Karen Reid-Sidhu – Chair
Surrey Crime Prevention Society

Karen is the Executive Director with Surrey Crime Prevention Society. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing community safety focused programs within the City of Surrey delivered by over 500 dedicated volunteers.

As a senior development professional with over 25 years of experience spearheading projects within the private, public and not-for-profit sector, she brings solid relationships within local communities, government and private industry.  Her creative ideas and concepts were successfully launched into actionable campaigns and projects, resulting in increased public awareness and revenue streams that achieved or surpassed all goals both regionally and nationally.

Karen is a graduate from the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business in Sales and Marketing Management, and holds a designation as a Certified Marketing Executive. She joined the team at Surrey Crime Prevention June 2012.

Dave MacDonald
Pathways Clubhouse

Dave started with Pathways Clubhouse, in 1984 and became Executive Director in 2002. The organization is an accredited, evidenced based program that provides community based services for people recovering from mental illness. These services include employment, housing, education, physical wellness, social, and youth services. Our Clubhouse is open every day of the year, and services are offered in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. He has also been a Faculty Member of Clubhouse International since 1995, performing accreditation on Clubhouses world-wide.

Diane Gillis
Kingsway Imperial Neighbourhood Association

Diane was born and has lived primarily in the Greater Vancouver area where she also raised her family.  She works as a nurse, currently with Seniors living on Vancouver Island.  Ten years ago, in response to increasing criminal activity in her neighbourhood, she formed the Kingsway Imperial Neighbourhood Association (KINA) with the focus being on what the community can do to make their neighbourhood the “healthiest” it can be socially by working with the City, other levels of government, local RCMP and Transit Police and other parties to support their efforts toward community safety.

Diane was a City of Burnaby Community Police Committee (CPC) Member for 6 years, continues as chair of the CPC Communications Subcommittee, was a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Graffiti and sits on various other committees in Burnaby.  Diane was also the former Co-Chair of the Transit Police Chief’s Community Council.

Donna Dickison
Stl’atl’imc First Nation

Guy Cohen
Security, Fire and Life Safety, Metropolis

Guy Cohen is the Manager of Security Fire & Life Safety at Metropolis at Metrotown.  Guy is a proud veteran of the Israeli Defence Forces where he served as a non-commissioned officer within Army Intelligence.  He later joined the private sector in the international maritime security industry as Chief Security Officer.  In recent years, Guy has been managing and developing security and safety programs at Metropolis at Metrotown.  Guy values the importance of engaging with the community and actively identifying sustainable solutions for community related challenges.

Helene Love
Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology

Helene Love, S.J.D. is a lecturer at Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology. Prior to joining Simon Fraser University, Helene completed her LL.B. and LL.M. at the University of British Columbia and her S.J.D. at the University of Toronto. She worked as a litigator at Stikeman Elliott LLP, then worked in administrative and program development roles at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law.  She has published her research on evidence, ageism, and the criminal justice system in a number of peer reviewed journals including the International Journal of Evidence and Proof, the Canadian Bar Review, and the Canadian Criminal Law Review.

Justina Loh
Disability Alliance BC

Justina Loh is the Executive Director of Disability Alliance BC (DABC) since September 2018. Before taking on this role, she was the Director of Operations and Administration at DABC.  DABC is a provincial cross-disability organization that works to promote the dignity, independence, and well-being of people with disabilities in their communities.

Before joining DABC, Justina spent the last 7 years supporting marginalized communities in Latin America, working in international development and social entrepreneurship. She has worked as a consultant for non-profit organizations and social projects, specializing in grassroots community development and bringing years of experience facilitating value exchange programs in South America for university and professional consultants. Justina holds a degree in International Development from the University of Toronto and is passionate about creating long-lasting change for vulnerable populations.

She currently sits on a number of advisory committees that include: HandyDart User’s Advisory Committee, Transit Police Chief’s Community Council, Accessibility Legislation Advisory Committee, RDSP Action Group, ICBC Disability Advisory Group, Active Transportation Strategy External Stakeholder Group, City of Vancouver’s Poverty Action Advisory Committee, among others.

Kimberly Wood
Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf

Kimberly has been an active member of the Deaf community for a long time, volunteering for different organizations.  Currently President of the Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf, Kimberly was involved with the B.C. Cultural Society of the Deaf, and was a former member of the BCVRS (BC Video Relay Service) Committee, which was key in bringing to the Deaf Community a “made-in-Canada” Video Relay Service.  Kimberly has been a member of the Measuring Up Committee allied with Surrey City Hall since January 2016.

Larry Hayes – Co-Chair
Burnaby School District

Larry Hayes has spent nearly forty-five years as a community volunteer and professional in amateur sports, in social services and in the public education system.  Larry was involved with the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association and in 1997, his efforts were recognized by the BMHA by being named an “Honourary Life Member” of the Association – its highest award for service.  He has also served on the Executive Boards of the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association, the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association and the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.  In 2019, Larry was named to the “BC Hockey 100” as one of the top 100 most influential figures over the past century in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the BC Amateur Hockey Association.  Outside of sports,  Larry earned his degree in Criminology and Psychology at Simon Fraser University and his professional career has seen him work for more than twenty years in youth and adult community corrections both in and outside of Government.  Larry has served as a voting member of the City of Burnaby’s Public Safety/Community Policing Committee since 2012. He has served as a Commissioner on the Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission and is now in his seventeenth year as a School Trustee, having been elected for six consecutive terms.  In 2012, Larry’s contribution to the community was recognized with the “Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal”, presented through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Sana Aziz
Alzheimer Society of BC

Sana Aziz is the Provincial Coordinator for Dementia- Friendly Communities at the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Sana has her Masters of Arts degree in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University where she focused her thesis on person- centered care practices for people living with dementia. She has been with the Society since 2017 and held different positions in Programs and Services and is now part of the Advocacy and Education team. She has been involved in numerous programs, projects and working groups related to the well-being of older adults in the community and is thrilled to bring attention to make communities more inclusive and supportive for people living with dementia, their caregivers, families and friends by leading B.C.’s Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative. Sana also sits on the Dementia- Friendly Canada Initiative working group as the B.C. lead.

Sherman Chan

Sherman Chan is the Director of Family and Settlement Services at MOSAIC. A registered social worker, Sherman holds a Master of Science in Applied Social Studies Degree from the United Kingdom. Sherman takes a leadership role with regard to immigration matters in Canada. Currently, he is Executive Member of Canadian Council for Refugees, Member of National Settlement Council, and Co-chair of Corrections Canada Pacific Region Ethnocultural Advisory Committee. He has done a number of collaborative studies with research institutions, and he has been involved in social justice advocacy with community groups. Sherman is the recipient of the City of Vancouver 2006 Cultural Harmony Award.

Valerie Clement
IRAYL & Surrey Youth Outreach Services

Operational Supervisor, IRAYL & Surrey Youth Outreach Services.  IRAYL is a unique partnership with the Transit Police, Translink and other community agencies across the Lower Mainland.  The youth outreach program provides support and resources to youth who gather together on and around the Skytrain stations in the GVRD. Youth outreach workers identify and connect with youth to provide support and build relationships. Youth are provided with resources, food, and other items as part of a cross-regional crime reduction initiative. Valerie is also the Supervisor of three other outreach programs based in Surrey; Reconnect Community Street Outreach, Stop Exploiting Youth and the Community Work Service programs.  Valerie has been with PCRS for 10 plus years and has over 20 years’ experience in the Social Services field working in government and not for profit agencies with both multi-barriered youth and adults.