Victoria/Abbotsford – Five community leaders were presented with awards for their contributions to community safety, healing and crime prevention in British Columbia.
The awards were presented at the 22nd annual Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards ceremony on November 8.
“These awards demonstrate that we can all make a difference in making our communities safer by working together to help prevent crime and assist victims,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “On behalf of the Province, I want to thank each award recipient and nominee for their commitment, perseverance and determination to keep our communities safe.”
The Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards were presented to:
- Dave Dickson, Williams Lake
- Gloria Joseph, Lillooet
- Catherine Bargen, Vancouver
- Chantal Sears, White Rock
- South Asian Community Resource Office, Abbotsford
South Asian Community Resource Office (SACRO), Abbotsford
Winner of the Youth Leadership Award, SACRO, which is part of Archway Community Services, provides culturally relevant crime prevention programming for South Asian youth who are at risk of or involved in criminal and gang activity in the community. Since 2009, it has provided services in English and Punjabi for over 350 individual South Asian youth and families, with programs such as school engagement support, mentoring and clinical counselling. It also supports youth affected by gang activity, assisting them with completing their high school education, obtaining and maintaining employment, and restoring healthy relationships.
The award presentation was part of Crime Prevention Week, Nov. 1-7, 2019.