Awards and Recognition

PLEA's Ann Alexander is nominated for the YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award

On March 11th, International Women’s Day we received notification that Ann Alexander has been nominated for the YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award for the Non-Profit category.  The nomination references her history of innovative programming and youth justice leadership. She is deservedly amongst prestigious company. The awards dinner takes place June 8 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  Congratulations, Ann!

PLEA's Tim Agg is awarded the Award of Distinction for the Ministry of Justice

We are delighted to announced that Tim Agg was recently awarded the Award of Distinction from the Ministry of Justice for his lifetime commitment to crime prevention and community safety. Tim has dedicated his entire working career to enhancing community safety and has worked tirelessly to make positive changes for youth involved in the justice system.

This award is a fitting tribute as he moves towards retirement in June 2016

PLEA's Steve Quinlan is named Inspiring Social Worker of the Year

On September 8th, 2015 at UBC, Steve Quinlan received the 2015 Inspiring Social Worker of the Year Award. He also delivered the Paul Cheng Memorial Lecture to a large gathering of social work students attending an orientation day for the new academic year. This new award is in memory of Paul Cheng, a social worker and alumnus of the School of Social Work.  It is co-hosted by the School and the BC Association of Social Workers.    

The themes of Steve’s presentation are familiar to us and important to those aspiring to be social workers:   the importance of outreach and strengths-based work;  asking those we serve what they want and need;  listening carefully to what they are telling us;  the importance of aftercare.  He learned early in his career that it was important to “check in with kids to see how they are doing, not check up on kids to see what they’re doing.”  Steve’s discussion of CAMS (Case Administration Management System) underlined the importance of technology supporting our work with people, rather than technology ruling us.

To read more about CAMS, click here.
To watch Steve's presentation, click here

PLEA’s Ann Alexander receives 2013 Crime Prevention and Community Safety Award

Through her exemplary leadership, Ann has made outstanding contributions to crime prevention and community safety. This perseverance throughout many years of service and her innovation has encouraged others, both nationally and internationally.  Ann has not only created an outstanding legacy for PLEA Community Services of BC, but for community capacity building with regards to Youth Justice and Crime Prevention in general.  Her beliefs in providing effective community based programming, has allowed her to effectively promote community safety by supporting youth’s rehabilitation and reintegration within the community. This award is decided by The Ministry of Justice appreciating the many dedicated British Columbians that make outstanding contributions to crime prevention and community safety.

PLEA's Tim Agg becomes one of two Honorary Fellows of Douglas College

Tim Agg was made one of the first two Honorary Fellows of Douglas College in 2011. Given that Honorary Fellow is the highest award that can be confered by a College in BC, this is a singular honour. In addition to the innovative and effective program delivery Tim has pioneered at PLEA, the College elected to highlight the contributions he has made as Chair of their Youth Justice Advisory Committee, the two college endowments he has established and the facilitation of dozens of student practicum placements. In conferring the honour, Douglas College President Scott McAlpine described Tim as a ‘fierce and respected community leader.’

PLEA's Career Path Program wins the Innovative Services Award for Excellence, sponsored by the Representative for Children and Youth

We are very proud to report that the PLEA Career Path Program has won the Innovative Services Award of Excellence for 2013. 

Sponsored by the Representative for Children and Youth, the awards recognize people or programs for the excellence of their contribution to the improvement of the lives of children and youth in BC. The Career Path Program was nominated in the category that calls for “An outstanding program that makes a difference in the lives of youth and increases the efficiency and effectiveness of front line service delivery.”

Created and nurtured by PLEA’s Associate Executive Director Ann Alexander, MCFD Youth Probation Officer Kim Marcotte and Matt Hamilton for operating the program - Career Path became the first wrap-around program that Vancouver Youth Probation Officers believe addresses criminogenic needs individually and successfully.

Career Path collaborates with, and supports, employers who offer employment preparation and apprenticeship programs and are willing to mentor participants in the workplace. This in turn enhances their future job prospects thereby reducing the chance of them participating in high risk behaviour in the future.