S/Sgt. Bawden is known for her ability to motivate others and help them excel. Insp. Nicki Lisi had this quality in mind when he nominated S/Sgt. Bawden for a mentoring Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) award. Once she was presented with that honour, her name was submitted to the (IAWP) for consideration.
The group presents awards annually in seven areas: officer of the year, leadership, excellence in performance, mentoring, community service, civilian advancement and medal of valor.
At the IAWP gala and conference in Barcelona last month, which was attended by representatives from 90 countries, S/Sgt. Bawden was given the award for mentoring. The IAWP stated she was chosen for her ability to "draw from her own personal experiences and challenges and use them to empower others."
During her week-long stay at the IAWP conference, S/Sgt. Bawden, along with Supt. Bulloch, attended many workshops and networking events. One workshop she found particularly interesting was from a Ukraine police force which, through succession planning and training, have raised female representation from 5 per cent to 36 per cent.
"While at the conference, I realized just how lucky we are here. Our training is so far advanced and as Canadians we can hear the questions brought up by other countries and add layers and value with our experiences," said S/Sgt. Bawden.
Networking was a key highlight to this experience as well. The delegates marched through the streets of Barcelona, with the Canadian delegation ending up on the cover of the local paper.
Congratulations S/Sgt. Bawden on this well-deserved honour.
Cathy Bawden (JPG file, 80.7K bytes)