Surrey Board of Trade Police Officer of the Year Award finalists announced

THE Surrey Board of Trade on Tuesday announced the finalists for the 18th Annual Police Officer of the Year Awards.  Winners in eight categories will be announced at the gala event taking place on Thursday, October 9 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269-104 Avenue) in Surrey from 6-9:30 p.m.

The Surrey RCMP along with Surrey’s auxiliary officers, civilian employees and volunteers will join members of Surrey’s business community to celebrate those individuals who have been chosen by their peers and the public to receive the Police Officer of the Year Awards. Over 70 nominations were received. The nominees were judged in the areas of: innovation, commitment, contribution and perseverance.

The program begins at 7 p.m. with Master of Ceremonies, Mark Madryga of GlobalTV, with keynote speaker, Bob Lenarduzzi of the Vancouver Whitecaps, and award presentations to follow at 8:15 p.m. The event continues to support the RCMP Youth Academy.

Event tickets for the October 9 Police Awards Dinner can be purchased through the Surrey Board of Trade or online at


The finalists:


Arnold Silzer Community Policing Initiative Award nominees:

* Darlene Bowyer, Port Kells Community Association

* Special Constable Susan Caley

* High Risk Location Initiative – Command Team


Police Team nominees:

* Auto Crime Target Team (ACTT) and the Property Crime Target Team (PCTT)

* Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT)

* Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit


Police And Business Partnership Award nominees:

* Karen Klein, ICBC Road Safety Coordinator

* Surrey Crime Prevention Society

* Sophie’s Place


Municipal Employee Award nominees:

* Candace Hoover

* Monica Prasad

* Shona Yuzwa


Volunteer of the Year nominees:

* Robyn Drayson

* Louise Sallai

* Linda Stromberg


Auxiliary Constable of the Year nominees:

* Auxiliary Constable Amrik Singh Aulakh

* Auxiliary Constable Ken Merrells

* Auxiliary Constable Karen Summers


Police Officer of the Year – Nominated by Peers:

* Staff Sergeant Martin Blais

* Corporal Nicole Noonan

* Constable Sanjeevan Sidhu


Police Officer of the Year – Nominated by Community:

* CSO Dennis Bell

* Corporal Allison Douglas

* Special Constable Joshua Waltman