Cheering students lined the halls at St. Michael Catholic High School last Monday afternoon to thank OPP Constable Cathy Lindsey for her dedication to the school for the past 18 years. Cathy began her career with the OPP in 1998, at the Morrisburg OPP detachment, one of the few female police officers in the area at the time. In 2000, she started her position as Community Safety Officer in Grenville County and has played an integral role in the schools and the community since. In the Fall, Cathy will formally retire from the OPP, leaving behind a legacy of genuine concern and caring for the students in North Grenville. “We wish you much health and happiness as you enter retirement,” St. Mike’s Principal, Tracy O’Brien, announced over the PA, as Cathy walked through the halls, giving high fives to the hundreds of students that lined the walls. “Congrats from all of us.”
Cathy was moved to tears by the gesture, saying that she will miss the amazing partnerships she has built with the schools and the friendships she has made throughout the years. “I have seen these kids grow, develop and change into wonderful adults,” Cathy says. Not only has Cathy played an integral role in promoting safety in the schools, she has also been a mentor to several students who have gone on to careers in the police force. To show their gratitude, Tracy presented Cathy with a personalized St. Mike’s hoody.
Although she will miss her position as Community Safety Officer, Cathy is looking forward to doing some travelling in her retirement. She also intends to remain involved in the community, in a less official role.