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Chris French

Chris French

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Degree: Police Foundations

Year of graduation: 2003

Giving Back to His Community

Almost immediately after graduation, Chris was hired by the Peel Regional Police. A Constable with 22 Division for the past seven years, he currently works full-time as a Police Officer and teaches part-time in the Police Foundations and Investigations programs at Sheridan. Among his many years of volunteer activities is work within Brampton elementary schools as part of Sheridan’s Mentoring program.

“We helped underprivileged students with reading and other school work as big brothers and sisters, and we organized charity events and tournaments within the schools,” says Chris.

“I’m happy for the opportunity to give back to the community in which I grew up,” says Chris, who has coached hockey for 12 years at various levels, including AAA, in the Brampton area. A former member of the Orangeville Thunder Junior B team, Chris has run his own hockey school for the past six years. Energy Hockey specializes in skills development for players of all ages and levels in the GTA. http://energyhockey.ca/

He continues to be involved in ongoing volunteer projects within Peel Police, such as Toys for Tots and Cops for Cancer.

Chris’s wife, Melissa Carinci, is also a Sheridan Police Foundations graduate who works as an Officer for the Peel Regional Police Department. They met for the first time at a Police Foundations pub night at Sheridan, but didn’t start dating until after Chris graduated. They now have a beautiful six-month old daughter.

Quick to endorse the value of a Sheridan education, Chris has further strengthened his ties to the college as Director of Networking on the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies Alumni Board. “Sheridan was an excellent training ground which fostered my maturity and prepared me for the real world,” he recalls.

Chris’ busy world requires a steady focus to balance his many professional and personal pursuits. “I just take one day at a time, but always ensure that I am ready for the next day.” His advice for newly minted Sheridan grads centers on an old saying: “It’s supposed to be hard, because if it wasn’t everybody would be doing it!”
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