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Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list )

Sergeant Marcel A. Marcellin - Diversity Officer, London Police Service

Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list )


 BIO: Sergeant Marcel A. Marcellin is the Diversity Office at London Police Service. He has received several awards over the span of his career such as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Media and London Community Black Achievement Award. He is currently the Co-chair, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police - Diversity Steering Committee and sits on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Middlesex and London. Marcel also is a member of the London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee (LDRRAC) and Association of Black Law Enforcers (ABLE).


Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am an 18-year veteran of the London Police Service currently serving as the Diversity Officer.  I am very active in the community and enjoy music, film and ethnic cuisine.  I have three children. I am interested in creative art and design.  I play the saxophone, bass guitar and keyboards for enjoyment.


What's your inspiration and how do you get motivated?

I am inspired by learning and teaching others. I am motivated by being the best person I can be in all areas of life.


How did you get to where you are now and what more should we expect?

My journey to this place in my life is the result of my upbringing and important lessons from my parents teaching commitment and dedication.


What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for being dedicated to community and working to inspire positive change.


How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?

This is an area that requires improvement.  Work tends to outweigh everything else at this point.


What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?

My favourite food is fried plantain.  Favourite book is Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama.  My favourite music is jazz; Kind of Blue by Miles Davis.  One of my favourite movies is Mo Better Blues by Spike Lee.


What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?

My experience has been good overall. However there have been occasional reminders that racial discrimination still requires a sincere collective effort to eliminate. Despite this, I had opportunities to succeed at various stages in my life which has brought me to this place where I can enhance opportunities for others and effect positive social change.


Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models and institutions like Tyler Perry, Obama, BET, etc?

Opportunities are what you make of them. Our demographics are much different from the United States, so I wouldn’t expect the same level of successful integration from a business stand-point; however, there is a market for us to flourish particularly in the GTA.  I am hopeful for our future in this regard, particularly in areas other than sports and entertainment. Political involvement is a must as provincial and federal government demographics indicate.


Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Leaders, Artists and Role Models?

My role models are; Lincoln Alexander, Michaelle Jean, Oscar Peterson, and Chief Devon Clunis of the Winnipeg Police Service.


Should & do Blacks support black music, events and businesses?

Of course! This is important to build the capacity of our communities and ensure positive economic growth and opportunity.


What’s your understanding of Black History in Canada?

Black history is about understanding our link to the last beginning with the Underground Railroad.  Our job as black Canadian is to honour this history by making the most of “freedoms obligation” to be the best we can be despite our history.