Nov. 9, 2009
OROMOCTO (CNB) - Sixteen individuals and organizations were recently honoured for their crime prevention efforts in their communities at the annual luncheon of the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick (CPANB).
"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," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran. "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."
In addition to the certificates of recognition, the following awards were presented:
Three past presidents were also recognized, and a plaque bearing their names will be placed on the organization's wall of fame. The three past presidents are Allen "Allie" McIntyre, J.R. "Robin" MacDonald, and Brent Melanson.
More information on crime prevention is available online.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are biographies on the individuals and organizations presented with awards and certificates of recognition. MEDIA CONTACTS: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267; Linda Patterson, president, Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick, 506-446-5992.
Crime Prevention Awards: Certificates of Recognition, 2009
Const. Tammy Caswell
Const. Tammy Caswell of the Saint John Police Force has been assigned to the Lower West Side since 2005. After returning from maternity leave she drafted Operation Carleton, an operations plan to deal with the criminal activity of the West Side Mafia, while also continuing her day-to-day duties. Because of the work that she and her team did in the area, the West Side Mafia broke up. As well, the street gang's influence on the community has been virtually eliminated, and the attraction for other youth has disappeared. The community has been very supportive of Operation Carleton, and many letters of thanks and phone calls have been received.
Caswell continues to work to address social and criminal issues facing the Lower West Side.
Const. Natasha Couture
Const. Natasha Couture of the Rothesay Regional Police Force has been nominated for her work with the Kennebecasis Valley Block Parent Association. For the past five years she has volunteered her time with both the local program and the provincial association. Locally she keeps volunteers on-task and co-ordinates auxiliary members with the distribution of window signs. She attends many meetings on her own time, and because of her dedication to the association it has seen a marked increase in members, and in turn has received more public support. On the provincial side of the program, she has been very helpful with the translation of documents, and is there with a police perspective if a question arises. She is always available when extra help is needed.
The Devon Watch Group
The Devon Watch Group of Fredericton was formed in 2007, and is a volunteer, not-for-profit group of business leaders, community groups, city officials, and representatives from churches, the police and government. The group meets regularly to discuss relevant issues such as crime prevention, community safety, traffic, and community involvement.
The Devon Watch Group has promoted crime-prevention strategies such as using environmental design in crime prevention to make all facilities safer. It has also established a plan to report criminal or suspicious activities to the police. The group is helping to create a safer community by building relationships, engaging the community, and raising public awareness to help reduce opportunities for crime.
District 8 GRC de la Péninsule Acadienne
This award is being presented to every member, employee and volunteer of the District 8 Acadian Peninsula RCMP detachment.
In the past 14 months there has been a complete shift in policing in the Acadian Peninsula. Meetings took place with members and support staff, and areas of concern were identified. Shortly thereafter, action was taken to remedy the areas of concern. As with other districts, a community program officer was hired to lead crime prevention programs and serve as a bridge builder with the communities.
New units were formed to deal with the identified issues. These units were able to focus more efficiently on the tasks at hand. This innovative approach to policing has allowed the detachment to create a positive, community-oriented environment. The wellness of members and employees has significantly improved. For residents of the Acadian Peninsula, it has resulted in more efficient, proactive policing.
Const. Ian Fahie
Const. Ian Fahie is an integral member of the Chipman/Minto community. He was instrumental in opening a youth centre in Minto, is a member of its board of directors, and volunteers countless hours of personal time to the centre.
Fahie attends many village meetings that relate to youth issues; organizes bicycle rodeos; gives talks in schools on such topics as Halloween safety and Internet safety; is the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor; and assists with TADD (Teens Against Drinking and Driving). He also takes part in youth focus forums at area high schools, and implemented the Top Cop reading program in area elementary schools.
Fahie has made inroads with his crime prevention efforts, and has become the face of the RCMP in his community. Everyone knows who he is, and will often ask for him by name.
Ruth Hamilton of Grand Bay-Westfield has been a member of the Block Parent program for more than 20 years. She has served as treasurer on the New Brunswick Block Parent Association for the past 15 years. It is rare for this program to have a volunteer remain committed this long, because when their children have grown, most volunteers leave the association for new interests.
Hamilton not only oversees the finances, but was also statistician for a number of years, assisted with past telemarketing projects, and recently was a member of the organizing committee when the provincial association hosted the national conference in Fredericton. She does all this while maintaining a full-time job.
In 2006, the Block Parent Program of Canada presented Hamilton with a gold service pin, which was presented to her by then-lt.-gov. Herménégilde Chiasson. This is the highest honour anyone can receive from the Block Parent program. She goes above and beyond her duties as association treasurer.
Staff Sgt. Gary Legresley
Staff Sgt. Gary Legresley of Bathurst was the first organizer of the Bathurst Just Say No to Drugs hockey tournament, where teams of all ages from across the Maritimes competed.
In 1995 he was a founding member of the Bathurst Youth Centre, and he recently completed a tour in Haiti, where the RCMP assisted with training local police officers.
