Run organized in honour of Myles Burke

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In this file photo, the late Myles Burke, speaks with Warren MacArthur, second from right, a YMCA pre-school student, after the launch of the Strong Kids campaign. Burke was well known in the community through his role as Cape Breton Regional Police Chief. A fun run is being organized in his honour for Sunday, Sept. 22.

SYDNEY — An upcoming fun run will honour late Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Myles Burke.

On Sunday, the Myles Burke Memorial Fun Run will be held at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavillion on the Esplanade, Sydney.  

The event features a five-kilometre run or a one-kilometre walk.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with registration, followed by the run at 10 a.m.

Burke's death on April 9, 2011, shocked many people in the policing and political circles, as well as the community at large.

As a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of the Order of Merit for police services in Canada, Burke was widely considered a rising star among national law enforcement officials.

Burke had begun an aggressive centralization of the regional force's administration, getting officers out from behind desks and using the latest technology to communicate and to file reports. His funeral was attended by dignitaries and hundreds of uniformed police officers from across North America.

Burke was appointed chief in December 2008, having served through the ranks of the former Sydney Police Department and later the amalgamated Cape Breton Regional Police Service.

A native of Louisbourg, Burke lived in the Sydney River area with his family. At the time of his death, he was in Halifax attending meetings with police agencies from across the province.

All funds raised from the run will be donated to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Organizers of the run hope to make this an annual event. Each year, all monies raised will be donated to a different charity.

This year, T-shirts will be free with registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The cost of registration is $10.  

Donations are also accepted for those who are unable to participate or wish to make an additional donation.

Organizations: FBI National Academy, Sydney Police Department, Cape Breton Regional Police Service Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Geographic location: Sydney, Canada, North America Louisbourg Sydney River Halifax

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  • Ciana Chiasson
    September 17, 2013 - 14:52

    Such a fitting tribute for a man who valued health and fitness and was a huge supporter of community activities. Well done Janine, Nicole, Jayne, and the rest of the organizing team.