Happy New Year on behalf of the BCCPA Board of Directors and Staff.
It is an honour to be representing the BC Crime Prevention Association in my role as the President. BCCPA celebrated its 40th year in 2018 and we start 2019 with renewed energy promoting crime prevention and safety initiatives throughout our wonderful Province. We are excited to hear and share your successes.
I would like to recognize the following members of our Board of Directors: Superintendent Marcie Flamand for her past leadership as President and her continued support now serving as Past President; Wendy Hawthorne for her continued service as our Vice President in a civilian role having recently retired from Transit Police after over 30 years of service; Sergeant Rob Smith for continued support and leadership representing BCCPA on Vancouver Island; Superintendent Rod Tulett serving as a Director sharing his diverse background.
I would like to pay special thanks to Superintendent Shawna Baher, now serving as the RMCP detachment commander of Vernon North Okanagan. Due to the demands of this new role, Shawna is unable to maintain her role on the board, but remains a strong advocate for the BCCPA.
Last fall, BCCPA lost long-time crime prevention supporter and BCCPA Director, George Kjenner, who passed away suddenly in October. George joined the BCCPA Board of Directors and 2004 with enthusiasm and eagerness to assist staff in achieving the Association’s goals. With a smile on his face, George would often be seen at BCCPA’s Annual Symposiums directing delegates to their workshop sessions. George was also actively involved in community safety initiatives in his home community of Campbell River. His smile and passion was an inspiration to many. (photo credit: Comox Valley Record)
We thank our Executive Director Carolyn Sinclair, Program Manager Celine Lee and Program Assistant Lynn Krag who all diligently work hard at the front end. They are the strength of the association.
As we move forward in 2019 and beyond, we are looking for new leaders, both sworn and civilian, to serve on our Board. If you or someone you know might be interested please feel free to let us know. It would be ideal to have a diverse board representing our entire Province. What’s in store for 2019? You will have to stay tuned for exciting training and interesting topics.
S/Sgt. Kevin Bernardin