Karen Reid Sidhu, Executive Director
She brings solid relationships within local communities, government and private industry. Karen identified common values and interests, generating active and enthusiastic participation with community partners in her roles with Fortis BC (formerly Terasen Gas), ICBC and with two national charities Ovarian Cancer Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon. Her creative ideas and concepts were successfully launched into actionable and measurable campaigns and projects, resulting in increased public awareness and revenue streams that achieved or surpassed all goals both regionally and nationally.
Karen is a the Chair of the Board of Trustees with Surrey Libraries. She is also the Chair of the Transit Police Chiefs Community Council. Karen is a graduate from the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business in Sales and Marketing Management, and holds a designation as a Certified Marketing Executive. She is currently in the process of completing her Public Relations designation through the University of Victoria. She joined the team at Surrey Crime Prevention June 2012.
Michelle Kumar, Director of Operations | Human Resources
Michelle began volunteering with Surrey Crime Prevention in 2012 as an office volunteer. In April of 2013, she was hired as the Mentorship Coordinator for the Youth At-Risk Mentorship and Leadership Program. In her role, she was able to utilize both aspects of her academic experiences. After successfully launching the Mentorship and Leadership Program at SCPS, Michelle was promoted to Director of Operations and Human Resources to oversee the operations of the Community Safety Programs delivered in the City of Surrey. She is a graduate of the Human Resource Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. As a graduate from Simon Fraser University, Michelle has completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Joint Major in Criminology and Psychology. She has gained valuable experience through volunteerism and currently is a member of the Coast Capital Savings Youth Get It Community Council for the Fraser Valley.
Jen D’Souza, Manager Volunteer Resources | Administration
Born in Etobicoke, Ontario, Jen moved to Surrey with her family when she was three years old and has been a proud resident of Surrey ever since. A graduate from the University of British Columbia, Jen completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science Major in 2011. Jen began volunteering at Surrey Crime Prevention Society in October 2012. Her strong communication abilities and constructive work ethic propelled her into a leadership role as a Membership Drive Coordinator with SCPS in December 2012. In January 2013, Jen was hired as a full time employee for SCPS as the Volunteer and Membership Recruitment Coordinator. Recently, Jen was promoted to Manager of Volunteer Resources responsible for recruiting and managing the vast portfolio of volunteers with SCPS.
Jen enjoys following international and national current affairs and cultural events. Jen enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends, reading and volunteering in the community. Jen has volunteered at Sources Community Resources Society, has fundraised for the Canadian Red Cross and The Canadian Cancer Society.
Parvir Gill, Training and Engagement Coordinator
Parvir is an entrepreneur, Financial Advisor, and the Founder of Project Know Now. She is in the process of completing her BBA in Human Resource Management. In addition to being a student and working full-time, she is passionate about helping the community. Parvir has worked with local businesses assisting them with their marketing, public relations, communications, advertising and social media. She had the opportunity to gain industry knowledge from organizations such as Pink Orchid Studio, Drishti Magazine, and her own project (Project Know Now). She has also established a business in the financial industry where she leads, organizes, trains and mentor’s young entrepreneurs.
Parvir has attended conferences across the globe to learn from successful entrepreneurs and is now applying and sharing that knowledge with the community through Project Know Now. Not only has this project created valuable connections within the community, it has also empowered local youth to look beyond their expected career paths and find fulfillment in their respective passions.
Manpreet Athwal, Community Safety Specialist
Manpreet Athwal holds a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Human Resources Management program and aims to pursue a career as a Human Resources Manager. Manpreet has been a member with Surrey Crime Prevention Society since October 2014. She was originally an office volunteer, where she reflected professional work ethics. As a result of her dedication and professionalism, Manpreet was hired as a Traffic Safety Program Coordinator in August 2016. As a Traffic Safety Program Coordinator, Manpreet is responsible for scheduling, planning and taking volunteers out for Speed Watch and Cell Watch, monthly reports and statistics.
Manpreet is an active volunteer in the community. She has volunteered with the City of Surrey for events such as Fusion Festival, Spring day camps, Children’s Festival. She was also a member of the Netwon Youth Council team (CYCON). Manpreet has also volunteered with the Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub Society, where she assisted with summer events like Hub BBQs, Hub Summer Rummage Sale, Kids Kitchen. Manpreet enjoys shopping, travelling, and helping others in need.
