About us


ABOUT ODD SQUAD PRODUCTION

 
 

Our History

Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization, created in 1997 by seven Vancouver City Police Officers. Our goal is to empower youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behaviour through educational material as well as documentaries.

Today’s youth face difficult choices, enormous peer pressure, and more readily available and potent mind-altering drugs than at any other time in history. Furthermore, we aim to educate the public about the devastating effects that high-risk behaviour has on members of our community.

The work of Odd Squad Productions developed on the streets of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver from the grassroots educational work of a group of beat police officers. The personal connections of the officers of Odd Squad with the devastating consequences of drug usage are at the forefront of our productions. By building on this unique relationship we aim to educate and encourage healthy and positive lifestyles for youth.


  • EDUCATES youth on avoiding risky behavior
  • EMPOWERS them to make positive choices
  • IMPACTS by encouraging long, healthy lives

Odd Squad Productions Society delivers valuable and needed reality-based education on the consequences of engaging in risky behavior to thousands of students, parents, teachers, and community groups in the Lower Mainland, throughout B.C., Alberta, and across Canada.Our structure is composed of numerous active and retired police members and a dedicated cohort of volunteers which keeps this not-for-profit charitable organization busy and productive.

Why we educate the way we do…

Odd Squad Productions Society knows that drugs have no boundaries. Our mission is to empower youth to create lifelong changes regarding drug use and criminal behavior for themselves, their peers, and their communities. Young people must know the real effects they face and the risks attached should they decide to use drugs.

The key to our success is both in the content and delivery of the program. Our interactive presentations and practical sessions contain simple, true information about the physical and mental effects of drugs, as well as other social issues related to drug use. The delivery of the program includes a walkabout in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and interaction with individuals battling drug addiction on the street.

Clearly, education and prevention is a good thing, and Odd Squad Productions Society wants to prevent children and youth becoming involved in gangs or using drugs. Once a young person or young adult truly understands the consequences to using drugs, as it relates to their life and those around them, they usually make better decisions around risky behaviour. It is on this basis that our program was developed over 20 years ago and has continued to see success with youth throughout Canada.

Our educators provide a realistic picture of drug use. Odd Squad Productions Society doesn’t just tell kids to “say no”; we educate them to come to that conclusion on their own. Odd Squad strives to educate our youth through peer-to-peer mentoring, documentary film productions, and interactive presentations, the value of making healthy choices around risky behaviour.

Our Team


The members of Odd Squad’s Board of Directors are volunteers who are elected in accordance with the by-laws set out in its constitution. The Board of Directors consists of community members with a variety of knowledge and experience in finance, education, addiction medicine, finance, management, business administration, marketing, service, and policing.

Production Team

Executive Director:
Ret. Sgt. Toby Hinton
Director of Business Operations:
Gerry Zipursky
Film Production:
Ret. Sgt. Toby Hinton
Brian Shipper
Cst. Fred Oldendorf
Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault
S/Cst. Brendon Frick
Drug Education:
Sgt. Mark Steinkampf
Cst. David Steverding
Jr. A Hockey Mentorship Program:
Ret. Cst. Chris Graham
S/Cst. Brendon Frick
Ret. Cst. Doug Spencer
Peer-to-Peer Youth Mentoring:
Cst. David Steverding
Sgt. Mark Steinkampf
Gang Education:
Ret. Cst. Doug Spencer
Det. Anisha Parhar
Sgt. Sandy Avelar
Fitness/Police Judo Volunteer Coordinators:
S/Cst. Chin-I Hsiang
Brian Shipper
Research Advisors:
Dr. Kim Polowek, University of the Fraser Valley Criminology Department
Dr. Garth Davies, SFU School of Criminology
Legal Advisor
Sgt. Jennifer Keyes
Music Composer
Tom Keenlyside
Photographer
Ret. S/Sgt. Wayne Wilton
Tech Support
Venoth Govinthasamy
Max Wiesinger
Admin
Jane Denizmen

OSP Members

Ret. Sgt. Toby Hinton

Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault

Sgt. Mark Steinkampf

Brian Shipper

S/Cst. Brendon Frick

Cst. David Steverding

Ret. Cst. Doug Spencer

Ret. Cst. Chris Graham

S/Cst. Chin-I Hsiang

Cst. Fred Oldendorf

Cst. John Irving

Cindy Morrison

Jane Denizmen

Volunteer Coordinators:
Brian Shipper
S/Cst. Brendon Frick
S/Cst. Chin-I Hsiang
Cindy Morrison
Marcie Munro
Tara Dewingaerde

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Daly - President

Ret. Global News Reporter – CKNW Radio Host – “On the Beat”

Diana Zoppa – Vice President

Zoppa Media Group

Richard Robins - Treasurer

RentMoola Payment Solutions

Tammy Morrey - Secretary

Child Protection Consultant, Ministry of Children and Family Development

Theresa Campbell

Safer Schools Together

Jim Byrnes

Musician/Actor/Radio Host

Tom Stamatakis

Canadian Police Association

Howard Blank

Point Blank Entertainment

Kris Pope

Vice President, Dexter Associates Reality

Ray Bergen

Canreal Management Corporation

Sam Feldman

The Feldman Agency

Dr. Bill MacEwan

Providence Health Care

Former OSP Members

Sgt. Dale Weidman

Ret. Sgt. Dave Kolb

Det. Len Hollingsworth

Ret. Cst. Walter McKay