Albertans Making Communities Safer Together
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.
Bringing agencies and citizens together to build safer communities and promote wellbeing for all.
Jean has been on the ACCPA Board since 2015, and became Board chair in 2016.
Jean has always been very involved in her community, regardless of where she and her family have lived. She feels her rural roots and her involvement with the many Crime Prevention and advisory groups have been an asset to Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association. The many representative's on their board has also been beneficial when it comes to understanding the different issues and concerns many communities throughout the province experience.
Prior to being board chair Jean enjoyed a thirty three year career in the banking industry retiring in 2005. Following her retirement she began her first university class in the fall of 2006 and 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.
Due to her community involvement, she was successful at being elected to municipal politics in 2013, re-elected in 2017 and succumb to defeat in 2021 by 2 votes. Regardless her desire to assist and empower communities throughout this province prevails.
JEAN LOVES THE CHALLENGE OF WORKING WITH PEOPLE AND ASSISTING WITH SOLUTIONS.
Ensuring rural communities are not left out, Jean has promoted and advocated for Rural communities ensuring they receive the resources/ supports they require through education and awareness. In 2020 she and her executive planned a Visioning session which saw the narrative for Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association slightly modified to embrace Community Safety and Wellbeing, as well as Crime Prevention. From this Visioning session came four objectives, one of which was the implementation of Community Safety Plan Frameworks in communities, and a revised membership model. In conjunction with the Membership Model it is the intentions of ACCPA to interview and prepare live broadcasts on various social issues each month. In turn, these broadcasts would be viewed by ACCPA membership and others for awareness and education in their communities.
Jean believes everything begins in the community. Empowered and educated communities ensure a deeper understanding of community issues through connection. Empowered communities also have an advantage when it comes to dealing with or adverting situations which may lead to a life of crime for many in their communities.
Vice President, ACCPA
Corinna and her husband moved to the area in 1993 from England where they have raised their two children Matthew and Jasmine and built up their Apiary Business. Corinna recently retired from her 25-year profession as a Registered Massage Therapist. She has served on many boards and committees and always volunteered for activities through her children’s schools and sports programs.
CORINNA IS CHAIR OF NORTHERN SUNRISE RURAL CRIME WATCH ASSOCIATION AND A PAST VOLUNTEER FOR THE ST ISIDORE/THREE CREEKS FIRE DEPARTMENT WHERE SHE HAS COMPLETED HER NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION AND THE FIRE MEDICAL RESPONDER TRAINING.
Corinna was honoured to be elected for the Three Creeks\Wesley Creek Ward and is Deputy Reeve for the Northern Sunrise County.
Holly joined the ACCPA board in July 2018 and is currently our Board Secretary. Holly has been involved in the Criminal Justice field for over 12 years now. After graduating in 2008 from Saint Mary’s University with degrees in Criminology and Sociology she knew she wanted a career in corrections but one that would focus on helping others. In addition to her employment, Holly was a volunteer Youth Restorative Justice Facilitator for 6 years before deciding to relocate from Halifax, Nova Scotia to sunny Calgary.
HOLLY HAS BEEN WITH THE ALBERTA SEVENTH STEP SOCIETY SINCE 2014 HELPING OFFENDERS AND EX-OFFENDERS TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN THEIR FREEDOM, AND CURRENTLY OVERSEES THE AGENCY AS THEIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. HOLLY BELIEVES THAT SEVENTH STEP'S MANDATE CLOSELY ALIGNS WITH ACCPA'S VIEWS TO FOCUS IN POSITIVE REINTEGRATION AND COMMUNITY SAFETY. HOLLY IS PASSIONATE AND MOTIVATED TO USE HER VOICE AND LEARNED KNOWLEDGE TO ASSIST THOSE IN NEED.
Holly has a wealth of knowledge in the Not-For-Profit world, holding a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Mount Royal University and sitting on multiple volunteer boards including a National Board for the Seventh Step Society of Canada. When Holly isn’t busy with work or volunteering she loves dirt biking and spending time with her two Great Danes.
