Local Mounties recognized

Cloverdale staff and business supporters nominated too.

Local nominees for the SBOT’s 2011 Officer of the Year awards

They’re among Surrey’s finest, and they were all nominees for the 15th annual Surrey Board of Trade’s Police Officer of the Year Awards.

The awards highlight the superb calibre of work being done by Surrey’s RCMP officers, and their team of municipal employees, volunteers and business supporters.

Assistant Commissioner Fraser MacRae described all the nominees as “outstanding” and thanked all the staff and volunteers of the Surrey detachment for their enthusiasm and dedication.

Congratulations to the 2011 nominees from the Cloverdale/Port Kells community office. They were:

Staff/Sgt. Shirley Steele, who was nominated by the community for Police Officer of the Year.

Shona Yuzwa was a finalist in the Municipal Employee award category; She’s been the district coordinator since 1998, providing invaluable service to the community and the RCMP who have worked with her. Reliable and trustworthy, she is also responsible for hiring and training volunteers, training new staff and planning for community events and activities.

Constables Jean Bissonnette and Jeff McMichael were nominated for the Arnold Silzer Community Policing Initiative Award.

Andrea Dodd of Hyland House Cloverdale, a local homeless shelter, and Jen Temple, sales and marketing director for Trademark Group of Companies (Hillcrest) were finalists in the Police and Business Partnership Award.

Dodd has shown great leadership and has made outstanding efforts in the community that have provided safe shelter and assistance with community policing initiatives.

Temple has been proactive in reducing crime in the neighbourhood around the complex.

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