Edmonton Police Association
Day 2 - 1:45PM - 2:45PM
Sergeant Michael Elliott was born and raised in Loon Bay, a small outport in Newfoundland and Labrador. He spent his teenage years volunteering and helping the community as a voluntary firefighter for six years and being Santa Claus in the annual Christmas parade for a decade. After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Michael enrolled into the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as a pilot.
In 2005, Michael became a Police Officer with the Edmonton Police Service where he holds the rank of Staff Sergeant, and is the current President of the Edmonton Police Association and Director with the Canadian Police Association. Michael is a strong believer in recognizing the effects of mental health on first responders and is an advocate for awareness, treatment, and change. Michael suffers from severe anxiety and PTSD and is keenly aware of the mental and physical affects upon first responders and their families and friends.
Michael has held roles such as the co-chair of Alberta Critical Incident Peer Network, Community Mental Health Action Plan (Edmonton area), & recently joined the network group of the Canadian Institute for Public Research & Treatment. (CIPSRT) Michael has been the recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal, Jim Dempsey Award for Community Service, and was recently appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. In his spare time, Michael volunteers/fundraises for Walk a Mile in her Shoes (YWCA) for domestic violence, participates/fundraises in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Athletes & is a regular contributor to Canadian Blood Services.