Samuel is a qualified professional accountant with CPA designation. A financial analyst with more than 10 years' experience working in different finance units (process improvement project, supply chain finance and financial planning and accounting) of a multinational Fast-Moving Consumer Group. He has a diversified background in IT with bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a certification in Enterprise Resource Planning Financial and Controlling module.
SAMUEL HAS BEEN INVOLVED AS A VOLUNTEER IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS FOR VARIOUS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (OLD STUDENT ASSOCIATION, RESIDENTIAL ASSOCIATION AND COOPERATIVE SOCIETY) IN HIS ORIGINAL HOME OF NIGERIA.
These organizations delivered a number of noteworthy projects (school building renovation, community conflict resolution etc) that impacted positively on the life of people in the environment.
Seeking to share her passion, Bettylyn received a Bachelor of Education and worked for many years as an Educator in many capacities including her own business (Learning Links). Bettylyn volunteered for countless organizations and causes over the years. Bettylyn continues to diversify her knowledge by continuing education in various areas of life including leadership, personal development, and community safety. She has enjoyed the pleasure of belonging to diverse boards including: Advisory Member Rural Crime Capacity Project, Chairperson with the Red Deer Safety Advisory Ad-hoc Committee, Red Deer Native Friendship Society, and Chairperson both locally and provincially for Catholic Social Services.
BETTYLYN BELIEVES THAT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IS TO HAVE TOUCHED MANY LIVES IN A POSITIVE WAY.
Bettylyn has three grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is blessed to have a strong faith and the support of her family, friends and peers. Bettylyn continues to inspire a love for learning in her children along with those she comes in contact with and has always encouraged the value of thinking outside the box. She exhibits an entrepreneurial and creative spirit that shines through the food she serves with love as a business and to family and friends.
Gary Cromwell is the Councilor for Athabasca County Division 6 (Wandering River) where he also serves as the Community Fire Chief.
Gary has been a proud supporter of the RCMP and believes strongly in keeping the RCMP in Alberta. As a member of Emergency Services, Gary frequently works with members of Law Enforcement and EMS . Bring a 20+ year veteran of the Fire Service has allowed Gary to be well versed in Alberta.
GARY JOINED THE ACCPA BOARD IN NOVEMBER OF 2021. GARY BRINGS A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE ON RURAL AND REMOTE AREAS PERTAINING TO THE SPECIAL NEEDS AND POLICING THAT IMPACTS THE RURAL COMMUNITIES.
Gary is a proud father of 3 boys loves the outdoors. He is working on his master scuba diving certification.
Raised in Peace River, community is always something Orren Ford has placed first. As a second-term Town Councillor, Ford has helped to guide municipal decision-making over the last five years. Through that role he has taken on leadership in public and community safety.
As a councillor he has worked as a member of the Community Safety Advisory Committee, and the RCMP Advisory Committee. While on those committees he has helped to spearhead several initiatives such as, the Safe Summer Strategies, an advertising campaign that encourages youth to make safe choices throughout the summer, as well as, an annual positive ticket campaign that rewards those doing good in the community.
ORREN HAS ALSO BEEN A BIG PROPONENT OF CRIME PREVENTION THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (CPTED) HELPING TO ENSURE COUNCIL AND THE MUNICIPALITY CONSIDER CPTED CONCEPTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
In addition to his role on Council Ford has been an active community member. He has been an active member of the fire department for 23 years. He is also been involved in youth sports for more than 18 years as a coach, mentor and referee.
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.
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.
François (Frank) is a police officer with the Red Deer City RCMP's Community Policing Unit..
AS A CRIME PREVENTION SPECIALIST, HE ANALYZES TRENDS IN YOUTH CRIME AND DEVELOPS STRATEGIES THAT PREVENT YOUNG OFFENDERS FROM BECOMING CAREER CRIMINALS. HE ALSO SERVES AS A PUBLIC RELATIONS LIAISON AND ADVISES BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS ON HOW TO PHYSICALLY SECURE THEIR OPERATIONS.
Prior to joining the RCMP, Frank worked for several government departments and agencies in the nation’s capital, including Statistics Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and Global Affairs Canada.
