Rick Lavallee is the Aboriginal Liaison Officer in the Diversity and Aboriginal Policing Sector at the Vancouver Police Department. Rick provides support to youth focusing on healthy choices while maintaining the youth's unique cultural teachings and protocols.
Tracy Porteous has been working to improve the lives of children, youth and families in B.C. for more than 30 years. People have described her as the most innovative, passionate and principled advocate they have met. She has persisted in bringing forward difficult issues and standing up for unpopular ones such as the impact of cuts to services. She has overcome these challenges by being positive, diplomatic, engaging and presenting evidence based reasearch supporting her concerns.
In August 2010 the mass arrival of 25 Sri Lankan women and 47 children presented a unique challenge in providing child and family centred, culturally responsive services. The management and staff at the Ministry of Children and Family Development, (MCFD) developed a cohesive and collaborative response demonstrating strong team work, caring, compassion and professionalism. The staff at MCFD and the Burnaby Board of Education demonstrated an above and beyond approach in assisting the families to transition into their new lives in Canada.
The Aboriginal Infant Development Programs of B.C. (AIDP) adapt popular mainstream programs to become more meaningful and culturally relevant for the children and families they serve. The programs honour the teachings and traditions of Elders and ancestors while providing quality services and programs to Aboriginal children and families.