You are invited to take part in an evening of awareness and information. Learn about today's current issues on gangs and gang prevention and how to encourage correct choices.
For years you have supported Odd Squad at fundraisers and events. You are invited to attend, meet and see Odd Squad at their finest. These presentations are captivating, interesting and informative. Bring Your Friends, Family, Neighbours to learn about today's issues and how to make the right choices.
Doug joined the Vancouver Police Department as a police officer in March 1990, becoming a third generation VPD member. He joined the VPD Gang Crime Unit in 1995and served in the Gang Unit until being transferred to the Youth Squad in 2005. Doug is a court recognized expert on gangs in British Columbia.
Doug co-created a presentation titled “The Truth about Gangs” which he has presented hundreds of times to students, community leaders, professional associations, and parent groups. He is also a member of “Odd Squad Productions”, a non-profit society founded by police officers to educate the public through reality-based documentaries about major social problems like gang and drug involvement.
In 2008, Doug received the Police Officer of the Year Award in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the community through his work with gang prevention amongst youth. In 2009, Doug retired from the Vancouver Police Department, and became a member of the Transit Police Service. He continues to identify and monitor at-risk and gang-involved youth in and around Greater Vancouver transit system.
Joe has over 8 years of experience working with youth in some of the city’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods. His experience, as well as his unique personal background, motivated him to create Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative. As a former member of the Hells Angels and recovering addict, Joe has experienced firsthand the consequences of his choices. He went from a successful businessman in the mobile phone business to living, drug addicted on the streets of Vancouver after losing everything to gangs and drugs. Joe was honoured with the Courage to Come Back Award in 2014 for overcoming his addictions and using his experience to help others. Along with his Business Degree, Joe holds a certificate in Substance Use from the Justice Institute of BC and is a certified black-belt in Jui Jitsu.
Jonathon Wong, a Killarney Highschool graduate. Now into his 8th year working with Doug and Odd Squad, Shares his experiences of the gang lifestyle and the impact it has had on his life. Now a Child and Youth worker with both the City of Burnaby and Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast B.C., Jonathon continues to teach the importance of healthy decision making to at-risk children and youth across South Vancouver and Burnaby.
John Volken Academy provides effective and affordable residential addiction recovery treatment by cultivating, teaching, advancing and instilling the desire to strive to be their best.
Together we can make a difference addressing issues that are robbing youth of their potential and - in too many cases - of their lives.
Odd Squad Productions (OSP) is a charitable society founded in 1997 by police officers in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We empower youth to make positive choices about drugs & gangs through education, presentations and documentary videos that we produce.