Since 2019, François has taught post-secondary courses for the Justice Studies program at Red Deer College. He holds a Masters’ degree in Political Science with a specialization in public opinion and public policy. On his spare time, François likes to travel the world and enjoys skiing and hiking in the Rocky Mountains with is his wife Julia and his son Galen.
Julie Nanson-Ashton is the Executive Director at the Central Alberta FASD Society. Julie is responsible for overseeing the administration, operations, programming, and strategic planning of the organization. Julie has worked in the fields of addiction, mental health, and disability for the past 28 years as a certified counsellor, educator, and senior manager. She has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Etana, Manitoba Health – Leading Change Program, collaborating with senior level regional health and government leaders, to inform evidence-based changes
to the Manitoba Healthcare system.
JULIE HAS LED TEAMS OF UP TO FOUR HUNDRED EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF ORGANIZATION AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, ACHIEVED THROUGH EVIDENCE-BASED RESEARCH PRACTICES AND EVALUATION TECHNIQUES, RESULTING IN HIGH QUALITY CLIENT CARE.
Julie is a trained Restorative Practices facilitator through the International Institute of Restorative Practices. She possesses a Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices and is a candidate for the Master of Science in Restorative Practices.
Nick is a serving Police Officer with 25 years combined policing experience, in the UK and Canada. He has worked both city and rural areas with the focus on community policing. Nick has a B.Ed. in adult education, and in the UK was involved with the training and development of Police Officers. As a qualified National Police Trainer, he helped in the development of curriculum and training materials for Community Officers and developed his own police services training program for Police Community Support Officers. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
HERE IN CANADA. NICK SERVES WITH CALGARY POLICE AND HAS FOCUSED MOST OF HIS CAREER ON COMMUNITY POLICING WORKING IN VARIOUS AREAS OF THE CITY, MOST RECENTLY WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE OFFICERS IN THEIR WORK TO BUILD SAFER COMMUNITTIES.
Nick is currently the Sergeant for the Crime Prevention Team, with their focus of CPTED, community education on crime prevention, and the Joint Graffiti Investigation Team (JGIT).
Becky is new to the ACCPA Board as of 2019 but she has been a supporter of ACCPA for many years, including as a presenter at the ACCPA Conference in 2006.
She has been active in preventing crime for over 30 years and has attended numerous crime prevention conferences across Canada during that time. She is currently the Head of the Justice Studies Program at Red Deer College where she is responsible for overseeing the newly developed program, as well as teaching Justice Studies and Sociology courses.
Becky has a Diploma in Police Science from Mount Royal College, a BA in Criminology from Simon Fraser University and an MA in Criminology from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She retired from the RCMP after 22 years of service and went on to work with Federal Offenders at Horizon House, with the John Howard Society in Red Deer. She also spent time working as a dispatcher, health and safety consultant, and line locator in the oilfield. She has a professional designation as an International Crime Prevention Specialist, and received an RCMP District Commander Certificate of Appreciation, for a crime prevention program she designed called S.A.F.E. Schools-Safe Communities. She and her AHS partner Jillian Risto won an award from the Alberta Centre for Injury Control, for developing the Helmet Option Program, a crime prevention program, which rewarded youths for wearing their helmets, when the new mandatory bicycle helmet laws came into effect.
BECKY BELIEVES STONGLY IN "COMMUNITY" AS BEING THE FIRST DEFENCE AGAINST CRIME, AND AS PAST PRESIDENT AND CURRENT VICE PRESIDENT OF THE RED DEER/LACOMBE RURAL COMMUNITY CRIME WATCH, SHE REGULARLY GIVES CRIME PREVENTION INFORMATION SESSIONS IN THE COMMUNITIES SURROUNDING RED DEER. SHE HAS GIVEN SIMILAR PRESENTATIONS IN SURROUNDING COUNTIES AT THE REQUEST OF THE RCMP AS WELL AS OTHER RURAL CRIME WATCHES.
In her spare time, Becky is the coach of the Rodeo Team at Red Deer College and attends Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Rodeos during the College Rodeo season. She and her son like to travel and spend time in the mountains with their 2 dogs.
Dianne was hired by ACCPA in November 2016 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 also has experience with organizing and hosting conferences and building systems to support conference registration.