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									           Solicitor General
        Community Safety &
       Crime Prevention Awards
                2006
for Outstanding Contributions Towards Crime Prevention
      and Community Safety in British Columbia


                      Presented By:
                The Ministry of Public Safety
                   and Solicitor General

             The 28th Annual Conference of the
              B.C. Crime Prevention Association

                 Friday, September 22, 2006
A Message from the Minister




   Congratulations to the 2006 recipients of the Community
   Safety and Crime Prevention Award.
   I commend all of you for your dedication and commitment
   to building safe communities in B.C.

   These awards recognize individuals or groups who have
   made invaluable contributions to crime prevention and
   public safety. It is the hard work and compassion of people
   like you that are the foundation of safe communities.

   Your commitment and accomplishment towards crime
   prevention and community safety is appreciated. Please
   know that you are serving as an example to inspire others
   to follow in your footsteps and to take similar steps and
   actions towards making our communities and homes safe
   places.

   Sincerely,

   John Les
   Solicitor General
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Welcome to the 2006
Solicitor General
Community Safety &
Crime Prevention Awards
Each year the Ministry hosts the Solicitor General Community Safety
and Crime Prevention Awards to recognize individuals and groups
across the province who have made outstanding contributions to
crime prevention and community safety.

All of the nominees demonstrated an outstanding level of
commitment, perseverance, innovation and contribution to keeping
their local communities safe.

Thanks to all of you for your continued efforts and to those receiving
a Solicitor General Award - congratulations.

The Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General is honoured to
be part of the B.C. Crime Prevention Association's Annual
Symposium and thanks everyone for making a difference.




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Disclaimer: Information about this year's recipients was
gathered from the submissions made by the nominator.
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              The Award Categories
Anthony J. Hulme Award of Distinction - Lifetime Contribution

Kenneth M. Lemckert Community Policing Award

Wael T. Audi Youth Policing Award

Crime Prevention and Community Safety Awards
      – Community Group/Organization
      – Individual

Children or Youth Leadership Award

Local Government Award

Corporate Award

Media Award

Volunteer Award




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    Anthony J. Hulme Award of Distinction
           – Lifetime Contribution
            The Anthony J. Hulme Award of Distinction
      honours a crime prevention practitioner, volunteer, or group
     for their extraordinary lifetime contribution and commitment
               to crime prevention and community safety.
       This award was named in honour of Anthony J. Hulme
for his role as a pioneer in crime prevention and community safety in
British Columbia. Anthony was one of the original founders of the
                 B.C. Crime Prevention Association.

                           Terry Skarbo
For over 30 years Terry Skarbo has had a powerful impact in crime
prevention and in the many B.C. communities he served as a RCMP
officer. While known and revered for his friendly and father-like
nature, his commitment and service in crime prevention also includes
strong leadership and an ability to bring people together. Terry is
most known for his enthusiasm, passion and willingness to help in
almost any situation.

While working as a coordinator for crime prevention and victim
services in Nanaimo, Burnaby and in “E” Division, he developed a
special interest in crime prevention. In 1998 he joined the B.C.
Ministry of the Attorney General to coordinate safe community
programs. For the past eight years, Terry has been a provincial
community coordinator with the National Crime Prevention Centre. In



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addition, Terry has volunteered with the B.C. Crime Prevention
Association since 1983 and served as president from 1992 to 1994.

Terry will be retiring early next year and is planning to move to
Fruitville, B.C. where he is building his retirement home. He will be
greatly missed by everyone, but has promised to continue to
contribute his knowledge and expertise to the field. We wish Terry
health, happiness and success in his retirement.




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                 Kenneth M. Lemckert
               Community Policing Award
 The Kenneth M. Lemckert Community Policing Award recognizes
    an individual or community group that has provided exemplary
leadership in the area of community policing. The award was named
  in memory of Kenneth M. Lemckert who played a key role in the
     Vancouver Police Department's community policing program.
 Ken recognized the importance of partnerships and the contributions
       each one of us can make towards solving local problems.

                  Constable Bruce Ballingall
                     New Westminster
Constable Bruce Ballingall is better known by the New Westminster
police and community as "Legend". He has demonstrated his
commitment to community policing through his strong partnerships
with the British Columbia Crime Prevention Association, B.C. Law
Enforcement Diversity Network and the Rock Solid Foundation. As
well, Constable Ballingall is involved with graffiti eradication, Block
Watch, and riding with the volunteer bicyclists. He readily donates
his weekends, evenings and countless hours to the community,
inspiring citizens to learn more about community safety through his
fun and vivacious manner.

Constable Ballingall has donated more than 20 years to community
safety and has shown his dedication every step of the way.




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        Wael T. Audi Youth Policing Award
The Wael T. Audi Youth Policing Award honours police officers who
have demonstrated outstanding commitment to working with youth in
          their communities. The award is in memory of
 Constable Wael T. Audi, a young and enthusiastic member of the
  Squamish RCMP, who recognized the potential in youth and
        encouraged their participation in community safety
                       and crime prevention.

