Government of New Brunswick

The Leo “Tyler” Francis Award


Fredericton Police Sgt. Brian Ford – Community Volunteer

After 10 years in the American and National Hockey Leagues, Brian Ford made a career change and went into policing. Upon graduation in 1991, he joined the Fredericton Police Force. In his first years on the force, he worked in patrols and in major crimes. In 2007, using the concept from acting chief Leanne Fitch, Ford was tasked with the staffing and programming for the newly created Neighbourhood Action Teams. He is always looking for new and innovative programs to have his teams set up and promote. Two such programs came from Edmonton, Alta., his home town, the Report a Drug House program, and Curb the Dangers, a program run in conjunction with MADD.

After 10 years in the American and National Hockey Leagues, Brian Ford made a career change and went into policing. Upon graduation in 1991, he joined the Fredericton Police Force. In his first years on the force, he worked in patrols and in major crimes. In 2007, using the concept from acting chief Leanne Fitch, Ford was tasked with the staffing and programming for the newly created Neighbourhood Action Teams. He is always looking for new and innovative programs to have his teams set up and promote. Two such programs came from Edmonton, Alta., his home town, the Report a Drug House program, and Curb the Dangers, a program run in conjunction with MADD.

During his time on the force, Ford has been involved with many non-work-related projects. Before he joined the force, he had an active role in Special Olympics NB, and was a member of the board of Special Olympics Canada. He was also the liaison for the Law enforcement Torch Run, and assistant coach for the Leo Hayes High School hockey team for a number of years. He continues to help various hockey teams with their goaltending needs when asked.

Since 1995, he has been an active member of the Tim Horton’s All Star Hockey Team. Every Thursday night, you can find him on the ice at various rinks around the Maritimes, playing against a police team to entertain the community. During the past 17 years, about $1.5 million has been raised for various projects that stay in the host communities. Ford is a member of several other committees. Over and above his daily tasks and volunteering, he is an aide-de-camp to Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas.

Fitch, Ford’s nominator, states that, “Brian and his team of officers have forged excellent partnerships in the community to reduce crime, problem solve, prevent crime and overall contribute to a healthier and safer community.”


Business Excellence Award


Port City Kia – Tom Cahill

In 2009 the Saint John Police Force was looking to local business partners to promote the MADD 911 campaign. The concept was to have a MADD vehicle that would be continuously visible in the community. Tom Cahill and Port City Kia have been major sponsors of this initiative. A vehicle was secured which was driven daily by the traffic supervisor. It is clearly marked with the MADD logo, including the MADD 911 campaign signs.

Cahill has taken a personal interest in this program, and as part of his commitment he offered a discount on a new Kia Soul. The project and commitment has continued with a three-year sponsorship of MADD. During this time, they have produced commercials for MADD and KIA has donated a vehicle to each main MADD chapter in Canada.

All involved are proud of this program, and the commitment of KIA to spread the MADD message across Canada.


Hall of Fame


Tambrie Hicks – Sussex

For the past 11 years, Tambrie Hicks has been employed by Portage Atlantic, a 64-bed substance abuse rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake near Sussex. She began as a case manager and is currently admissions co-ordinator. Hicks works closely with the residents to overcome their abuse issues.

In addition to her work at Portage, she is a member of the Sussex Youth Intervention and Diversion Committee. She has served on the Suicide Prevention Committee for Sussex and surrounding areas; the Review Committee for the Alternative Measures Program for Young Offenders in Moncton; and on the board of directors, in an advisory capacity, for the Petitcodiac Boys and Girls Club.

Her nominator, Tanya Warren, says: “Tambrie is the type of person who does not see how she positively affects the youth around her; she sees her work as just her duty as a human being.”


Department of Public Safety Certificates of Recognition


Atlantic Superstore, Rothesay – Matt Barnett, Manager

The Atlantic Superstore is being recognized for its continued support of the Rothesay Regional Police Force at community events, providing volunteers and donating space and product. One such project was “The Only Beer You Need” program. The store gave root beer to the two local high schools that was then distributed to students at lunch, with a sticker attached saying, “This is the only beer you need.” The purpose of the program was to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. The store continues to support the police force with more events throughout the year.



