Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association was established in 1989 as the Alberta Community Police Advisory Committee by provincial Police Services as a means to discuss mutual crime related issues within communities/police/government. In 1990 it became the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association (ACCPA).
ACCPA's goal is to ensure safety to Albertans and their communities through education and crime prevention awareness which is done through:
- Being the " hub" of crime prevention initiatives for the province
- Coordinating an Annual Crime Prevention conference through key note speakers and workshops.
- Promote Crime Prevention week.
- Coordinate Fraud Prevention Month.
- Coordinating a Regional Volunteer program.
Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association promotes the training, education and dissemination of crime prevention related information throughout the Province of Alberta.
Our Board of Directors
Jean has been on the ACCPA board since 2015, and is the current chair.
Jean has always been very involved in her community, regardless of where she and her family have lived, thus the reason for entering municipal politics in the fall of 2013. In addition to representing her constituents’ she also sits on numerous committees and boards. She feels her rural roots and current role in municipal government are beneficial when it comes to understanding the different issues and concerns many rural communities experience, relating to crime prevention and crime. She campaigned on “safe communities and awareness through collaboration with law enforcement, community groups and citizens. Ensuring communities felt empowered and understand what resources were available to them”.
JEAN LOVES THE CHALLENGE OF WORKING WITH PEOPLE AND ASSISTING WITH SOLUTIONS.
Prior to being elected Jean enjoyed a thirty three year career in the banking industry with her last position being a Senior Account Manager. With the death of her husband in 2001; she and her young sons found themselves in a very different world. She retired in 2005 and attended her first university class in the fall of 2006. What began as a history Major made a detour into social sciences; setting her on a life changing path. In 2012, she proudly walked across the University of Calgary stage at her convocation accepting a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Psychology.
Following graduation, she began facilitating death cafes in Red Deer city and area. In addition to her death cafes she also loves to write and has her own blog www.babyboomer28.com .
Jean was recently been asked to write two articles for a book "Journey's End” which contains articles about death, dying, and end-of-life issues in the content of real-life circumstances. The book is to be viewed from multiple perspectives: personal, professional, and societal as its authors, Julie Nierenberg and Vikki Brewster believe these perspectives provide valuable insights. The book is to be released early 2017.
Mark has been an ACCPA board member since 2013, and currently serves as the Vice President. In his vocation, Mark is the Chair of the Corporate Security Implementation Committee of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), and Security Advisor for the Wood Buffalo Recovery Task Force, where he is responsible for developing and managing security governance, awareness and training, policy and procedures, and security assessments and reviews.
During his eight years with RMWB, Mark has served in a number of management roles, in Municipal Law Enforcement and RCMP Support Services, Community Services, Strategic Planning and the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. During service as and Municipality’s Crime Prevention Community Liaison he introduced a number of community safety initiatives, including RMWB’s Crime Prevention and Community Safety Grant program, and the region’s first Crime Free Multi-Housing certification.
Prior to joining RMWB, Mark served 20 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a number of uniformed and plainclothes positions. Mark holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours, Urban & Regional Planning), from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, and professional designations in security management, and critical infrastructure protection
IN ADDITION TO HIS SERVICE WITH ACCPA, MARK IS PASSIONATE ABOUT MENTORING YOUTH AND DEVELOPING YOUNG LEADERS.
In his spare time, Mark serves as a Civilian Instructor with 2803 Fort McMurray, Royal Canadian Army Cadets. He is also a past committee member of Wood Buffalo’s Homelessness Initiatives Strategic Committee, and a past board member of Branch #165, Royal Canadian Legion.
Mark is married to his lovely wife, Suzie, has three wonderful children – Julia, Matthew and Brendan, and one very high maintenance Shih Tzu, Penny.
DR. PATRICIA PITSEL
Dr. Pitsel is serving her second term as a Board member for ACCPA. She also served two terms on the Calgary Police Commission as well as conducting numerous training programs for various Police Services across the Province.
PAT IS AN EXECUTIVE COACH, A BLOGGER, AND AUTHOR.
Pat is the author of "You Never Know What You Don’t Know, The Unwritten Rules of Business from A to Z."