Legresley was the commander of a joint unit of the Bathurst and Edmundston police forces when hundreds were arrested following the seizure of six tons of cocaine off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1992. This remains one of the largest cocaine seizures in Canada. Legresley still serves as unit commander.
Aux. Const. Bill Mattsson
Aux. Const. Bill Mattsson of the Rothesay Regional Police Force has put in thousands of hours volunteering on patrol. He also volunteers for charity events whenever asked. For more than 10 years he has assisted at a variety of events, including the Christmas parade, Halloween patrol, dragon boat races, Block Parent activities, bike rodeos, and Canada Day events.
Mattsson is always available to help, while maintaining a full-time job and raising a family. He is an asset to the Rothesay Regional Police Force and to his community.
Miramichi Police Force Kids 'N' Kops Program
Kids 'N' Kops is a joint initiative of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Miramichi Police Force. Unmatched "littles" between eight and 12 years old are selected to take part in this week-long summer program, which recently expanded to include two children of serving Miramichi Police Force members to give them more insight into their parents' job. The program has run for eight years, and served 112 children.
The goals of the Kids 'N' Kops program are to provide contact with adult role models; promote trust between law enforcement and youth; foster a realistic and positive view of police officers and other emergency service providers in the community; provide opportunities to children on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters waiting list; and establish lasting alliances with youth in the Miramichi community.
NB Southern Railway
Lori Johnston of the NB Southern Railway has partnered with the Rothesay Regional Police Force on crime prevention projects several times this year.
During a bike rodeo she set up a mock railway crossing so that children would know how to treat a real crossing. Johnston has given several presentations to many schools and to the Neighbourhood Watch Association. She discusses the dangers of trespassing on railway property and general train safety. She is enthusiastic about her work, and is always willing to partner with organizations to make a presentation on train safety awareness.
Chief Bill Reid
Chief Bill Reid of the Saint John Police Force is being recognized for his work in establishing the Uptown Methadone Clinic. In February he initiated a series of e-mails that ultimately resulted in the clinic opening in July.
The Uptown Methadone Clinic is designed as a treatment facility for long-term drug users. Part of the clinic's research will show the impact that drug addiction has on crime rates. This research will be the first of its kind.
Genevieve Roberge of the Kennebecasis Valley is a volunteer with the Neighbourhood Watch Program. She has organized several meetings, assisted with creating media releases, set up maps for the block captains, chosen block captains, co-ordinated e-mails, and taken minutes at meetings. She also volunteers for the Jail and Bail fund raiser, bike rodeos, the annual appreciation barbecue, and the Sherlock car theft-proofing system.
The Rothesay Regional Police have said that Roberge creates energy and enthusiasm that inspires other volunteers, and encourages them to give more of themselves to the communities in Kennebecasis Valley.
Carol Stairs of Millville has been a volunteer with the Block Parent Program for about 15 years. She began as a block parent, then sat on the local organizing committee, where she soon became chairperson. She and local committee members attend provincial meetings, and have also hosted several meetings.
Stairs was elected director of the provincial board in 2004, and still holds the position. She has attended several national symposiums, representing New Brunswick.
Stairs volunteers for other community groups, including the women's auxiliary for Legion Branch #59, where she holds the position of sergeant-at-arms. She co-chaired the 50th anniversary committee of Millville Superior High School in 1999, bringing together past students, and more recently has been establishing the Millville Community Family Tree. She has been working on this project for the past three years, and when it is complete, anyone who lives or has family in Millville will be able to research family members or friends online. Stairs strives to make her community a safer place to live and work.
Carlene Stairs of Temperance Vale came to the Block Parent Program in 1998 through her sister-in-law, and together they have made an impact in the community. Until this year, Stairs prepared and served a hot lunch once a week to local elementary school students, which was a fund raiser for the Block Parent Program. She is also involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Christmas tree auction. Every year she asks schoolchildren to make ornaments for the tree, then takes the ornaments and Block Parent brochures to Woodstock, where she decorates the tree.
In 2008, Stairs was elected to the provincial board of the Block Parent Association. In 2009, she was a member of the organizing committee working on the National Block Parent symposium. She obtained delegates' bags, shopped, prepared food, made table decorations, drove people to various events, decorated the banquet room, and kept everyone focused on the tasks at hand.
Her volunteerism is making a difference in her community.
University of New Brunswick faculty of nursing
The University of New Brunswick faculty of nursing students have provided awareness and education on topics such as racism, drug awareness/abuse, bullying, and being a good neighbour. The students host weekly clinics to deal with and promote information on a variety of subjects.
The faculty and students have worked in collaboration with community partners to design many sustainable programs that have resulted in young children having greater self-worth, youth at-risk making wiser choices with respect to risky behaviour, and providing seniors with knowledge on how to protect themselves from identity theft.
Many organizations have benefited from the work of the University of New Brunswick nursing students' placements.
