A BIT ABOUT US
The purpose of CPANB is to promote and support organizations that are creating safer communities and taking actions to prevent crime in New Brunswick.
CPANB is a non-profit association that has members across the province. Members include other non-profit organizations, like local crime prevention committees, Block Parents and Neighborhood Watches, the John Howard Society and the YMCA, protection services like municipal police forces and the RCMP, government departments including the Department of Public Safety, Health and Wellness, Family and Community services, individuals and businesses.
The Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick was an idea that originated with the New Brunswick Police Commission in 1987. CPANB became incorporated as a non-profit organization in October 1994. CPANB has grown to include members from all ages and sectors including teachers, health promoters, community leaders, social development practitioners, police officers, social workers, lawyers and correctional officers who advocate and promote social development and personal safety for all New Brunswickers.
Create safer communities by reducing crime opportunities through public awareness and education.
Help mobilize communities
Promote effective crime prevention strategies
Support crime prevention through social development
Reduce crime opportunities through public awareness and education.
Linda Patterson, President
We began the year as we ended in 2020, with Public Health restrictions in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Despite the necessary distance, we were able to post to our Facebook page from time to time, released regular newsletters and updated our website to keep New Brunswickers informed on crime prevention.
Our 2020-21 telemarketing campaign was initiated. Thankfully, due to the generosity of New Brunswickers, funds from this campaign are used to support grants to both provincial and local groups who are preventing crime and reducing victimization. This year, our larger provincial grant was shared between the two New Brunswick Transition House Associations. These funds allow Transition Houses across the province to better help women and children who are subjected to violence—an issue that’s only become more complex because of the pandemic. Due to an over-abundance of caution, smaller local grants were only approved if they could clearly demonstrate how Public Health Guidelines would be met to keep New Brunswickers safe. As such, the only grant awarded this year was to Riverview Neighbourhood Watch. We hope to reignite interest in our grant program in the year to come. Also from this campaign, we launched an informational booklet on Family Violence Awareness which was distributed across the province and aims to help NBers understand family violence and find help.
CPANB remains a valuable member of New Brunswick's Roundtable on Crime and Public Safety, the Board of Trustees Endowed Chair in Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University and the Atlantic Coordinating Committee on Crime Prevention & Community Safety. As part of the Roundtable on Crime and Public Safety, CPANB serves on the Crime Prevention Conditional Grant Committee which granted over $500 000.00 to three programs in 2021: Stop Now and Plan, Youth Connections and Thrive. These programs target youth who are vulnerable to criminal behaviour and victimization.
Our annual Crime Prevention Awards event was also very different this year. Instead of gathering in Oromocto as we usually do, we held a Zoom event where we recognized all recipients and featured our major awards. We awarded 13 Certificates of Recognition from the Department of Justice and Public Safety and were honoured to induct Cpl. Eugene Belliveau into the Hall of Fame. We are always so pleased to learn about and celebrate the people preventing crime in the province. The Wall of Fame at Oromocto Days Inn has been updated with all the plaques and portraits and we are looking forward to returning to an in-person event this coming year. Congratulations to all recipients.
Finally, I would like to thank the Executive and the Board for being there for us this year. As we adapt to our new and ever-changing circumstances, we will continue to stay connected by email, Zoom and in the near future, in-person meetings and events. I want to also thank Autumn for your help this past year. On behalf of the Board, I would like to extend our thanks to all those who are contributing to preventing crime and victimization in the province and I look forward to our continued work together.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Linda Patterson - Oromocto (Chair)
Melanie Dingee - Perth Andover (Vice Chair)
Rhonda Stairs - Fredericton (Secretary)
Sebastien Lee - Quispamsis (Treasurer)
Les Drost - Saint John
Eugene Belliveau - Quispamsis
Marc Beaupré - Tracadie
Paul Lang - Bouctouche
Michael Bamford - Fredericton
Bob Stranach - Fredericton (Advisor)
Susan Reid - Fredericton (Advisor)
Stephanie Sanford - Fredericton (Advisor)
Autumn Locke - Fredericton (Staff)
Rachelle Wilby - Fredericton (Staff)