Annette Vogt is the Executive Coordinator of the Centre for Safe Schools and Communities and a Sessional Instructor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley. Since 2004, Annette has worked with a range of community groups, government, students, and academics to promote the well-being of children and youth through a focus on safe, inclusive and socially ‘just’ schools and communities. Annette completed a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a special focus on examining school safety and school engagement as protective factors for children and youth. She presents at local and international events, sits on various community-based, regional, and provincial committees, has authored various publications, and enjoys mentoring university students through the various aspects of her work at UFV.
CENTRE’S AFFILIATED FACULTY
Dr. Irwin Cohen
Dr. Irwin M. Cohen is the University of the Fraser Valley’s Senior University Researcher, RCMP Crime Reduction. Dr. Cohen received his PhD from Simon Fraser University for his work on the disutility of state torture. Dr. Cohen has also published many scholarly articles and book chapters, delivered many lectures, conference papers, and workshops, and written policy reports on a wide range of topics including policing issues, restorative justice, serious and violent young offenders, Aboriginal victimization issues, and terrorism. Dr. Cohen has been the co-principle investigator on dozens of research projects on a wide range of policing, youth, public policy, and Aboriginal issues. For his research in to binge drinking, Dr. Cohen received the 2007 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Citizens of Distinction Award for Research Prevention/Education.
Yvon Dandurand is a criminologist, member of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Associate of the Centre for Safe Schools and Communities at the University of the Fraser Valley. He specializes in comparative criminal law and criminal justice research and has been extensively involved in numerous juvenile justice reform and policy development projects in Canada and abroad. He has developed and implemented assessment tools and performance indicators and other monitoring mechanisms in the areas of chid protection and juvenile justice. One of his publications is a report on Criteria for the design and evaluation of juvenile justice reform programs for the Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice. He also participated in the development of the Mapping and Assessment Toolkit for child protection systems published by UNICEF. He recently worked as the UNODC lead consultant for the development of the United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
Dr. Hayli Millar
Hayli Millar has a PhD in law from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a MA in criminology from Simon Fraser University, Canada and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of the Fraser Valley. Her research expertise broadly encompasses comparative and international criminal law, criminal justice policy reform, transitional justice and human rights. Hayli’s current research projects concerning children and youth include exploring how the ‘best interests of the child’ are considered in relation to adult criminal justice decision-making from the point of parental arrest through to release and reintegration (Hayli Millar and Yvon Dandurand, 2014-2016). Another research project is investigating youth cybercrime and victimization for diverse criminal purposes, including applicable policies and laws (Zina Lee & Hayli Millar, 2014-2015).
Dr. Zina Lee
Zina Lee, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley. She completed her graduate degrees in law and forensic psychology, and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology. Dr. Lee teaches courses in research methodology, quantitative statistics, young offenders, psychological explanations of crime, and mental disorder. Her primary research interests include the assessment and developmental expression of psychopathic personality traits and aggression in youth. Other research interests include deception, false confessions, and program evaluation.
Amanda V. McCormick
Amanda V. McCormick is a faculty member in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley where she teaches courses related to social policy, young offenders, and mental health issues related to crime. She is also a Research Associate with the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research and the UFV Centre for Safe Schools and Communities. Her research interests focus on policing strategies, at-risk youth, and mental health issues among serious and violent young offenders. Amanda is also a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University where she is completing her dissertation on personality disorders and serious and violent young offenders.
Barbara Salingré is an advisor in the Teacher Education Department. In her faculty role she provides educational counselling to diverse prospective teacher candidates, including supporting them during their transformational journey as beginning professionals in the field. Barbara’s background includes a Master of Education from SFU and work experience in guidance counselling and special education. Her research interests are student success and retention, and identity development of future teachers. Barbara’s work at UFV has allowed her to engage prospective teacher candidates in developing their dispositions to become effective and forward-thinking educators. She has been able to connect students, teachers and administrators with resources, professional development and mentoring opportunities, which has also helped the interdisciplinary work of the CSSC Advisory group. Most recently, Barbara worked on a research project assessing the effectiveness of admission variables to predict future success in an education program.
Les has degrees in both Special Education and Educational Psychology. He is a Certified School Psychologist and certified as a teacher in the K-12 school system. Les has worked with a wide variety of children with special needs in many age levels. This has allowed him to work side-by-side with several CYC practitioners over the past years. He has been a researcher for a pilot program providing sexual abuse prevention training to children with special needs. In 2007, Les used his sabbatical activities to work with Sto:lo Nation people in the Fraser Valley and wrote curriculum for the Child and Youth Care program in Aboriginal perspectives. He has been the President of the Board at the Abbotsford Youth Commission for a number of years. In 2009 and 2010 Les was appointed to the Abbotsford Mayor’s Task Force on Crime Reduction where he represented youth perspectives related to crime in the city. In June 2011 Les was honoured as a recipient of the Order of Abbotsford by Abbotsford’s City Council.
