Over 200 officers and their families, along with Blinky the Safety Car and Andros the Bomb Robot, were on hand for the 29th Annual Children’s Games at Variety Village on May 7. Children with special needs from across the GTA enjoyed a day of sports and friendly competition.
At the opening ceremony, Kim Dailey accepted a plaque from Chief Bill Blair in recognition of her late husband Mark Dailey’s years of commitment to the Variety Village Children’s Games. Mark, City TV anchor (and a past president of this newspaper), hosted the games for many years before succumbing to cancer last December.
“Mark absolutely loved this event that was very special to him. He loved meeting all of the kids. That’s what made it special to him. Many of you made him homemade gifts that he brought home and displayed in his home office,” said Kim.” I feel as if he’s smiling down on us right at this moment.”
“Mark always seemed to have more fun than anyone else,” said Blair. “He cared about the city, all of the young people who are here today and all of the youths that have ever participated in these Games. He was truly a special guy.”
Kim and Chief Blair hung the plaque, which included a picture of Mark smiling, in the hallway at Variety Village.