Nov. 6, 2008
OROMOCTO (CNB) - Nineteen individuals and organizations were honoured today for serving the greater good of communities throughout the province.
They were honoured at the annual luncheon of the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick (CPANB). Public Safety Minister John W. Foran extended his appreciation to the recipients.
"The Department of Public Safety is pleased to sponsor this annual event to recognize the services of these outstanding individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, police agencies and officers in their crime prevention efforts," Foran said. "We appreciate the CPANB's contributions to community safety, and we will continue our efforts to help all New Brunswickers be safe and secure in their communities."
Fifteen certificates of recognition were presented. In addition, the Constable Leo "Tyler" Francis Memorial Award was presented to Const. Judy Turple of the Bathurst Police Force; the Business Crime Prevention Excellence Award, to Higgins General Insurance Ltd. of Rothesay; and Hall of Fame Awards, to Al Ingraham of Bridges of Canada, and Heather Brown of Grand Manan.
More information on crime prevention is at http://www.gnb.ca/0276/cpw/index-e.asp.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Biographies on the award winners follow. MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, media relations, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.
Crime Prevention Awards Biographies
Mavis Doucette - Fredericton
Mavis Doucette of Fredericton has been a street outreach worker with the Fredericton YMCA, the Community Clinic and the John Howard Society of Fredericton for the last six years. In addition to her outreach work, which is mostly provided on a volunteer basis, she also co-ordinates the city voucher program operated through the John Howard Society. The voucher program matches downtown merchants with panhandlers who are paid for their services through vouchers purchased by the program. The program is not only about providing work placements for those who would rather not panhandle; it's also about building relationships between marginalized people in the downtown and local merchants.
Const. Ian Fahie - Chipman
RCMP Const. Ian Fahie of the Chipman-Minto detachment has been a member of the RCMP since 2002. He first served in Nova Scotia, then moved to New Brunswick. He is involved with many youth-focused groups, including the Minto Community Youth Centre, Minto Mega Force Youth Group, Chipman High, and Minto High Youth Focus forums. He is also the liaison for the Prevent Alcohol Related Trauma in Youth program for Chipman, Minto and Cambridge-Narrows. He attends most high-school dances, and in addition to his regular duties is involved in numerous community projects.
John Howard Society of Fredericton
The mission of the John Howard Society is to promote and support healthy and safe communities by mobilizing partners and engaging families and individuals, while addressing the social conditions that give rise to crime. The society is involved in numerous programs, including the Weekly Work program, which provides employment skills to people who have barriers to employment. Participants also learn appropriate employment practices, and work toward self-sufficiency. The Family Services program provides direct service to family members, youth and adults who may be experiencing any number of difficulties that affect their effectiveness in school, work or in the community. Executive Director Valerie MacCullam will receive the certificate on behalf of the society.
Frank Leonardi - Moncton
Frank Leonardi is being recognized for the OK Kids program, which was initiated in 2005 in the Greater Moncton area. The program helps children 6-16 understand, and allows them to cope, with the trauma of parental incarceration, and to reduce the possibility of intergenerational criminal behaviour. Statistics show that children of the incarcerated are five to six times more likely to become involved in criminal behaviour if there are no programs or activities aimed at helping them. The support group allows children to develop a sense of community while teaching them social skills such as communication, teamwork, providing feedback, expressing empathy, where to get help and how to ask for it, and building healthy trust. A new spinoff program, OK Families, works at establishing and maintaining relationships with the family unit during the incarcerated period, not just when the incarcerated person is released. Both programs are initiatives of the Salvation Army, Leonardi's employer, and he has dedicated much of his own time to into running them. He is also a founding member of Restorative Justice New Brunswick.
Sandra Oxford - Smiths Creek
Sandra Oxford of Smiths Creek is being recognized as a driving force behind the creation and sustainability of the Community Capacities Action Coalition of Kings County. Coalition members include people of various backgrounds, including education, public health, mental health, the faith community, seniors, the RCMP, the Rothesay Regional Police Force, and the John Howard Society, where Oxford is employed. She was instrumental in bringing George Chuvalo to the area for several appearances. Oxford is also a volunteer facilitator at the Empowerment Project, a self-awareness, assertiveness protection program for women. She teaches at the Family Nurturing program for teens and parents to improve communication and to help them work on various issues that may arise in the home. Oxford is also a member of Restorative Justice New Brunswick.
Gail Quigley - Nackawic
Gail Quigley has been a member of the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick since 2000, and secretary of the association since 2004. She has been a member of many sub-committees, and co-chaired a number of annual conferences. She was a member of the organizing committee of the 2002 Atlantic Co-ordinating Committee on Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference, which was held in Fredericton, and she is involved in the Foster Families Association of New Brunswick.
Michael Quigley - Nackawic
Michael Quigley was a founding member of the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick 11 years ago. He has been a member of the board, and in 2002 was elected as treasurer. Quigley has chaired or co-chaired several annual conferences, and assisted twice with Atlantic Co-ordinating Committee on Crime Prevention and Community Safety conferences held in New Brunswick. He is also a member of the association's hall of fame.
Rothesay Regional Police Force
The Rothesay Regional Police Force has long held the philosophy that having a crime-free community takes effort at the front end. With that philosophy in mind, several members of the force decided resurrect the Kennebecasis Valley High School football program. After several meetings, 60 students came forward wanting to be members of the 2008 team. The value of having police officers interacting with impressionable young males in this venue is immeasurable. These youth now see police officers in a completely different light, and relationships have developed between not only the students and police officers, but also with the teaching staff and parents. The crime prevention effects will be felt for years to come as these students are continually encouraged to make wise and healthy choices in their lives. Those officers being recognized are: Const. Shawn Couglan, Const. Matt Marsh, Const. Aaron Haines, Const. Jason Murray, Const. Eugene Belliveau, Aux. Const. Jeff Wilson, Aux Const. Chika Ikejiani, and Deputy Chief Steve Palmer.
