Karen Reid Sidhu, Executive Director
Karen is a senior development professional with over 25 years of experience spearheading projects within the private, public and not-for-profit sector.
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 campaigns and projects, resulting in increased public awareness and revenue streams that achieved or surpassed all goals both regionally and nationally.
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.
Parvir Gill, Interim – Manager Volunteer Resources | Administration
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.
Jen D’Souza, Manager Volunteer Resources | Administration – Currently on Maternity Leave
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.
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.
Haneet Gill, Community Safety Specialist
Haneet was a volunteer with Surrey Crime Prevention before she became a staff member. She began volunteering in 2015 as a Guildford foot tours volunteer. In June of 2016, she was hired for the HRSDC summer student program. After completing this program she was hired on as a regular staff member. Haneet is one of the coordinators for our Citizens Community Safety Watch and Foot Tours. She also helps out with any special events that we have.
Haneet is currently enrolled in her last semester of the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program at the Justice Institute of BC. She feels this is a beneficial stepping-stone for her pursuit of a career in policing. She also plays soccer outside of school and work.
Cindy Nguyen, Program Administrator
Cindy is currently enrolled at Simon Fraser University in pursuit of a degree in Criminology and aspires to pursue a career working with young offenders. Cindy began volunteering at Surrey Crime Prevention Society during the summer of 2015 and was part of the Community Safety Volunteer Tours Program. A year later, she was hired as a Program Administrator, working and supporting the administrative staff. She works closely with all staff and is responsible for maintaining statistical integrity and volunteer information to ensure accuracy in reporting.
In her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and also continues to volunteer with fundraising for Free the Children at SFU and supporting various events within her community and school.
Sunny Gill, Community Safety Specialist
Born and raised in Surrey, Sunny has a desire to improve his City and to ensure that its residents can live comfortably and be safe. Sunny has been a volunteer with Surrey Crime Prevention Society since June of 2012. During his time with SCPS, he has actively volunteered for various programs including the Downtown Surrey Community Safety Tours Program, Citizens Community Safety Watch, Youth Mentorship & Leadership Program and Various Special Events around the City. While in the Youth Mentorship Program, Sunny worked closely alongside youth-at-risk to demonstrate volunteerism and to ensure a positive influence in their lives.
Sunny has completed the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program from the JIBC and hopes to join the Canadian Police Force in the near future. Aside from SCPS, Sunny has worked in the Loss Prevention field since 2014. In his free time, Sunny enjoys taking his dog for runs, weightlifting at the gym and playing sports recreationally.
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.
Rachel Sy, Membership Administrator
Rachel Sy has been a member of Surrey Crime Prevention Society since May 2016. She began volunteering with the Guildford Community Safety Foot Tours and as an office volunteer.. As of January 2017, Rachel was hired as the Membership Administrator, responsible for assisting the Executive Director in contacting and communicating with businesses and community partners regarding membership opportunities with Surrey Crime Prevention Society.
Rachel graduated with a Joint Major of Arts in Criminology and Psychology from Simon Fraser University and an Associate of Arts Degree in Forensic Studies from Douglas College. Throughout her university experience, she has volunteered with various non-profit organizations including UNICEF SFU, Simon Fraser Public Research Interest Group (SFPIRG), and Power to Change SFU. She is also an active member of her local church, having previously volunteered as a Sunday School Teacher and Youth Leader, and is currently the Assistant Coordinator of her church’s Young Adults Ministry. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys drawing, painting, watching live performances and spending time with her family and friends.
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.