GUELPH, ON (June 25, 2021) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) was honoured to receive an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) earlier today, thanks to the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund.
The Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund is dedicated to the donation of life-saving defibrillators to public buildings in the name of fallen Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Military members who have died in the line of duty. The memorial fund was founded by OPP Sgt. Patrick Armstrong in honour of his friend and fellow OPP officer, Dave Mounsey, who died in the line of duty back in 2006.
Sgt. Armstrong was at GHS earlier today to present the AED to Gloria Kovach, in honour of her daughter, Guelph Police Const. Jennifer Kovach. Const. Kovach died on March 14, 2013, as a result of an on-duty motor vehicle collision.
This was the second AED donated in Cost. Kovach’s name.
“This is our 126th defibrillator donated,” said Sgt. Armstrong during the presentation. “We hope you never have to use it.”
The presentation was made in front of the Jennifer Kovach Memorial Garden in the new GHS community gardens, a space named by family and friends in loving memory of Const. Kovach.
Gloria told the crowd that it was amazing to have both the AED donation and the memorial at GHS in combination, as it reflects Jennifer’s “dedication to her community, her love for people and enhancing their lives, and her absolute love for animals.”
Gloria and Sgt. Armstrong also thanked members of the Guelph Police Service, including Chief Gordon Cobey, for attending the presentation and showing their support.
The AED itself will be placed in the front lobby of the building at 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. – which is an easily accessible space.
GHS is grateful to Sgt. Armstrong and the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund for this potentially life-saving gift, as well as to Gloria Kovach who continues to honour her daughter’s legacy and passion for animals.
About the Guelph Humane Society
The Guelph Humane Society advocates for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives it can influence, through care, education, community support, protection, and leadership. Founded in 1893, the Guelph Humane Society provides care and shelter for approximately 3,000 homeless, stray, injured and abused animals each year in Guelph and Wellington County. GHS is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. Visit www.guelphhumane.ca to discover more.
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