Sgt. Craig Yorke
Sgt. Craig Yorke is a visible member of the RCMP in Elsipogtog. He has worked with the community to develop a crime reduction strategy, in which he has taken a lead role. He is committed to combatting drug trafficking, and is a member of the Community Consultative Group, the Wellness Committee, and the Justice Advisory Committee.
Yorke actively engages in community activities and events in Elsipogtog. For the past two years he has attended the local daycare and Elsipogtog Headstart Centre as Santa Claus, handing out presents to children. He also assists/teaches with the local sea cadet corps, where he teaches drill, dress and deportment, and leather crafts. It has been said that he is one of the main reasons the corps continues at Elsipogtog.
Business Excellence Award
The Knights of Columbus Rothesay Chapter #6766
The Knights of Columbus Rothesay Chapter #6766 has been heading community projects in the towns of Quispamsis and Rothesay for many years.
In 2008, Knight Norm Leblanc visited all middle and elementary schools with members of the Rothesay Regional Police to promote a poster contest focusing on drug and alcohol awareness. This project brought a great deal of attention to drug awareness.
When two Kennebecasis Valley football players could not afford to purchase team jackets, the chapter raised the money to see that the two players had jackets like everyone else on the team. The chapter supports the Rothesay Regional Police Force in the many projects it undertakes, and members volunteer many hours to the Kennebecasis Valley Food Bank.
Knights reach out to anyone or any group who needs help, whether it is monetary or physical labour. The chapter also participates in the yearly Santa Claus parade promoting the true meaning of Christmas.
The Knights participate in crime prevention programs, and have a continuing involvement and concern for the youth of the Rothesay region.
Crime Prevention Hall of Fame Award
Centre de Bénévolat de la Péninsule Acadienne
Centre de Bénévolat de la Péninsule Acadienne (CBPA) is a key supporter of District 8 RCMP. It is a non-profit organization that helps instil the values of public safety. Its executive director, Leo-Paul Pinet, is well known in the province as a leader in the field of crime prevention.
CBPA has introduced several programs to the Acadian Peninsula, including the Drug Free Zone, which helps youth live in a drug-free environment. The program brought together people in the community, government, schools, and businesses to make the area safer for youth.
CBPA is also responsible for the Survivors of Sexual Assault program, which offers aid to the RCMP and victims during and after major sexual assault cases. The Youth Inclusion Program is a social inclusion program for youth aged 13-16 that the CBPA is in the process of developing for the community. CBPA also offers counselling services and services for victims of domestic and family violence, while offenders receive help to lower recidivism.
The organization also helps the RCMP circulate to the community important information concerning services for the elderly.
The CBPA was the first choice of the New Brunswick Crime Prevention Association when it needed a francophone organization to host one of its recent information sessions.
Insp. Roch Fortin of District 8 RCMP said that CBPA is a guarantee that the community will receive quality programs to assist them in their day-to-day lives, and that the organization provides important help for the community.
Const. Leo "Tyler" Francis Memorial Award
Const. Todd Chadwick
Const. Todd Chadwick of the Miramichi Police Force is this year's recipient of the Const. Leo "Tyler" Francis Award. Chadwick has been a Miramichi police officer since 1995, and a community police officer for the past 10 years. When he joined the community police, he continued many projects that had been established, but also realized that there was more he wanted to introduce to the police community and the City of Miramichi.
Chadwick was responsible for developing the defibrillator program in Miramichi. He saw the advantages of deploying the machines with members, since they are most often the first to arrive at on the scene of an accident or in response to a trouble call. This was the first program of its kind in Canada, and has now been adopted by several other communities in the Maritimes.
Many of the projects that Chadwick has implemented or assisted with are youth-based, including drug awareness lectures, developmental assets, mentoring students, and presentations on cyber safety.
Chadwick was a driving force behind bringing the AMBER Alert System to New Brunswick. He undertook a great deal of research, and in partnership with the RCMP, a provincial group was formed that saw the entire province implement the system.
Chadwick was recognized in 2007 by Canadian Living Magazine as national recipient of the Me to We Award in the Building Relationships by Reaching Out category. He also coaches hockey, assists with church committees, helps families in need, and co-ordinates efforts to help local groups.
Chadwick has been a member of the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick for the past eight years, and is always available when asked to assist with a project.
Past Presidents Presentations
Allen "Allie" McIntyre
Allen "Allie" McIntyre attended crime prevention meetings in Prince Edward Island, heard of the work of other provincial crime prevention associations, and brought the idea back to New Brunswick. After discussions with the provincial government, a meeting was held in Fredericton, where the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick was founded. He was elected its first president in 1994, and held the position for two years. In 2003 he returned and served as president until 2008. McIntyre continues to be an active member of the executive.
J.R. "Robin" MacDonald
Robin MacDonald of Sackville was a member of the founding committee of the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick. In 1996 he was elected president, a position he held until 2000. MacDonald is a past recipient of the Const. Leo "Tyler" Francis Memorial Award.
Brent Melanson was also a founding member of the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick. He wrote the first set of bylaws, which, with only minor changes, currently governs the association. Melanson was president from 2000-2003, and he practises law in Fredericton.