Cst. Mandy Barnaby – Elsipogtog RCMP

During the last two years, Cst. Mandy Barnaby has used her love of dance to engage the children of Elsipogtog. She has taught children ages six to 12 the “Fancy Shawl” dance.

The group has performed at many events in New Brunswick and other provinces. Barnaby is also involved in promoting Restorative Justice healing circles at Elsipogtog First Nation.


Cst. Anika Becker and Cst. James McKay – Rothesay Regional Police Force

Cst. Anika Becker and Cst. James McKay are the champions of the dangers of impaired driving and texting in the Rothesay Regional Police Force area. One project they came up with is called “Every 15 Minutes.” The premise is that every 15 minutes, someone in North America dies from an impaired driving collision. With that in mind, they started a program where every 15 minutes a student was taken out of class by “Death” (a student playing the Grim Reaper). They were then made up to look like death and sent back to class wearing a shirt saying, “I’m not here. Make death wait.” The students were not allowed to speak for the remainder of the school day. This project was very powerful and reached many students. The police force has received inquiries from other police forces in New Brunswick and elsewhere that are interested in doing the same thing.


Cst. Mark Blakely – RCMP Oromocto

Cst. Mark Blakely is being recognized for going out of his way to provide support and encouragement to two young offenders. The youth were living on the street and in vehicles, committing crimes to support their addictions. He had frequent contact with them, and each time offered them help in finding shelter and help in combatting their drug addiction. In February of this year, he met with the father of the youths, who requested assistance. After many attempts to find placement in an addiction facility, space opened up in March. With Blakely’s assistance, both youth were place in the Portage Drug Intervention Program. They have successfully completed the drug treatment program, and will soon be re-integrated into the community.


Champlain Heights Community Association – Neighbourhood Watch –Brenda Thibeault – Saint John

What once was set up as a neighbourhood watch program has grown into the Community Association-Neighbourhood Watch Program. This group recognized there was more it wanted to do in the community safety area. It wanted to bring attention to all areas of crime and safety, including traffic concerns and promoting a safe and healthy environment. This group produces a newsletter and distributes pamphlets on various topics to the residents of the community. Recently it erected a “Welcome to Champlain Heights” sign at the Loch Lomond Road entrance and unveiled its own website.


Cst. Krystal Daley – Rothesay Regional Police Force

Cst. Krystal Daley is being recognized for several projects with which she has been involved during the past few years as the force’s community police officer. A key project has been a series of two-hour information sessions for seniors on everything from Internet fraud to fire and traffic safety. This is now called the Seniors Police Academy, held twice a year. The goal is to educate seniors so they do not fall victim to criminals who may prey on them. Following a presentation at the New Brunswick Association of Chiefs of Police, many inquiries were made, and several forces are interested in doing the program in their areas.


Cst. Jean Francois Dulac – District 8 Acadian Peninsula

Cst. Jean François Dulac is receiving his certificate of recognition for his continued work in the crime prevention field. Dulac has been the moving force for the Operation Red Nose Campaign for the past seven years. Four years ago, he created a weekly radio talk show in partnership with CKLE Pokemouche entitled Chroniques de la GRC/ The RCMP Chronicles. On this show, he talks about various topics such as prevention of crime against property and persons, the needs of francophones in the area of justice, and partnerships with other provincial departments. Since it began, more than 40 guests have joined Dulac on the program, which is very popular in the region.


Elsipogtog Healing to Wellness Court – Tammy Augustine

The Healing to Wellness Court is part of a rich history in the Elsipogtog First Nation of developing alternatives within the traditional criminal justice system. Other alternatives include the development of the Elsipogtog Restorative Justice Program and the Victims’ Assistance Program as well as the use of First Nations approaches to justice such as sentencing circles. In addition, the community has created co-ordinating committees such as the Elsipogtog Justice Advisory Committee and the Violence and Abuse Prevention Committee. These committees focus community efforts and foster inter-agency problem solving to respond to the underlying social issues of crime in Elsipogtog.


Cpl. Blair Foster – Fredericton Police Force

Cpl. Blair Foster has been nominated for his leadership and commitment to public safety during the past two years as it relates to the Princess Margaret Bridge closure.

