Lee-Ann Chevrette,Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Coordinator, presented a sobering but enlightening overview of the many faceted problem ( a huge challenge) of crime prevention in Thunder Bay. A holistic approach is required for sure, with the elements of creating public awareness, causation analysis, and program development to mitigate the many problems (which Lee-Ann tells us, are complex and pervasive, but occurring sadly throughout Canada) outlined today.

Her background in evidence based science, specifically the field of environmental/wildlife ecology, is of huge benefit, in that she can draw parallels between rural/wilderness animal  (and the environment) ecology and urban human "systems" ecology. Aberrations and losses in each sphere predictably result in many problems (hence crime in human society).

Lee-Ann reviewed the facts about Thunder Bay: sobering to say the least. Her focus is in upstream advocacy targeted at high risk populations. And the Advisory Committee for Crime Prevention has identified many of the sources of these problems, down to stats on neighbourhoods at risk, homelessness, drug and substance abuse, racism and others. The knowledge is evidence based, hence credible, and the strategic priorities make good sense.

She mentioned as a good example of positive feedback the work done ( by the City) on recommendations of the jury at the Seven Youths Inquest (31 of 145 total directed at Thunder Bay): water course and river safety surveillance, as well as missing persons protocol being mentioned in some detail.

Lee-Ann could have gone on much longer to enlighten the audience. maybe she will come back, hopefully.

She is pictured with President-elect Rod Morrison (L) who graciously introduced and thanked Lee-Ann, and President Warren Philp.