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.

Rick Parent – Co Chair
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).

Christian Colquhoun
BCIT Student Association

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

Heather Cowie
Alzheimer Society of BC

Heather 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.

Justina Loh
Disability Alliance BC

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.

Lianne Ritch
BC Women’s Hospital, Sexual Assault Service

Mary Ong
Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network

Mary is a Financial Consultant with IG Wealth Management.  Mary has received her designation as an Elder Planning Counselor, a Registered Retirement Consultant as well as a Certified Financial Planner.  She is a member of Seniors First BC and the Optimist Club of Coquitlam.  Mary has been a Coquitlam City Volunteer since 2012 and provides regular information sessions for seniors.  Through her active work with the Tri-Cities Senior Planning Network, Mary represents the group at the Universal Access Ability Committee of the City of Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities Healthier Community Partnership and hopes to enhance the lives of seniors in the Tri-Cities.

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.