Diane Gillis – Co Chair
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.
Karen Reid-Sidhu – Co Chair
Surrey Crime Prevention Council
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 300 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 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.
Student, University of British Columbia
George is currently in his 4th year at UBC pursuing a BASc majoring in Civil Engineering. His passion for engineering stems from his desire for environmental excellence as it connects, interacts and elevates society. Aside from school, George participates in a number of sports such as swimming, rowing and mountain biking. This is his 8th year teaching competitive swimming and his 3rd with the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club. George has volunteered with multiple municipal and regional councils to help bring forward youth perspective on transportation issues. Some of these committee’s include the District of North Vancouver’s Transportation Consultation Committee, TransLink’s North Shore Area Transit Plan PAC and the District of North Vancouver’s Official Community Plan PAC. In all endeavours, George strives to bring fresh and innovative ideas and hopes that his presence on the TPCCC will be valuable for Transit Police, UBC students, and youth across the lower mainland.
Alzheimer Society of BC
Heather Cowie is the Provincial Coordinator for Dementia-Friendly Communities at the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Heather has her Masters of Arts degree in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University where she studied aging and the built environment. She has been involved in numerous programs and projects related to the well-being of older adults and is thrilled to be bringing attention to making communities better for people living with dementia.
Disability Alliance BC
Jane Dyson has been with Disability Alliance BC since 1998. She has been the Executive Director since 2009.
Jane has also played a leadership role in developing stakeholder partnerships to promote communication between the disability community, government and other decision-makers. The Disability Without Poverty Network/Supporting Increased Participation for people with disabilities is one example of this model. She is also responsible for organizing committees which have brought together community organizations with TransLink, ICBC and the business sector.
Jane is a member of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness, Metro Vancouver Transit Police Chief’s Community Council, the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation’s RDSP Working Group, and is on the Board of the Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry. She is a past member of the Vancouver Foundation’s Disability Supports for Employment Advisory Committee.
Jane has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. Jane received the Order of BC in 2015 for her community leadership.
Greater Vancouver Association for the Deaf
Leanor Vlug is a Deaf community leader with experience in adult education and advocacy, working with Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf-Blind organizations and is on several community advisory committees. She is married to a Deaf man who is a retired Queen’s Counsel. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. Leanor’s passions are meeting people, researching and writing on a variety of topics, and playing word games.
SFU, School of Criminology
Dr. Rick Parent is an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology, and the Associate Director of the Police Studies Centre. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Parent completed 30 years of service as a police officer with the Delta municipal police. His policing career included secondments to the BC Police Commission and to the Justice Institute of British Columbia-Police Academy as an instructor. He also spent over 8 years as a crisis negotiator attached to a Vancouver area, regional Emergency Response Team.
His academic research and expertise is in the police use of lethal force including the phenomena of suicide by cop. Dr. Parent is the co-author of the book entitled Community-Based Strategic Policing in Canada and, the subject matter expert/author of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network course entitled “Police Ethics and Accountability. Dr. Parent is also a senior researcher for the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS).
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.
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.
Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness
Wanda is the Community Development Coordinator for the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness and a very active member of the Regional Transit Working Group. As a member of the Chiefs Community Council she will represent concerns on behalf of people in the Lower Mainland who are homeless, at risk of homelessness and vulnerable due to living in extreme poverty.
BC Women’s Hospital, Sexual Assault Service
Norma Jean McLaren
BCIT Student Association