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Chief’s Community Council Members

Karima Jivraj- Chair

Bosley’s New Westminster

Karima Jivraj became a franchise owner in 2011 and opened a Bosley’s by PetValu store in Columbia Square, New Westminster.  Her award-winning, community-focused business is the premier destination for local pet owners.  

Since opening her business, Karima and her team are proud to assist several local rescues and the New Westminster Animal Shelter. Through her store, Karima arranges adoptions of homeless pets into forever homes and fundraising for those in need of money and supplies. The Bosley’s New West team plays an active role within the community through local events and in-store events.

Since 2016, Karima also sits on the Board of Directors for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council for Canada (PIJAC Canada) and in 2022 Karima was appointed to the Transit Police Chief’s Community Council.  Karima was also a former Board Member and Board President for the Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association (March 2015 to March 2023) and New Westminster Chamber of Commerce (July 2016 to October 2017).

Valerie Clement – Co-Chair

IRAYL & Surrey Youth Outreach Services

Valerie Clement is the 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.

Anna Markey

Alzheimer Society of BC

Anna Markey is the Provincial Coordinator for Dementia Friendly Communities with the Alzheimer Society of BC. Anna is trained as an Occupational Therapist and spent many years working in acute health care, long term care, and occupational rehabilitation before completing her Masters degree in Community Development and Health. For the past ten years, Anna has worked in the non-profit sector where a large focus of her work has been on community accessibility for people with disabilities. Anna has worked for the Alzheimer Society of BC since September 2021 in both the community services department (i.e., working directly with people affected by dementia), and the community engagement team.

Breanna Guy

Security, Fire & Life Safety, Metropolis

Breanna is the Manager, Security, Fire & Life Safety at Metropolis at Metrotown and other JLL properties.

Dean Barbour

Fleetwood Business Improvement Association

Dean Barbour, currently the Executive Director of the Fleetwood Business Improvement Association, began his life in small business when he took over his uncle’s food marketing company in Yorba Linda CA in the mid 1990s. From creating the international Sunkist Smile campaign to launching dozens of new and unique food items into US markets, Dean travelled across the US and Canada assisting clients with business planning, fundraising, market research, branding and creating custom sales and marketing tools.  

In 2000, Dean returned to Canada to manage Indigenous Business Network, a project he created to bring online small business resources to First Nations’ entrepreneurs across Canada. This process got him involved in managing a top self employment program in Vancouver and subsequently led to him working on the creation and curriculum of what is now Small Business BC’s seminars and workshop programming. 

Over the past 20 years, Dean has helped over 1000 aspiring entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses, won the 2009 Chamber of the Year as the Executive Director of the Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce, been twice nominated as a Mentor of the Year for Futurpreneur, was an original member of Start Up Canada and has been a board member and volunteer for many non-profits and societies.  

In 2018, Dean built a reputation as an enthusiastic and passionate communicator after publicly arguing and debating the SkyTrain vs Light Rail topic in Surrey and currently, is working with the Fleetwood Community Association and the City of Surrey on developing the RIGHT land use / town centre plan that ensures Fleetwood has the ability to support major increased densities, job creation and economic development while creating a safe, welcoming and walkable community for the next generation.

Diane Gillis

Kingsway Imperial Neighbourhood Association

Diane Gillis 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.

Larry Hayes

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.

Michelle Lemaire

St. Leonard’s Society of North Vancouver

Michelle Lemaire has been involved in the field of criminal justice since 2019. Upon graduating from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Michelle volunteered extensively with Metro Vancouver East Community Corrections, providing support both in the community as well as in the institutions.

Professionally, Michelle has held employment at multiple Community Residential Facilities across Metro Vancouver and was the coordinator of the Metro Vancouver West Community Corrections Volunteer Program based out of the Vancouver Parole Office. During her time as the Coordinator of Volunteers, Michelle also sat on the Citizens Advisory Committee as one of the Correctional Service Canada liaisons.

Michelle is currently the house manager at St. Leonard’s Society of North Vancouver. Contracted to Correctional Service Canada, St. Leonard’s houses, supervises and provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment to federal offenders on conditional release in the community. Michelle works closely with the North Vancouver RCMP, Correctional Service Canada and Transit Police to promote and contribute to public safety.

Royce Shook

Tri-Cities Seniors’ Action Society

Royce Shook has been honoured to serve in many capacities as an educator of over 40 years. He has been a teacher, Department Head, District Curriculum, Specialist, Program Coordinator, and Provincial Curriculum Coordinator.

In addition, he was the Dean of Education, and a professor both online and in-person at the University of Phoenix from 2000-2010. Since retiring he has served on many non-profit organizations including:
• Tri-Cities Seniors’ Action Society Planning Committee as Vice-Chair 2021
• The Wilson Seniors Advisory Board, 2020-2021 as President 2019- present
• The Mayors Citizen Advisor Committee for Port Coquitlam 2019 present. Member
• The Council of Advisors to the Senior Advocate 2019-present Member
• COSTCO Health and Wellness Institute, 2015-present Workshop Designer, Facilitator, Trainer and workshop creator and editor
• Port Coquitlam Vital Issue Project Concept Team for Seniors (Isolation & Belonging), 2018-2020 Member
• SHARE Family Services, 2007-2015 Board member and Executive Member
• SHARE Housing 43 Board (2007-2015) Member
• Society for the Promotion and Advancement of Career Education, 1979-1990 Board and Executive.
• Seniors First BC 2016-2017 Workshop Presenter

He also writes a blog about senior issues, which has been named one of the top 100 blogs for seniors.

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.

Shana Vanderark

Lower Mainland – Community & Safety Intelligence

Shana Vanderark has been part of the law enforcement and policing environment for over 13 years.  She brings work experience in providing quality assurance, qualitative and quantitative research. Academically, she has her Bachelors Degree from Simon Fraser University, majoring in Criminology and minoring in Sociology. Shana has also completed her Intelligence Analysis Graduate degree from JIBC. Currently, Shana guest lectures at BCIT for the Forensic Science Tactical Analysis course, relating to Fusion Centers and real-time intelligence.

In addition to employment and education in the intelligence field, Shana has volunteered with the BC Crime Prevention Association (BCCPA), the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI), BC Association of Auto Theft Investigators (BCAATI), and Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery & Education Society.  She has served as a board member for eight-years for the Surrey Crime Prevention Society, sitting as the vice-president on the Board of Directors, as well as on the Executive Committee.

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.

Tanya Wheatley

Pathways Clubhouse

Tanya Wheatley started with Pathways Clubhouse in 2005 and became Program Director in 2019. 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.

She is also a new Faculty Member of Clubhouse International since 2022, that performs accreditation on Clubhouses world-wide.

Tommi Leigh

Post Secondary Student

Tommi Leigh is a criminology student at Douglas College working towards a degree in forensics. Tommi also currently volunteers with BYCS and is passionate about working towards a community that is inclusive and diverse.

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