Oak Bay Police Sgt. Julia Chanin said diving into the frigid ocean off Willows Beach on a near-freezing Wednesday afternoon was an invigorating way to start the night shift.
She, colleagues Pat Briant, Lisa Bruchetta, Dan Gilano – respectively of the Central Saanich, Saanich and Victoria police departments – and Special Olympian Sheena Morrison made the dip on Feb. 23 to hype up and promote the Capital Regional District’s Polar Plunge, happening virtually and among groups from March 5 to 20.
Oak Bay police have participated in the plunge for at least a decade, said Chanin. Proceeds from the Polar Plunge support special athletes across the region.
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