Anastasia Anderson, Philosophy Department
Dr. Michelle Superle, English Department
CENTRE’S AFFILIATED STUDENTS
Nikki has been extensively involved in a specialized area of research at UFV pertaining to justice-involved parents in terms of its effect on their children. She has also gained field experience and a passion for supporting these at-risk families and children through her work with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Vancouver. After completing her undergraduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Nikki looks forward to attending law school with the goal of advocating for criminal justice sentencing pattern changes; especially for women who have committed non-violent offences, to minimize traumatization of their children and to ensure they receive the needed supports.
Jessica Jahn aspires to create a lasting contribution to social progress by focusing on evidence-informed strategies to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals. As the Communications Coordinator for UFV’s Centre for Safe Schools and Communities, a Criminology and Criminal Justice student, and volunteer for the Correctional Service of Canada, Jessica has expanded her theoretical and professional understanding of the criminal justice system. Further, she plans on pursuing a Master of Arts in Criminology. After graduation, Jessica hopes to conduct research on at-risk youth, the best practices in policing, and victims’ rights.
Amrita has a special interest in researching the topic of bullying, particularly looking at evidence based solutions that have been recommended by experts in the field. Amrita was given the opportunity to co-coordinate UFV’s anti-bullying day for her second year practicum. She produced a fact sheet about relational aggression in post-secondary institutions as a resource for UFV students. Amrita’s fourth year practicum with Surrey Crown Counsel has helped strengthen her resolve towards pursuing a career in law. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Degree, and aspires to attend law school in the near future. Amrita also has an interest in public speaking, as she has earned her Competent Communicator Certification through her Toastmasters International Club.
Shawnda’s passion for working with high-risk youth started about 12 years ago when she briefly volunteered at the Prince George Youth Custody Centre. Since then she has continued to volunteer or work predominantly with high-risk youth in East Vancouver and in Out of School programs in day care centers in White Rock and Maple Ridge. She has completed two bachelor degrees in Art and Child and Youth Care. Shawnda claims it was predominately through her practicum placements at the Youth Resource Centre and the UFV Centre of Safe Schools and Communities in Abbotsford that she was able to combine previous experience, theoretical knowledge, and critical thinking skills to inform her professional practice. Following graduation, her professional goal is to work with youth involved with the criminal justice or foster care system.
Jess is motivated to improve the lives of individuals who are vulnerable, neglected, or forgotten. Having developed strong aspirations to listen to those who are often neglected, address reasons why they are being forgotten, and empower individuals to create positive change so that they can achieve self-efficacy, Jess plans to find work that will empower youth to act as ‘gatekeepers’ within their peer and family systems, for mental health and addiction related concerns. Graduating in June 2014, Jess is a fourth year UFV student in the BA Child and Youth Care program with an Extended Minor in Criminology. She eventually plans to continue her education through a Masters of Law and is also considering completing a PhD in the future.
Toby is a third year UFV student in the Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice program and is pursuing a Minor in Sociology. Working with UFV’s Centre for Safe Schools and Communities has provided him with valuable professional experience and has allowed him to connect theories and strategies to real life experience. He has coached high school rugby in Maple Ridge for the past three years and plans to begin coaching with the Vancouver Police Rugby Club in inner city schools throughout Vancouver. This facilitates his interactive approach to working with youth through social development. Toby hopes to continue his work in the future through working one on one with at-risk youth and intends to work towards fostering a positive connection between youth, social workers, the criminal justice system, and the community.
Anna is passionate about programs and resources that provide vulnerable individuals with the opportunity to succeed. She hopes to make a positive impact in the lives of people in prison who are suffering from a mental illness or emotional management issues. Anna has spent time researching employment opportunities for offenders, cyber bullying, and online harassment, and plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2015, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. Following her graduation, she hopes to continue conducting research, work in the criminal justice system, and volunteer.
Marie Verbenkov is a student at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) where she is scheduled to graduate in December 2014 with her Bachelors of Arts Criminal Justice Degree, a Psychology Extended Minor, and an Intermediate certificate in French. Through her studies and life experiences she has become an extremely passionate individual to promote respect for international human rights and sustainable human development. She worked for the UFV’s Centre for Safe Schools and Communities assisting in the development of various resources pertaining to child rights for the public safety and health field. After graduating, Marie would like to continue her education and pursue a career that makes a meaningful difference.