Sara Jiménez has more than fifteen years of experience in professional accounting. With an extensive background in accounting, assurance, forensic evaluation, and litigation support services, Sara is able to meet various accounting challenges. Her investigative experience includes forensic investigations in connection with bank theft and investigating banking and investment transactions in cases of fraud, including mortgage fraud, and on behalf of creditors in insolvency and restructuring cases. Sara also performs damages quantification with regards to breach of contracts and has worked on mandates in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, professional services, construction and engineering.
SARA HAS WORKED EXTENSIVELY WITH CPA CANADA AND CPA ALBERTA, DEVELOPING, FACILITATING AND WORKING WITH PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING STUDENTS.
Sara is a CPA, CA, a Certified Fraud Examiner, is Certified in Financial Forensics and has a Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation degree from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of the Fraser Valley. Sara is also an Advanced Toastmaster - Bronze.
Jennie is an associate at Bennett Jones LLP and has a commercial litigation practice. She is a member of the Firm's Employment Services Practice Group and Restructuring and Insolvency Group.
PRIOR TO JOINING BENNETT JONES LLP, JENNIE WORKED AS LITIGATION COUNSEL FOR THE ONTARIO SECURITIES COMMISSION, WHERE SHE ALSO SUMMERED AND ARTICLED.
Jennie obtained her Juris Doctor from Queen's University, and her Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Applied Ethics, from the University of Victoria. Outside of her practice, Jennie is a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary, Satellite Group.
Lindsay Daniller has been involved in a variety of community building work in her original home of South Africa and adopted home of Edmonton. In addition to being a seasoned consultant and facilitator with public, private and community organizations, she has been in a variety of leadership positions in organizations in both countries.
This includes a position of Senior Manager of the Tourism Enterprise Partnership in South Africa, where she played a central role whose mandate is to create business, development and transformational opportunities for international tourism, the legacy project for 2010 World Cup™ and opportunities for those who were previously marginalized under apartheid. In Canada, she was Vice President (Communication), Economic Development Edmonton, where working with the business community she helped develop stronger networks and opportunities for Edmonton nationally and internationally.
OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS AND AS A MEMBER OF THE REACH EDMONTON LEADERSHIP TEAM, LINDSAY IS THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AND STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT.
REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities aims to catalyze and support community action to make Edmonton a safer city. REACH brings together diverse people and organizations to create the conditions for communication and successful collaboration.
In 2014 Lindsay became a Thought Leader with the Tamarack Institute and feels privileged to have been invited to share her insights on community engagement and development at Tamarack and FSG conferences and workshops. In addition, she was recently invited to join the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association Board of Directors.
Working with community, partners and police on new approaches to the complex challenges of prevention and community safety is key to the success of initiatives such as 24/7, REACH Immigrant and Refugee Initiative, REACH Aboriginal and Leadership initiative, WrapED (empowering youth to say no to gangs) and out of school time partnerships. Collective impact and community development are passions for Lindsay, as collectively they tackle complex social issues and she knows that you need true resilience to be that backbone in the community.
STAFF SERGEANT CRAIG O’NEILL
Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Staff Sergeant Craig O’Neill has been with the RCMP for 27 years. His service with the RCMP has exposed him to a variety of assignments at various postings in British Columbia and Alberta from frontline General Duty Constable, Corporal Watch Commander, and Detachment Commander at two Detachments. Staff Sergeant O’Neill also oversaw the Informatics Operational Support Section in Alberta and most recently, worked as a Reviewer in the Office of the Commanding Officer. Currently, he is the unit commander of ‘K’ Division Community Policing located in Edmonton, Alberta
THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, STAFF SERGEANT O’NEILL HAS BEEN A SUPPORTER OF MANY CRIME PREVENTION / CRIME REDUCTION PROGRAMS, AND HAS WORKED WITH INTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS IN THE RCMP, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY GROUPS, LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS TO PROMOTE PUBLIC SAFETY.
His current duties provides him opportunities to work with such groups as Crime Stoppers, Rural Crime Watch, Citizens on Patrol, Auxiliary Policing, Restorative Justice, Victim Services and Albert Justice and Solicitor General. He has a strong team of dedicated individuals working with him to build strong ties with these groups.
