My name is Alejandro Avendano and I am Probation and Parole Officer with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. I started working in the Ministry in 2011 and is currently acting as the Intensive Supervision Officer for the London Core Probation and Parole Office. I was born and raised in the capital city of Bogota, Colombia.
I hold an honors bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Javeriana University and I am a registered psychologist with the Colombian Association of Psychologist (COLPSIC for its Spanish acronym).
I am also the Membership Director of the Southwest Branch of the Probation Officers Association of Ontario (POAO). I was presented with the Member of the Year Award in 2015 at our annual Symposium, which is one the proudest moments of my career.
First Car? First and Only – Ford Focus.
Salsa or Bachata? – Although I have no idea how, I try to jump to the dance floor and move to the rhythm of Salsa.
Soccer or Hockey? Always a soccer guy, but, learning about precious hockey.
Taco Bell or McDonalds? McDonalds before risking a visit to Taco Bell
To me Canada is…? A unique social experiment where all backgrounds, races and cultures converge in a beautiful harmony.
Thankful for? The opportunity of being part of that harmony and being able to work to maintain it by serving the public.
Hola! My name is Max Gomez and I am proud to serve as CALPO’s President and member of our Board of Directors. I have been a member of the Ontario Provincial Police.
I was born in Barranquilla, Colombia (Colombia’s Golden Gate!) and honored to call Canada home for most of my life. I hold my Latino heritage close my heart, I am in love with Colombian Empanadas, Pony Malta and Español.
During my career I have been honored to receive a Life Saving Award, Bravery Award, West Region Commander’s Coin for excellence, and the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Bankers Association Law Enforcement Award presented to our investigative team at the CACP annual conference in Victoria, BC.
I also had the opportunity to represent the OPP and the Integrated Security Unit as a Media Relations Officer deployed to the 2015 PanAm Games in Toronto, ON.
I am a proud member of the Board of Directors for Little by Little, a non-profit business that serves to keep families together through employment and training in Haiti.
First Car? – Nissan Pulsar – T-Top!
Salsa or Bachata? Salsa for sure! You should get your Bachata check out.
Soccer or Hockey? Soccer! But I got new skates this year – maybe I’ll buy a hockey stick soon. That’s progress right?
Taco Bell or McDonalds? I am not allowed to visit any of those, wife’s rules.
El Chavo or Chapulin? Chapulin of course!
Proudest Moment? Asking my wife to marry me. The birth of my children. Being sworn in as a Police Officer.
Most embarrassing moment? When I “got the call” that I was hired with the OPP. Why is it embarrassing? … I answered from a dentist chair with my mouth frozen. I’m glad she didn’t say “sorry, wrong number!”.
To me Canada is…? My Home and Native Land.
Thankful for? My faith, my family, the opportunity to serve the public and our members.
Purpose? To do justice, love mercy and walk humbly.
Luis Mendoza – Strategic Leadership and Partnership Development
Inspector Luis Mendoza is a member of the Ontario Provincial Police and serves as the Toronto OPP Detachment Commander. Insp. Mendoza is likely the highest-ranking Latin American Police Officer in Canada and enhancements the CALPO Board of Directors with Strategic Leadership and Partnership Development.
This is our Leadership Pyramid, the visual interpretation of our Vision and Mission.
CALPO leadership is there to support our members. Our leadership and members support our partners and lastly we all support the community. We believe that we are more effective when we invest in each other.