                   Constable Roshan Pinto
                     RCMP “E” Division
Constable Roshan Pinto had been a member of the Squamish RCMP
since his training five and a half years ago and is now in a new post
in Surrey. He was a close personal friend with the late Constable
Wael Audi - the person for which the award was named. Constable
Pinto continued his friend's passion for the youth in this community,
encouraging other constables to get involved.

He developed a set of trading cards representing Squamish RCMP
constables to hand out to local youth. As a result, the youth became
familiar with the area’s officers and felt more at ease with starting up
conversations with them.

He is also revamping the teen mentoring program with Big Brothers
and Sisters of Squamish and will presenting the new plan at the
association's 2006 National Conference in Ontario.

Constable Pinto has made a large and positive impact on the
community of Squamish.

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Crime Prevention & Community Safety Award
      Community Group/Organization
         Alert Bay Community Dinner Committe
                      Alert Bay
Alert Bay is a community of about fifteen hundred people on
Cormorant Island, just off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island.
There are three distinct municipal jurisdictions: Namgis First Nations
Reserve, the Whe-la-la-u Area Council and the Village of Alert Bay.
The "Community Dinners" concept emerged out of a collaborative
effort of the three municipalities and the RCMP to address specific
needs for crime prevention. The dinners are a forum bringing island
residents together with municipal leaders, RCMP and service providers
to discuss issues affecting community safety such as community
patrols, drug and alcohol education and prevention, and suicide
prevention. The meetings have led to the establishment of a youth
community council and a skate park. The dinners have proven to be
proactive and empowering for all involved.




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Crime Prevention & Community Safety Award
      Community Group/Organization

                    Student Safety Project
                         Vancouver
In 2002, the international education community and social service
agencies in Vancouver collaborated to improve the safety awareness of
over 50,000 international students who chose Vancouver as their
study destination. Many are young, speak little English, are away from
home for the first time and are particularly vulnerable as potential
targets of crime. Hundreds of ESL schools and thousands of
businesses provide services to these students and benefit from their
presence. Stakeholder group meetings led to the establishment of a
steering committee that created the International Student Safety
Project (ISSP) in 2004. In their first year, ISSP developed a safety
video, user-friendly written materials, and a website. By May of 2005
they launched the first International Student Safety Fair.




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Crime Prevention & Community Safety Award
               – Individual –

              Angela Sterritt – Justice for Girls
                        Vancouver
Angela Sterritt, of the Gitxsan Nation, has displayed an unwavering
commitment to the empowerment of Aboriginal girls. She is a strong
advocate of Justice For Girls — a non-profit organization that
promotes freedom from violence, social justice and equality for
teenage girls who live in poverty. Her advocacy for the youth at the
Burnaby Youth Custody Centre (BYCC) resulted in the review and
changes to many procedural practices and also led to the creation of
an Alboriginal Elders/Youth Council at the centre.

Angela advocates for a better response by the Criminal Justice System
to address the urgent situation of Indigenous teenage girls in Canada.
She was also invited to speak at the United Nations World Peace
Forum that took place this summer. Angela is recognized for her
leadership and her strong message to the public about valuing the
lives of Indigenous girls.




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        Children or Youth Leadership Award

              Kristen Nash, Jennifer Aitken,
            Riley Burrows and Sarah Clifford
         Keith Lynn Alternate Secondary School
                       North Shore
In November 2005, Kristen Nash, Jennifer Aitken, Riley Burrows, and
Sarah Clifford created, produced, designed an engaging and
educational Crystal Meth magazine to encourage youth to be aware
of the realities of crystal meth use. Having used or been addicted to
crystal meth, their personal knowledge was the driving passion to
educate others on this insidious drug. Three thousand copies of their
magazine were printed, thanks to funding by the Salvation Army, and
distributed to all North Shore high schools, community recreation
centres, and youth clinics. The girls' work didn't stop there as they
also participated in youth forums and gave presentations to grade six
students on crystal meth awareness.




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        Children or Youth Leadership Award

                   Respect Revolutionaries
                          Victoria
In September 2005, 12 young women from Mount Douglas and
Lambrick Park schools participated in a ten-week training program on
the issue of sexual assault and sexualized violence. When the
program ended, the group - representing a wide diversity of
personality, interest and experience - took what they learned and
devoted their lunch and after school hours to develop a presentation -
Respect Revolutionaries - to raise awareness among their fellow
students. To date, they have presented to over 300 of their peers,
encouraging involvement to create a community free of violence. As
a legacy to their commitment, the schools are displaying the artwork
the group of 12 created on the issue of sexualized violence. This
group has exemplified how a diverse group of people can work
together in harmony to bring about positive change in society.




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                Local Government Award

                   Delta Police Department
The Delta Police demonstrated their commitment to working with the
citizens of Delta to maintain a safe and secure community through
programs such as Home Security Checks, Business Watch Program,
Block Watch, Volunteer Bike Patrol, Community Crime Watch, Child
ID Program, Lock Out Auto Crime, Identity Theft, Border and Port
Security, the Truck Safety Initiative, and various youth and senior
programs.

