Canadian Law Enforcement Retreat
November 3-4, 2019
A ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada
“He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to Him.” Proverbs 2:8
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) is pleased to support the Canadian law enforcement community by addressing the unique emotional & spiritual needs of law enforcement officers and their families.
When: Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m. – Monday, November 4 at 4 p.m.
Where: Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
Cost: $200/individual, $225/couple
Congratulations to Shannon Gugyel on winning the early-bird registration prize of a full day at the Nordic Spa!
Curious about what a typical day is like for couples at the Canadian Law Enforcement Retreat? Below is a sample schedule of what your weekend may be like for you and your spouse:
1630 – Session 1
1800 – Dinner
1915 – Worship
1945 – Session 2
2100 – Free Time
0730 – Breakfast
0830 – Worship
0850 – Session 3
1000 – Break
1030 – Session 4
1145 – Lunch
1245 – Worship
1300 – Session 5
1430 – Worship
1445 – Session 6
Testimonies from the U.S. National Law Enforcement Retreat
“I’m so thankful she stuck with me.”
2019 Special Guests
Speaker: Tim Schroeder
Tim Schroeder is a teaching pastor at Trinity Church, Kelowna BC and a regular presenter for the leadership training network, Willow Creek Canada. He is widely sought as a public speaker and his leadership credibility is flows from the fact that in a day of religious decline he led the growth of Trinity Church from 400 weekly attenders to 2500. His extensive community involvement has made him one of the most recognizable faces in the city, crossing all religious persuasions.
Tim’s commitment to the community has been expressed in several unorthodox arenas. He served for 10 years as an Auxiliary Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police working the streets weekly. He was also appointed Chaplain to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the City of Kelowna Fire Department. He currently is chaplain to the Kelowna Rockets Hockey Team and the RCMP. He has received numbers of awards for his community service including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, a Master of Divinity degree from Edmonton Baptist Seminary and a Doctor of Ministries degree from the North American Baptist Seminary.
Key in Tim’s life is his wife Arlene, who is a Registered Nurse, and grown children Lindsey and Travis.
Tim is a runner, with 15 marathons to his credit; an avid cyclist – having completed two, 1000 km Cops For Kids Rides; and, he holds a black belt in karate. His book, Life By The Hour and weekly newspaper column are widely read.
Speaker: Chris Hunter
Chris has been a member of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) since August 2002 and has spent the majority of his career working as a front line police officer. He is currently the Sergeant in Charge of the Employee and Family Assistance Unit/Member Support and Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM).
As part of his duties as Sergeant, Chris is in charge of the EPS Peer Support or CISM, as well as an instructor for the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR), and the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course. As an ASIST trainer, Chris has taught the majority of his courses to first responders and has traveled as far as Rankin Inlet, NU to deliver a workshop. Chris is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers (FCPO) where he serves as their Secretary on the board of the Edmonton Chapter.
Chris and his wife Kara have been married for fifteen years and have four children (Noah, Jordan, William, and Kaleigh). They are members of West Edmonton Christian Assembly (WECA) where they serve through the Alpha course, Children’s Ministry, and Prayer Ministry.
In his spare time, Chris coaches his kids in basketball, soccer, and baseball, and can be found camping in the Mountains during the summer months. In his spare, spare time, Chris is also working toward a Theology degree from Vanguard College.
Speaker: Chad Stillman
Chad Stillman and his wife of nearly 15 years, Melissa have two daughters. Chad served with the Racine Police Department (Racine, WI) for nearly 17 years working in Patrol, Field Training, Mountain Bike Team, Community Oriented Policing, SWAT (Sniper/Operator), Investigations (Homicide, Gang Crimes, and Member of the Safe Streets FBI Gang Task Force for Southeast Wisconsin). Over the course of his career, Chad received the Award of Excellence (9x), Unit Citation (2x), The Exemplary Officer Award, Cold Case Homicide Award, The Meritorious Award, and the Metal of Valor.
Chad’s police career ended after a fatal officer-involved shooting in 2018. After that time, Chad sensed God’s calling in his life to get involved in Police Chaplaincy work which prepared his heart to work with Law Enforcement Officer’s struggling with the pressures of job and PTSD. Chad and his family now live in the Charlotte, NC area where he serves as the Law Enforcement Relations Manager with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team.
Chad is also the VP of Guardian Angel Device, a Wisconsin based company who designed and sells the Guardian Angel Device, a handheld lighted device to provide hands-free illumination to the user. The Guardian Angel Device is currently distributed and used worldwide in a variety of markets including Law Enforcement, EMS, Tow Services, Runners, Bikers and the Outdoors Industry (Hunters, Kayakers, Fishing, Camping).
Chad is an avid bowhunter and loves sharing his love for the outdoors with his wife and daughters.
Speaker: Bill Mikaluk
Bill Mikaluk is a recently-retired police officer, enjoying over 25 years of service with the Edmonton Police Service. Bill has worked in many specialized areas including Firearms Compliance and Training Section (as an instructor of Firearms, EVOC and Control Tactics), as well as a Police Training Officer coordinator and member of the Performance Management Unit.
Bill’s credentials include a Bachelor of Education degree as well as being a Professional Certified Coach and Certified Police Coach. He most recently obtained certifications in Positive Psychology and Positive Education.
Celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this past August, Bill and his amazing wife, Bonnie, have two grown children they are very proud of.
Speaker: Steve Harris
Steve and his wife Sharlyn, have two great boys, Carter and Mitchell as well as their dog Kona. Steve is a 23-year member of the Calgary Police Service and over his career he has divided his time assigned to frontline patrol as a Constable and Sergeant while the last half has been in a variety of investigative roles as a Detective including Robbery, Integrated Proceeds of Crime, Organized Crime, VICE and Child Abuse. Steve also had the pleasure of travelling to Costa Rica with two police mission trips, partnering with Samaritans Purse and EPS, with the police in Belen and San Jose. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Unit. Steve has always tackled his law enforcement career with a Christian perspective and used these same tools overcoming PTSD.
Balancing life outside of policing, Steve is very active with high performance Olympic Sports and is currently Chair of the Board for Luge Canada. Keeping with that balance, Steve and his family attend Harvest Hills Alliance Church and help in a variety of ministries.
In his free time, Steve and the family are active in Karate with his boys, skiing, camping trips with the trailer, biking and paddle boarding.
Speaker: Jamie and Kate Hawkins
Jamie and Kate Hawkins have been married 13 years, and live New Brunswick. Jamie is originally from NB and has been an active member with the RCMP for the past 12 years. He has spent his career with the RCMP in Bell Island, Newfoundland; Nain, Labrador; and has now been in NB for 6 years. Kate grew up in Prince Edward Island, and graduated from University with a double major in Criminology and Psychology before deciding she wanted a career in neither of those fields and instead became a portrait photographer. Together Jamie and Kate are the co-creators of three very wild, but very sweet, tiny humans, ages 7, 6, and 4.
Worship Leader: Celeste Aviles
After growing up in a musical home, Celeste began leading worship in her early teen years. Over the past 10 years she has served at various churches across Calgary in staff and volunteer leadership positions and regularly serves as a guest worship leader for retreats and events.
She successfully completed Bethel Music’s School of Worship in 2015 and enjoys mentoring young adults in their worship leading and vocal skills and currently calls The Exchange Church her home community.
Celeste is passionate about creating an atmosphere that combines theological integrity and spiritual freedom that allows for a congregation to meet face to face with their Heavenly Father.