Below you will find introductions and backgrounds to the current board of directors for the Block Watch Society of BC.
Gabriel Pelletier – Chair
Gabriel is a City of Surrey Community Programs Coordinator for the Surrey RCMP. He was hired on by Surrey RCMP Support Services in 2011. He joined the community side of operations in 2014, starting first as District Office Coordinator, and then managing Block Watch groups. He has been coordinating the Surrey RCMP volunteer program in the year leading up to COVID-19. Before the pandemic, Gabriel made sure the volunteer program was flexible to attend to community or Block Watch requests, such as engaging at an event, checking for speeders, or auditing a strata parking lot for valuables left in vehicles. He also manages the Surrey RCMP’s Project Entry program for easier police access to secure buildings.
Since Gabriel joined the Board at the 2017 AGM, his efforts have mainly been focused on Communications, Community Grants, the Newsletter, and updating Policy. He was elected Chair after the 2021 AGM.
Kimberly Kelley – Vice Chair
Kimberly is Community Programs Coordinator with the Victoria Police Department. She was appointed to the Board in the fall of 2017. Before becoming Vice Chair, she served as the Director of Membership, and has been very active in the building and branding of the Society.
Kimberly has been a civilian with VicPD since 2008 and has worked in numerous positions within the department including the Crime Prevention section, Information Management, Human Resources, Investigative Services, Executive Services and now within the Community Engagement Division, as the Community Programs Coordinator.
Having had the opportunity to work in different sections of the Victoria Police Department has provided her with valuable insight, knowledge and experience that she can apply to the Block Watch Program.
Mike Moyer – Treasurer
Mike is a retired RCMP member with 20+ years’ experience in Law Enforcement. He recently switched from being a Bylaw Officer/Safe Communities Coordinator for the RDNO to the Adams Lake Indian Band Justice Manager.
During his years of service throughout British Columbia, his career had a full range of geographical experiences from urban, rural and remote postings, dealing with many aspects of policing such as community policing, Aboriginal policing, gangs, criminal intelligence and investigations related to drugs, criminality and serious crimes. Mike is a trained Media Relations Officer, Mediator, Restorative Justice Facilitator, and DARE Officer who has worked in various schools throughout BC. As a result of his past experiences in policing, Mike believes that well-designed interventions can have a positive influence on behaviors, and crimes can be reduced or prevented by addressing risk factors that lead to offending. Successful interventions have been shown to reduce not only victimization but also the social and economic costs that result from criminal activities.
When Mike isn’t contributing to making communities safer, he is spending time with his family, training in Wing Chun Kung Fu or creating another water colour painting. Mike lives in Lake Country, BC, with his wife, daughter and dogs.
Rimmi Purewal – Secretary
Rimmi has been the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the City of Mission for since 2019. She is a Bachelor of Criminal Justice graduate from the University of Fraser Valley and has worked with the RCMP since 2012. During her employment working with the RCMP, Rimmi has worked in various roles, such as Privacy and Information Coordinator, Quality Assurance, backup Court Liaison Officer and Front Counter Services.
Rimmi has had a great interest in working closely with the public and brainstorming innovative ways to maintain and enhance community safety. Rimmi is passionate about inspiring and empowering members of the community to work collectively towards creating safer neighbourhoods. Rimmi is married with two beautiful children and has been a long term resident of the Fraser Valley.
She strongly believes in the Block Watch program and is looking forward to serving on the Board of Directors.
Dawn Virginillo – Director
Dawn has served in several different community policing positions during her more than eighteen years with the Burnaby RCMP. Most of this time has been spent supporting victims of crime and trauma. Dawn joined the newly formed Crime Prevention Unit in 2013, shifting from a reactive to a proactive approach to community wellness.
As Crime Prevention Services Supervisor, Dawn oversees fifteen public safety and education programs, including the robust Burnaby Block Watch program.
Dawn sees Block Watch as key to building neighbourhood-level cohesion and resilience, creating stronger and well connected communities.
Leah Marlay – Director (Acting), Marketing Committee Chair
Leah is an acting Board member in place of the elected police officer, who is currently on a leave of absence.
She has been the Vancouver Police Department Block Watch Coordinator for the city of Vancouver since 2008 and has enjoyed a civilian career with the Vancouver Police Department since 1992. During that time, she has held other positions including Planning & Research Assistant and Victim Services Crisis Intervention Worker. In 2018 Leah successfully completed the International Association of Crime Practitioners training.
In her role as Block Watch Coordinator, Leah’s contributions have included producing the VPD’s ‘Krenz on Krime’ YouTube crime prevention series, evolving the Block Watch Captain/Co-Captain training and creating VPD resource websites: Victim’s Guide to Residential Break and Enters and Theft from Auto resources & tips.
In the Committee of marketing Leah is joined by Cst. Deborah Dixon from the Vancouver Police Department. Deborah has been instrumental in helping to update the Block Watch training program which includes a new Block Watch Training Guide for all Captains and Participants, has assisted in creating brochures and resources for our members. Deborah also assists in updating our social media posts and videos.
Cst. Stephanie Cullingworth – Director (Leave of Absence)
Stephanie is a sworn officer with the Vancouver Police, having held positions in the Operations Division patrolling both Districts 1 and 2, as well as in the Special Investigative Section where she was a Detective with the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit. Prior to policing, Stephanie was a volunteer with the Granville Community Policing Centre and with Victim Services.
Having experienced firsthand the benefits of being an active member of her own community, Stephanie sees the tremendous value in the Block Watch program and looks forward to contributing her insight and experience.
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Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers: Linda Annis, Executive Director
BC Crime Stoppers: Weldon LeBlanc, Executive Director
BC Automobile Association: Sarah Rushton, Senior Manager, Community Impact
Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General: Keith Ramzan Program Manager
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RCMP “E” Division Liaison: Jane Hanson, Volunteer Management Program Director, Crime Prevention & Program Support Services
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