Each year the Dunbar Community Patrol (DCP) holds a social night to thank patrollers for volunteering their time to help keep the Dunbar neighbourhood safe. This year’s event was held on February 13, 2020 in the Fireside Room at St. Philip’s Anglican Church. It was extra special to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of DCP. Special thanks to the Dunbar Residents’ Association for financial assistance for the evening. In attendance were patrollers and spouses, Vancouver police officers, and board members of the Dunbar Residents’ Association.
The VPD were represented by Staff Sergeant Terry Yung of VPD Operations, Constable James Hooper of the Kerrisdale Oakridge Marpole Community Policing Centre, Constable John Gravengard, Musqueam liaison officer, Kyle Cabanilla, office coordinator of the KOM, and Flora Hsu, volunteers coordinator of the Kitsilano Fairview CPC. Members of the DRA who attended included president Bruce Gilmour and Marley, past president Colleen McGuinness, vice president Jan Alexander, and members-at-large Theresa Juba and Angus McIntyre. City councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung also attended the event.
The evening began with a welcome by Meredith Kimball, DCP chairperson. She presented patrollers Bridget Duckworth with her ten year certificate and Carmen Smith and Susan Spiro with their five year service ball caps. She also presented fifteen year certificates to patrollers who have been with the DCP since it was founded in 2005: Marlene Anderson-Joyce, Richard Dunsterville, Meredith Kimball, Michelle Lim, Gloria McCormack, George Pinch, Diane Verster, Jan Verster, and Kevin Wade. Marlene Anderson-Joyce was presented with a gift in recognition of her many contributions to the DCP. Marlene Anderson-Joyce then presented George Pinch with a special prize acknowledging his contribution of more than 900 patrol hours. She also gave a brief year in review report and introduced the VPD officers who answered questions from the audience.
During a break, everyone was able to visit and enjoy refreshments the coordinating committee members and Bridget Duckworth had made, as well as the special anniversary cake. After the break, coordinating committee members Gloria McCormack and Diane Verster presented prizes to patrollers who had made special contributions over the past year and door prizes to patrollers, spouses, and DRA Board members.
Sincere thanks to the local businesses and individuals who generously donated prizes: Stong’s Market (grand prize of a gift basket and two $25 gift certificates), Barktholomews Pet Edibles and Supplies Ltd., Benjamin Moore/West Side Painting and Decorating, Blight’s Home Hardware, Blink Beauty Bar, Bosley’s Pet Food Plus, Butter Baked Goods and Café, Celtic Treasures, The Cheese Inn, Christina’s Flower Shop, Crepe & Café, Digital Photo Station, Dunbar Dairy Queen, Dunbar Lumber Express, Dunbar Theatre, Handi Grill, K&K Pet Mart, La Notte Ristorante Italiano, Massage Therapy on Dunbar, Moke’s Pizza, Money’s Dry Cleaning, Phone Guru, Phonatic Noodle Shop, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Starbuck’s Coffee Company, Stylish Cut Haircuts, and Touch of Beauty Spa and Skin Care, Dunbar Residents’ Association, Marlene Anderson-Joyce, Bill Crockett, Bridget Duckworth, Greg Joyce, Meredith Kimball, Gloria McCormack, Colleen McGuinness, and Paul Wong. Special thanks also to patroller Bill Jan who has been the social night photographer for nine consecutive years.
The Dunbar Community Patrol was founded in 2005 as an initiative of the Dunbar Residents’ Association. This group of Dunbar residents volunteer each month to conduct walk or bike patrols and serve as extra eyes and ears for the Vancouver Police.
If you are interested in learning more or volunteering you can leave a phone message at 604-222-9824, send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dunbar-vancouver.org.