Christy is the founder and Executive Director of the grassroots community arts organization “Arts on the Ave”—a charity that is focused on the revitalization of Alberta Avenue. Under her leadership the organization has grown to produce two signature festivals, Kaleido Family Arts Festival and Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival, that continue to have a significant impact in the Edmonton Region.
Christy serves on the board of directors for a number of organizations including the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association, Northlands, and the Alberta Avenue Business Association. She also sits on the City of
Edmonton Canada 150 Celebrations and Events Subcommittee, the Edmonton Festival Consortium, and the Edmonton WinterCity Advisory Council.
As a community leader she was named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Harry Hole Community Policing award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
CHRISTY WAS NAMED A GLOBAL WOMAN OF VISION, AND WAS ONE OF EDMONTON'S TOP 40 UNDER 40 AND ONE OF THE TOP 100 EDMONTON WOMEN IN BUSINESS.
Recent speaking engagements include the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association Conference (Calgary, 2016), Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement (Edmonton, 2016), Capital Region Summit (Edmonton, 2015), Keynote Speaker, Make Something
Tina has been on the Board since 2015, and has a Law Enforcement Degree from Grant McEwan University. She has worked as the Town of Whitecourt’s Crime Prevention Coordinator for the past 8 years. She is also the Program Manager for the Eagle Tower Victim Service Unit providing support to the communities of Whitecourt & Fox Creek.
Tina has chaired many different committees and community groups locally. She is on the local committee for SAFE Plans ("Lockdown & Hold & Secure” procedures) for the community’s schools. Tina implemented the Crime Stopper Youth program to the first rural school and continued to put the program in action in other local schools.
TINA HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN MANY COMMUNITY PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGNS THAT WERE LAUNCHED FOR MANY DIFFERENT COMMUNITY TOPICS, SUCH AS THE FAMILY COMPUTER CONTRACT, POSITIVE TICKETING, SCAM SAVVY, AND SMALL ACTS MATTER.
Tina has been the Chair of the local Drug Coalition that was part of an evaluation initiated by provincial partners including the RCMP, the Northern Alberta Development Council, and Alberta Health Services. These provincial partners initiated training in rural communities of Alberta on positive Youth Development and asset building. This was a social development/prevention strategy to empower local people in rural communities to take on leadership role in positive youth development.
She has also organized many events such as the Fallen 4 Marathon, PARTY Program, and Annual Golf Tournaments. Tina brings the experience that is unique to smaller rural communities and the importance of collaboration, sharing best practices and implementation of programming in smaller centers.
STAFF SERGEANT KRISTIE VERHEUL
Staff Sergeant Kristie Verheul has been with the Calgary Police Service for twenty years. Her career has offered her a very diverse experience from the Front Line in an operational capacity as a Constable, Community Liaison Officer and Operational Sergeant to investigative areas such as Stolen Property unit, Criminal Intelligence and undercover operations.
KRISTIE HAS WORKED WITH STAKEHOLDERS INTERNAL TO THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE, COMMUNITY POLICE SERVICE, COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND POLICE AGENCIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA ON PROJECTS.
She has experience developing the Eastern European Criminal Intelligence portfolio, developing and implementing a Service Crime Management Strategy and working on a Provincial records management project. Kristie was also the Operations Lead on the Intelligence-Led Policing Project; transforming business around the Service and the implementation of Palantir. Kristie’s recently left a posting is as a Staff Sergeant with the Calgary Police Economic Crimes Unit where she led Financial Crime Detectives and Constables as well as the Auto Theft Team and has moved into a Business Transformation Project as the Project Manager within the Bureau of Operations.
Dianne was recently hired by ACCPA to act as Administrator for the association. Dianne retired from public service in 2011 after 21 years in municipal government followed by 9 years in provincial government. She is currently the President of Haley-Comben Services Inc.
DIANNE HAS VOLUNTEERED FOR CLOSE TO THIRTY YEARS WITH URBAN AND REGIONAL INFORMATION ASSOCIATION, SERVING ON ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN MANY CAPACITIES, AND PARTICIPATING IN MANY OF ITS COMMITTEES.
She is also part of the organizing and planning committee for the GeoAlberta conference – an annual conference focusing on geospatial technologies, their implementation and use in Alberta. She currently serves as the Treasurer and Registrar for that conference.