Brendon Choung, Community Safety Specialist
Brendon is currently enrolled as a student at Simon Fraser University with the objective to acquire a degree in Criminology. Brendon has been an active volunteer with Surrey Crime Prevention Society since 2013 and has been committed to enhancing community safety within the City of Surrey. Brendon was hired as a Community Safety Specialist through his consistent demonstration of leadership while promoting Surrey Crime Prevention Society’s values and professional conduct in the community,
As a Community Safety Specialist, Brendon works to enhance community safety in the areas of South Surrey and Cloverdale by providing volunteers the opportunity to make a difference in the community in a positive a manner. During his free time, Brendon is an avid automotive car enthusiast and enjoys spending time with friends. After completing school, Brendon has hopes of pursuing a career in law enforcement.
Kabir Bath, Community Safety Specialist
Kabir is currently pursuing his business degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. After completing his degree, he wishes to follow his passion for community safety and become a law enforcement officer. He originally began volunteering with Surrey Crime Prevention Society in August 2015 as a member of the Community Safety Tours in Fleetwood. Continuing to do so for the next year and a half. Furthermore, he now has been hired on as the coordinator for the Fleetwood locations Citizens Community Safety Watch and Foot Tours. Kabir believes with this opportunity he will be able to better the safety of the community and also provide the youth of Surrey with a positive role model. In his free time Kabir enjoys weightlifting, playing basketball and reading crime novels.
Gurkirat Sidhu, Community Safety Specialist
Gurkirat was a volunteer with Surrey Crime Prevention before she became a staff member. She began volunteering in 2015 through our LEAP program as a Guildford foot tours volunteer and later became a full-time volunteer for our Newton foot tours program. In June of 2017, she was hired for the HRSDC summer student program. After completing this program, she was hired on as a regular staff member. Gurkirat is currently the coordinator for our Downtown Surrey foot tours program. She also helps out with any special events that we have throughout the year.
Gurkirat has successfully completed the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program from the JIBC and hopes to join a municipal police department in the near future. Aside from school and work, Gurkirat has a background in sports and martial arts.
Bawanjit Dhillon, Community Safety Specialist
Bawanjit joined Surrey Crime Prevention Society as a volunteer in September 2016. After demonstrating his strong leadership within his role as a volunteer, he was hired to join Surrey Crime Prevention Society through the HRSDC program. After successfully supporting a variety of programs in Surrey, he was hired as the Traffic Safety Community Safety Specialist and CSVT Guildford Community Safety Specialist. Bawanjit is interested in a career with law enforcement
Outside of SCPS Bawanjit plays Ball Hockey at various leagues across the Lower Mainland and loves to weight lift. He is also a singer and music producer, He is trained in Punjabi Folk and Pop since the age of 11.
Jessy Johal, Community Safety Specialist
Jessy is enrolled in his final year at Simon Fraser University pursuing a degree in Criminology. Through his background in policy analysis and extensive commitment to organizations that focus on crime prevention, intervention, and research; he aims to enter a life of civil service.
Jessy joined Surrey Crime Prevention Society in the summer of 2015 as a Community Safety Volunteer and actively participated in the Community Safety Tours and Traffic Safety Programs. Through his leadership, he soon became Team Lead for both programs and has now joined the team as Community Safety Specialist. Jessy is an avid reader of fantasy, weightlifter, and a health enthusiast.
Sandip Rai, Community Safety Specialist
Sandip Rai has been a member of Surrey Crime Prevention Society since June of 2015. He was originally a volunteer with the Citizen’s Community Safety Watch Program, where he gained valuable experiences in the field. Because of his dedication and experience, Sandip was hired as the Community Safety Specialist for the newly formed South Surrey | Cloverdale Tours.
Sandip has been a proud resident of Surrey since he moved here from Vancouver 10 years ago. In that time he has been a part of several organizations that work to make Surrey a better place to live. These programs include SHaRP, Salmon Habitat Restoration Program, which works to provide local salmon populations with a healthy environment to grow by cleaning streams and replacing invasive plant species with native ones and Operation Save H2O, which educates people on how to decrease water usage.
Sandip aims for a career in By-law enforcement, which he has taken several courses for at the Justice Institute. In his free time Sandip enjoys reading and watching documentaries regarding history and archeology.