PEI LETR Member of the Year for 2021 goes to Jodi Harper!
Jodi has been a committed member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for 10 years. Her commitment to both the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics PEI have not gone unnoticed. Always quick to volunteer or lend a hand, you can often find Jodi behind a camera taking photos, volunteering to set-up, or really help in any way she can.
In 2011 Jodi had the opportunity to represent not only the PEI Law Enforcement Torch Run, but also the LETR movement in Canada, when she participated in the Final Leg in Greece ahead of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.
While Jodi’s commitments and contributions to Law Enforcement Torch Run here in PEI have been numerous, her legacy has been the induction of the Polar Plunge fundraiser. Inspired from learnings at an LETR International Conference, Jodi brought the idea for the Polar Plunge back to the PEI LETR committee. In 2013 the first Polar Plunge was held on the North Shore beaches of PEI, raising $11,000 for Special Olympics PEI. Over the last 8 years the Polar Plunge has grown, raising just under $30,000 in 2021 and expanded to a hybrid model. All together over the last 8 years, Polar Plunge events have raised over $175,000 for Special Olympics PEI!
Jodi is also a passionate volunteer coach. Well loved and respected by her athletes and fellow volunteers. Jodi has been volunteering with Special Olympics PEI programs for 18 years. She is the current Head Coach of the Charlottetown Athletics program and has also volunteered with the Charlottetown Swimming program in the past. Jodi has supported athletes from the grass-roots level through to National Games.
Please join us in congratulating Jodi Harper, a true champion of the Special Olympics movement.
This year’s PEI Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Member of the Year!