life.
Coming from a law enforcement background and possessing a passion for volunteering, Fernandes joined the Toronto Police Service as an auxiliary member 42 years ago.
He was recently presented with an Ontario Auxiliary Police Medal for four decades of outstanding service.
An essential part of policing in the city since 1957, the volunteers contribute nearly 70,000 hours annually to assist the Service in several areas, including community mobilization initiatives, crime prevention programs, special events, parades, searching for missing persons and emergency call-outs.
“I enjoy community service, so this is a natural fit for me,” said Fernandes. “Most of my life has revolved around giving. As long as I am well and healthy enough to put on the uniform and volunteer, I will do so.”
When he’s not in uniform, Fernandes is quite active in the community.
He volunteered with the Bowmanville Fire Department in the late 1970s, served as co-chair of the Scarborough Community Safety Audit Committee, chaired the Blue Knights Toy Ride Committee, co-founded the Motorcycle Ride for the Prevention of Child Abuse, founded the Toronto Police Auxiliary Toy Drive and participated in a canoe race to raise funds for the Addiction Research Foundation.
Fernandes has been a St. John’s Ambulance member since 1987 and a Rotarian for almost 25 years. He’s also a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and patron of the Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Associations.
Fernandes is the recipient of several awards, including the Order of Ontario, the province’s Medal for Good Citizenship, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Consulate General of Guyana Award.