Business Crime Prevention Excellence Award
Higgins General Insurance Ltd. - Rothesay
Higgins General Insurance Ltd. is very involved in its community. Its philosophy is that the safer the community, the lower the crime rate, which will benefit its clients through fewer claims and lower insurance rates.
Kendall Higgins, owner, has been a member of Crime Stoppers for the past 10 years, and is also a member of the local Rotary Club.
Robert Keays, who has been with the company since 2002, approached the Rothesay Regional Police Force about being more involved in the community. When Const. Eugene Belliveau identified the need to resurrect the Neighbourhood Watch program, Higgins General Insurance started advertising for volunteers, and the program was restarted. Keays and his team of volunteers are very active in the community. The association holds regular meetings at the Rothesay Regional Police Force station, where they highlight other programs of interest to their members. They have had presentations by M.A.D.D., and lectures on child-luring and a home security. Members of the program entered a team in the Cure for Prostate Cancer competition that was organized by the Saint John Regional Hospital. The team featured four police officers.
The company's community involvement extends beyond crime prevention. It established the Hanson Memorial Golf Tournament, named for RCMP Cpl. Bill Hanson, who was very active in the community. Over the past four years, more than $10,000 has been raised at the event, with the funds going to Canadian Blood Services and the oncology fund for the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation. Kendall Higgins and Robert Keays will receive the award on the company's behalf.
Constable Leo "Tyler" Francis Memorial Award
Const. Judy Turple - Bathurst Police Force
Even before she became a police officer, Const. Judy Turple was involved with the Crime Prevention Committee of Bathurst, under the direction of then-Const. Josh Quellette, her nominator. In the 12 years that she has been a Bathurst police officer she has worked in the patrol section and joint forces drug unit, and is now in the crime prevention office. While working in the patrol section, she visited elementary and middle schools as a member of the Adopt A Cop program. Her involvement in the program has been ongoing for 12 years.
Turple has been a TADD co-ordinator for the past five years, and is also a volunteer member of the board of directors of the Bathurst Youth Centre. Three years ago, she initiated several programs in Bathurst schools. These included:
Turple has also been a cadet officer with the local sea cadet corps for the past three years. In the line of duty she has responded to many calls, and was the first Bathurst police officer on the scene of the tragic motor vehicle accident in January, which involved members of the Bathurst High basketball team. She carried out her duties calmly and thoroughly while investigating the accident scene. Later the same day, she visited the hospital to console loved ones of the injured and deceased. Ouellette said that he has received numerous compliments and comments from parents, teachers and residents complimenting her on the outstanding work she did during that very difficult time.
Hall of Fame Award
Al Ingraham began helping those in need 20 years ago with Cons for Christ, and for the past 13 years has been a full-time chaplain with Bridges of Canada.
Ingraham uses his experiences to reach out to those in need, and because of his past, they are drawn to him and open up to talk about their situations. He can relate to those men because he has been in the same situation.
Ingraham has an open-door policy at the Bridges of Canada Victory Centre. He spends most of his days between halfway houses, shelters, and various community kitchens and prisons in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Each December, he organizes a Christmas social for the inmates at Dorchester Institute, arranging for up to 20 volunteers. This is a major feat, as background checks must be performed on the volunteers before they are permitted into the institute.
Ingraham is the only outsider allowed in the detox centre in Fredericton, as he is the centre's chaplain. He is also the Fredericton community chaplain for the Province of New Brunswick, and works with young offenders through probation services and provincial jails through the Department of Public Safety.
Ingraham leads a weekly Overcomers Meeting, which is a 12-step Christian-based program. The men in the program seek him out for advice after being released from institutions. They talk about things of concern to them, such as how to adjust to life outside prison, or how to deal with a situation or event. He has defused many potentially dangerous situations, and turned them into positive outcomes. In many cases, his friendship has caused people to reconsider actions that could have led to unlawful acts.
Ingraham's life is devoted to helping those involved in the criminal system make their way back to the community as law-abiding citizens.
Heather Brown began teaching at the Grand Manan Community School 20 years ago as the home economics teacher, and her passion to help others led her to her current position as a guidance counsellor. She is also very active in her community. In 1997 she became part of Community Reach, a committee formed to help island residents find solutions to serious drug and alcohol problems that were plaguing the community.
Brown organized the first Awareness Day fair at her school to deal with drugs and alcohol. She implemented the R.E.S.P.E.C.T program with the assistance of Rose Stewart and Karey Ingalls, and implemented the TADD and DARE programs in the school. She joined with the RCMP and retired RCMP Const. Ken Smith to set up a youth forum and a restorative justice group in the school. This was the first of its kind in New Brunswick, and was responsible for much healing in the community. She also implemented the 40 developmental assets program for youth at the school. Using the developmental assets, the School Youth Action team is focusing on building volunteerism and getting involved in the community.
Brown continues to sit as member of the Grand Manan Community Program board. She has also volunteered as a Beaver Scouts leader, and is a member of the local curling rink. She has a passion for scrapbooking, and volunteers her time to teach others in the community. Her nominator, Karey Ingalls, said that, "Heather is one of the backbones of this community. She is gentle, kind and nice to everyone, and her soft-spoken ways are endearing."