One member of the Delta Police Department, Constable Terry
Sansregret, sought and achieved a way for police to connect with
Delta's youth. Through the inspiration of the book "The 7 Habits of
Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey, the youth program called
"Choices" was developed. Choices teaches and provides leadership
skills to children between the ages of 11 and 13, and encourages
them to make positive choices over the course of their school years
and beyond. This four-month program has the youth presenting their
thoughts and opinions about social issues, values, principles and
current events. A key element of the program is mentoring between
the students, Delta's junior and reserve constables, and the
department's volunteers. A select group of students who have gone
through the program go on to be mentors the next year. The
program has proven to be invaluable by all involved.




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                      Corporate Award

          Cadillac Fairview — Richmond Centre
Richmond Centre has demonstrated a commitment to providing a safe
and secure environment for all of its customers and employees. It is
owned by Cadillac Fairview, one of North America's largest investors,
owners and managers of commercial real estate. The centre
approaches the reduction and prevention of vandalism through a
number of different programs such as its Crime Prevention through
Environmental Design program that carries out risk and vulnerability
audits, maintenance, and the use of technological advancements in
CCF-TV, and lighting. They have adopted a philosophy –
Developmental Asset Building – that involves helping youth become
caring, responsible adults by giving them positive experiences and
interactions. For example, the centre’s merchants have been
encouraged to provide small gifts to children and youth as rewards for
positive behavior. Security officers, while patroling the mall, will
randomly start a conversation with families or teens about their
experience at the mall and can end the conversation by offering one
of the merchant’s gifts to the youth.

In addition, numerous community-based programs have been
supported either through the provision of resources, assistance,
financial support and program contributions towards crime prevention
and community safety strategies. Most specifically, agencies
(including B.C. Crime Prevention Association) have benefited through
partnership support with Richmond Centre.




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                        Media Award

                      A-Channel, Victoria
A-Channel demonstrates an ongoing commitment to public safety in
urban and rural communities across Vancouver Island. Working
closely with local police departments and RCMP detachments, A-
Channel supports a variety of local crime prevention projects, events
and initiatives. Most specifically, in 2005, Victoria Police Constable
Greg Shaw and Block Watch Coordinator Beverly Stewart met with
then owner of Vancouver Island CFAX Radio Mel Cooper and
Associates from A-Channel Television to discuss the promotion of the
Victoria Police Block Watch Program in the City of Victoria and
Municipality of Esquimalt. The enthusiastic meeting culminated in
the agreement to produce two 30-second public service
announcements – one on break and enters and the other on vehicle
theft. In January of 2006 Constable Greg Shaw and Coordinator Bev
Stewart also did a live in-studio segment promoting the Block Watch
Program on A-Channel's morning show.




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                      Volunteer Awards

                  Allen Barnett, White Rock
Allen Barnett has volunteered in White Rock since 1998 contributing
over 3,000 hours of his time to Block Watch, Community Policing,
Home Security, Mature Driving, Special Events, Speed Watch and
Stolen Auto Recovery. He works with new volunteers, imparting
knowledge and skills through 'on the job' training. After their time
with Allen Barnett, the volunteers know traffic control and can be of
service at motor vehicle accidents.

Allen’s list is varied: from keeping community policing vans clean and
maintained, to acting as the official photographer at community
policing events, to patrolling the city on Friday nights as the eyes and
ears to police, checking to see store clerks are safe. Allen plays an
integral part in community policing and his varied contributions play
a large part in the success of crime prevention programs.


                            David Wosk
In 1986, Vancouver Police formed the Citizen's Crime Watch
Program. Today there are approximately 100 adult CCW volunteer
members from all age groups and walks of life. Since the onset of this
program, David Wosk has played an integral role — contributing
hundreds of shifts and participating in every event that CCW has
been involved in. Most notably, his observations have lead to the
recovery of hundreds of stolen vehicles and many arrests. He sets an
example for other volunteers and shares his experience, knowledge
and passion for a safer and better community.


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Closing Remarks
Nominations were reviewed by representatives of the provincial Safe
Communities Working Group, including:

"      B.C. Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police
"      B.C. Crime Prevention Association
"      Block Watch Society of B.C.
"      B.C. Crime Stoppers
"      Children of the Street Society
"      RCMP “E” Division
"      National Crime Prevention Centre
"      Institute for Safe Schools in B.C.
"      Union of B.C. Municipalities
"      B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

The Safe Communities Working Group was established to bring
provincial partners together to work towards the common goal of
keeping the province's communities safe. It is involved in the
development, implementation and monitoring of provincial directions
and plans.

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General is committed to
building successful partnerships with all levels of government,
business, communities and individuals. The ministry would like to
thank everyone who took the time to nominate groups and
individuals for the 2006 Solicitor General Community Safety and
Crime Prevention Awards. By working together, we can ensure that
all British Columbians enjoy safe, healthy communities.




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