Town Talk: Odd Squad’s abuse-prevention earns police chief’s kudos

PRAISE WHERE DUE: Attending the 20-year-old Odd Squad Production Society’s first open house, Vancouver Chief Constable Adam Palmer praised the independent charity’s membership of serving and retired police officers. “You focus on things that really matter in our society,” he said, citing as “brilliant” a resource program titled Understanding Fentanyl that the squad produced and supplied to all B.C. schools. “You do fantastic work, with more to come, and you have 100 per cent support from the Vancouver Police Department.”

Surrounding Chief Constable Adam Palmer clockwise from Odd Squad president Diana Zoppa are director John Daly and members Mark Steinkampf, Dave Steverding, Brian Shipper, Brendon Frick, Chris Graham, Doug Spencer and Toby Hinton.

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Surrounding Chief Constable Adam Palmer clockwise from Odd Squad president Diana Zoppa are director John Daly and members Mark Steinkampf, Dave Steverding, Brian Shipper, Brendon Frick, Chris Graham, Doug Spencer and Toby Hinton.

Odd Squad co-founder Sergeant Toby Hinton said that volunteer members “work tirelessly on the streets — for nothing. We are very much involved with (drug-abuse) prevention, and will stay focused on that.” Meanwhile, “Our educational work with the kids is going on like crazy. The future is bright for us.”

Chief Justice of B.C. Robert Bauman and former B.C. finance minister Carole Taylor were head table guests at the Pacific Autism Family Network lunch.

MAKING CHANGERS: Chief Palmer was out and about again at the Pacific Autism Family Network’s $175-ticket luncheon. The evening-gala-like event reportedly raised $719,000 for an organization that Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia founded and that has husband Sergio Cocchia as president and board chair. At the luncheon, Game Changer awards were made to the Presidents Group, the RCMP and the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association. The network’s integrated Hub facility in Richmond serves autism patients and their families. A video message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked 1,000 luncheon guests for being there “tonight.” Those present included B.C. Chief Justice Robert Bauman, former B.C. finance minister Carole Taylor and Lt.-Gov Janet Austin, who spoke warmly of the Cocchias. Premier John Horgan was expected but detained, not that skipping lunch would harm anyone growing in office.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

      

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