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Navdeep Kaila

Navdeep Kaila

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies
Year of Graduation: 2004
Program: Police Foundations

A Committed Constable

Nav Kaila’s passion for policing took root when he was a child in Brampton. He even found a role model in an officer who lived next door.

“Sergeant Doug Fenske served as a mentor for me early on,” says Nav. “I particularly admired his work ethic and dedication which made me want to become a police officer someday too,” says Nav, now a Constable with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Choosing Sheridan for its reputation and graduate-employment rate, Nav enrolled in the Police Foundations program after high school. Despite being a full-time student, he maintained a job and volunteer work at the same time.

Nav made the most of his time at Sheridan, as a Peer Mentor to younger students at the college and a volunteer with the Iron John Mentor Program. The after-school program partners second-year Police Foundations students with young boys in Brampton to help foster their positive development. Nav was a key player in helping establish the award-winning program in 2007-8, says Tim Onyschuk, Police Foundations faculty member.

“Nav was a favourite with the boys and teachers alike. The teachers actually told him he should forget policing and go into teaching!

But Nav was determined to realize his dream of becoming a police officer, and worked long hours in loss prevention in the most crime ridden areas of Brampton and Toronto to gain valuable experience. Thanks in part to his perseverance, he was hired by the OPP in 2009. With passion, commitment and belief in oneself, anything is achievable,” asserts Nav.

Nav proved himself to be not only a model student but a highly skilled athlete. An avid field hockey player, he was a member of the junior under-21 Team Canada squad and Men’s Team Ontario which won Gold in 2002 and Silver at the 2008 National Field Hockey Championships. He has offered his time and skills as a player in the Iron John Lacrosse League for Police Foundations students.

“I strongly credit Professors Tim and Tanya Philp for my success,” Nav says. “They went above and beyond their roles, remaining a guiding force even after graduation.”

In turn, Nav continues to mentor Sheridan students who hope to follow his path, and has offered words of encouragement to new graduates as a Convocation speaker.

“Nav is an amazing young man who will add compassion to his law enforcement duties,” says Tim, adding the ultimate endorsement: “If I had a daughter, I would welcome Nav as a son-in-law!”