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2015 Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award Winners

Award of Distinction
Tim Agg – Vancouver

During his long career, Tim Agg has been dedicated to enhancing community safety and has worked tirelessly to make positive changes for youth involved in the justice system. For more than 30 years as executive director of the organization PLEA Community Services Society of BC, he has spoken at national and international conferences, sponsored youth advocacy initiatives worked collaboratively with other agencies and founded scholarships in youth justice programs.

Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award
Garth Letcher – Kelowna

As a Crime Prevention Supervisor with the Kelowna RCMP, Garth Letcher has demonstrated exemplary leadership by developing innovative initiatives to promote safe communities. His 2005 “Partners for a Healthy Downtown” brought together the business community, social service providers, the health authority and enforcement agencies to address criminal behaviour. He is a respected community resource for all who seek support and guidance.

Youth Leadership Award
Sgt. Paul Brookes – Victoria

In 2003, Paul Brookes created the Youth Combating Intolerance Conference, a program that shows youth the impact of racism, intolerance and discrimination and inspires them to act. Now in its 12th year, the program has hosted more than 875 student participants. Now renamed Youth for Change and Inclusion, it was recognized in 2012 by the Canada Race Relations Foundations as a best practice. Paul also steers the Victoria Police Chief’s Youth Council to develop young leaders and build bridges between youth and police.

Restorative Justice Memorial Award
Haroon Bajwa – Richmond

Since 2005, Haroon Bajwa has been coordinator of the Restorative Justice Program in Richmond. He believes restorative justice is more than a program – and he defines it as a response to crime that focuses on restoring the losses suffered by victims, holding offenders accountable for the harm they have caused and building peace within communities. He is committed to changing the direction of youth who come into contact with the justice system.

Service to Victims Award
Kim Gramlich – Delta

Showing exemplary leadership and dedication, Kim Gramlich has worked in the field of victim services for more than 20 years. As Delta Police Department Victim Services program coordinator, she’s respected for her commitment to clients in the community. Kim implemented the first intervention K9 program in Canada with her canine partner, Caber. They have provided support to many victims and witnesses of traumatic events.