Foster was an active member of the organizing committee from the onset. When the closure was extended in the fall of 2011, he was the first to come forward and found ways to continue the rapid response on the Westmorland Street Bridge. In 2011, Foster and his team responded to 107 incidents on the bridge. In more than half of the cases, his team was on scene before the incident was sent to dispatch.


Sgt. David Hartley-Brown – Saint John Police Force

Sgt. David Hartley-Brown has been nominated for his dedication to crime prevention initiatives as a member of the Saint John Police Force. He has been co-ordinator of the “Lock it/Pocket campaign, which has yielded a significant reduction in stolen vehicles. He has also been responsible for Partners for Foot Patrols and the Graffiti Eradication and Education Program. He maintains a close relationship with local high schools through the RESPECT program. He has also developed several initiatives that generate excellent participation within the student population.


Hazen White-St. Francis School Anti-Bullying Project  – Saint John

Cst. Don Metcalfe of the Saint John Police Force and school principal Jennifer Carhart are being recognized for the development and implementation of a project focusing on bullying. In 2011, students at the school worked on a story line for a comic book discussing bullying. The book was printed and distributed to every student and the neighbourhood community during a special literacy event. Two of the characters were actually Metcalfe and Carhart.

This year was phase two, a T-shirt design project. Each class came up with a bullying slogan that was printed on a T-shirt. A special assembly was held so each class could present to the rest of the school. There has been a noticed difference in the bullying issue thanks to these two projects.


John Howard Society of New Brunswick

The John Howard Society of New Brunswick is being recognized on its 60th anniversary of existence and contributing to make New Brunswick communities safer. The organization has made inroads during the past few years by establishing affiliates in francophone communities, and in a first for Canada, the John Howard Society can now be found in four First Nations communities.


Cst. Ron Jones – Sussex RCMP

Cst. Ron Jones has been an active member with the local MADD campaign for many years. He works hand-in-hand with the organization to promote safe driving, and to educate the community of the dangers of drunk driving. Another of his passions is Ducks Unlimited. He has been an active member for more than 35 years, assisting the community’s fundraising efforts. He can often be found donating Ducks Unlimited prints to silent auctions to raise funds for community crime prevention projects.


KV Outreach – Rothesay Regional Police Force  – Girls Camp

Three years ago KV Outreach and the Rothesay Regional Police Force began a girls’ empowerment camp designed to reach young at-risk girls struggling with various issues. The camp started as a two-day camp, but grew to a week-long camp this year, for girls aged 13 to 18. For many, the camp may be the only chance the girls have to escape the problems in their lives. The camp has proven to be an excellent crime prevention initiative, because it has helped young women to turn their lives around, instead of getting in trouble with the law. They have developed positive relationship with the officers and now feel they can come to them for advice.


Kids and Kops Summer Camp – Fredericton

The Multicultural Association of Fredericton, the St. Mary’s First Nation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Fredericton Boys and Girls Club have partnered with the Fredericton Police Force for the past four years. These community partners select and encourage their youth to attend the camp. Because of the commitment of these community partners, the program is able to reach the children.  The camp is a full week of cost-free entertainment and learning activities for children aged eight to 12. Some are at-risk youth, and the program gives them the chance to interact and be mentored in a non-threatening environment. This past year, 27 Fredericton Police Force members provided assistance.


Cst. Duncan Lombard – Fredericton Police Force

Cst. Duncan Lombard has been a community police officer since 2008. He regularly does presentations to local schools, community groups and businesses. He has spearheaded a number of initiatives including the Kids and Kops program and the graffiti cover-up project, and he is now developing a program for seniors. Lombard is the multicultural liaison officer for the force. He works closely with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton and also sits on the New Brunswick Visible Minority Committee.


Det. Michael MacLean – Fredericton Police Force

Det. Michael MacLean works in the special crimes section of the Fredericton Police Force, where the majority of his work involves crimes against children.

He has been effective in bringing forward dozens of successful charges against perpetrators who have sexually abused children. He also works closely with the Department of Social Development to reduce child exploitation in this area. MacLean’s dedication and professionalism goes far beyond the normal contributions.


