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. We do this by:
Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association promotes the training, education and dissemination of crime prevention related information throughout the Province of Alberta.
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.
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.
Chantel Decker is a Business Development Representative at EQUS, a role in which she has had the privilege of working in 26 rural Alberta counties and MDs. Building resilience and sustainability in rural communities is important to EQUS co-op members and what matters to them, matters to EQUS. Crime is always a concern for those who live and work in rural communities where neighbors can be far away and resources are less accessible.
Chantel began her career in hospitality management, before moving into business management where she has worked and built relationships for the past decade. She has extensive experience in managing a large geographical territory with direct channels to industrial, commercial, contractors, government and engineers.
CHANTEL IS EXPERIENCED IN RESEARCHING MARKETS TO DETERMINE GROWTH, DEVELOPING SHORT-TERM AND LONG-RANGE GROWTH STRATEGIES, ANALYZING PAST PERFORMANCE AND FORECASTING FUTURE GROWTH, AS WELL AS IDENTIFYING AND RESOLVING POTENTIAL AREAS OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND SOLUTION DEVELOPMENT IMPLEMENTATION.
Preventing crime is everyone’s responsibility and Chantel is confident that when we commit to working together we can succeed. Through enforcement, education and community engagement we can build more resilient communities where residents can access programs and resources that prevent crime.
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 is a police officer with the Red Deer City RCMP’s Community Policing Unit..
AS A YOUTH INTERVENTION OFFICER, HE IS PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR DIVERTING YOUNG PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. HE ALSO SERVES AS A PUBLIC RELATIONS LIAISON AND ADVISES BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS ON HOW TO SECURE THEIR OPERATIONS.
Prior to joining the RCMP, François worked for several government departments and agencies, including the Calgary Correctional Centre, 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.
Dwayne is a Councillor with Athabasca County. He strongly believes in working with youth, and while stationed in Fort Saskatchewan (2009), he held a sausage making day with the youths at the outreach school.
JAIL IS NOT THE ANSWER FOR MOST CRIMINALS; WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THE “ROOT CAUSE’, THE ADDICTIONS, WHATEVER THEY MAY BE. DWAYNE BELIEVES WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES THROUGH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND FOR SOME CASES, SECURE TREATMENT TO DEAL WITH THE ADDICTIONS, TEACH THEM NEW SKILLS, AND FIND OUT WHY THE ADDICTIONS.
Dwayne is a strong supporter of Criminal Justice committees and was in the process of setting one up when COVID stopped the initiative. He also held Rural Crime Meetings in 2017-2019. A condition of the meetings was partnership with the province, local RCMP and Defence and Crown lawyers. these were important meetings as the rural people were concerned and needed more information.
Lorin is from the rural specialized municipality of Lac La Biche County, where there is a diverse Multicultural landscape. Through the past year I have been participating in the ACCPA pilot project (Building Capacity in Rural Crime Prevention) for our municipality, and through this time we have brought in our indigenous neighbours to the pilot process (3 first nations and 2 metis settlements) that are within our large geographical municipal boarders.
LORIN’S EXPERIENCE SITTING ON THE ACCPA PILOT PROJECT, THE INDIGENOUS RELATIONS COMMITTEE,THE SAFER MUNICIPALITIES COMMITTEE AS WELL AS REGIONAL AND SUB REGIONAL BOARDS AND COMMITTEES GIVES HIM THE DIVERSE KNOWLEDGE AND OUTLOOK REQUIRED TO MAKE SOUND DECISIONS FOR THE PROJECT AND THE ASSOCIATION INTO THE FUTURE TO ENSURE ITS CONTINUED SUCCESS.
As a young father it is of the utmost importance to me that our future generations feel safe in their homes, in their schools and in their communities as well as other communities through out the province.
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 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.