Gary Rubie served as a member of the Peel Regional Police Service in Ontario for 33 years having recently retired in 2017. During his career Gary spent 19 years working in “Special Services”, Undercover and Investigative.
Gary served and gained experiences in the following bureaus: Uniform Patrol, Public Order Unit (Riot Squad), Divisional “Old Cloths” – Street Crime, Criminal Investigation Bureau, Break & Enter Unit, Static and mobile surveillance, Morality/Vice Bureau, Intelligence Services, Wiretap – Electronic Intercept coordinator, Homicide, Fraud Bureau, Recruiting, I.C.E. UNIT (Internet Child Exploitation) – Serial Rapist Task force and the Organization Health & Wellness Unit (Designated Officer-Infection Control/Addiction Referrals/Peer Support Team)
Gary has enjoyed many successes in his career, being recognized 64 times with letters of appreciation from the public, police commendations, and eight awards including:
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Ontario Provincial Award, Special Event Award of Excellence Award
- The Police Exemplary Service Medal
- Canadian Kidney Foundation, Ontario Provincial Award Recipient
- Canadian Kidney Foundation, Central Ontario Branch, Rookie of the Year Award
- Two Police Service Board Awards
- The Most Venerable Order of The Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem – Award, St. John’s Ambulance’s Highest Award, for life saving CPR on two-year-old boy.
Gary also served for four years on the Board of Directors for the Peel Regional Police Association where he Chaired a number of committees advocating for his Peers and was part of the Collective Bargaining Committee. Gary brings a unique perspective to presumptive legislation in Canada as the first and only Peel Police Officer to have received a full disability pension from the W.S.I.B. for job related post-traumatic stress. Gary volunteered co-facilitating the “Uniform Professionals Group” (2013 - 2016) with the Homewood Health Center Guelph, Ontario. The group was formed for Police, Canadian Military (DND) and Corrections, dealing with concurrent disorders, addictions and PTSD.
Gary hopes to raise the profile of Badge of Life Canada as the predominant organizational voice regarding operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress, and suicide prevention on behalf of all police (sworn/civilian) and correctional personnel across Canada who still struggle in silence.