Chief Stephen McIntyre – Rothesay Regional Police Force

Chief Stephen McIntyre has brought forth many new concepts to his police force. He was supportive of the idea of the information sessions to seniors, now known as the Seniors Police Academy. McIntyre also took the idea of social media to his members. He could see the importance and how it could be used to communicate with the residents of his community. He wanted to use Facebook and Twitter to release the force’s news earlier than would normally be possible. As an example, a missing person case would be time-sensitive. Through social media, the force can also warn residents of crime in their area and give them tips and suggestions to avoid victimization.


Mesosynedria Team – Chipman

In 2007 the Mesosynedria Team was formed in Chipman. This community group promotes peace, anti-bullying and anti-racism through a series of themed days and school projects. The group has been hosting an annual Mesosynedria Day (which means “meeting in the middle-coming together on common ground”) since a 2007 youth forum revealed that bullying, low school spirit, bad attitudes towards authority and prejudice/racism were problems in the community.Since then, the team has incorporated several programs including, Blue Ribbon Day, Hug and Compliment Day and an Anti Bullying team. These programs also involve the community partners. Major changes have been seen in the community since the team’s inception. Youth probation rates have greatly declined, as well as referrals to the Restorative Justice Program in the community. The school is also seeing fewer suspensions and expulsions.  


Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN)

Established in 2010, the SCAN investigation unit targets properties where habitual criminal activity has adversely affected the lives of residents of communities. Residents can launch a confidential complaint and SCAN members will investigate. If targeted criminal activities are occurring, SCAN can close down problem properties. During its first two years of operation, the SCAN team has exceeded national averages of call volume and enforcement actions per capita. SCAN works closely with law enforcement agencies and other organizations to restore order to New Brunswick communities. Residents in some areas have said they now feel safe in their neighbourhoods once again.


RCMP Community Program Officers

The RCMP Community Program Officers started out by establishing an evidence-based intervention and diversion process in all New Brunswick jurisdictions. Since that time the responsibilities of the CPOs have increased to the implementation of evidence based crime prevention/reduction initiatives in each of their areas. The CPOs facilitate training for the front-line member, community partners, district management and provincial and regional stakeholders. The CPOs can be seen at many community functions during the year and are recognized my most youth in their areas as well. The CPO program began in New Brunswick and is slowly moving across the country.


 Tara Steeves Moncton

Tara Steeves is the director of the Alternative Suspension Program at the YMCA in Moncton. She has made it her focus to lead, direct, teach and guide youth in a positive way of life. She has dedicated her time, both professionally and personally, to being a positive role model to the youth in her program. She has also spent countless hours developing programs and resources to help the youth learn, believe in and practice alternative positive lifestyles rather than a life of crime.


Raylene Wallace – Saint John

In June 2010, Raylene Wallace’s daughter Kylee, 16, was involved in a motor vehicle collision with an impaired driver, which resulted in Kylee’s death.Over time, Wallace came up with a novel idea to attempt to help prevent this terrible crime from happening to another family. In conjunction with the Saint John Police Force, Saint John High School and MADD, she started a program called “Love for Kylee.” This program starts two weeks before graduation and offers students a ride home after celebrating their graduation. This program has been adopted by TADD, and it is a fitting tribute to Kaylee’s memory.


Sgt. Tammy Ward – Woodstock RCMP

Sgt. Tammy Ward is being recognized for her commitment to TADD. She is the current president of the organization and has been involved with the program for the past seven years, including six as director. During this time, she helped organize French and English conferences and a successful golf tournament. She also organized a national TADD conference in 2008 and has given many presentations to community groups about the dangers of impaired driving. She also works on a volunteer basis with various community groups on the topic of domestic violence.


Youth Intervention and Diversion Committee – Sussex

In the latter part of 2011, the Youth Intervention and Diversion Committee was formed. The committee consists of members from social development backgrounds, mental health, rehabilitation programs, school administrators, youth workers and the RCMP. The committee helps youth aged 12 to 17 who have been involved in criminal activity, but also have risk factors that may have been attributed to their criminal behaviour. The committee assesses the young person’s risks, and builds a rapport with the young person and their parents/care givers, through a healing-based approach that focuses on the youth’s strengths. It is already seeing a decrease in recidivism and an increase in support systems for the young person and their family.