- Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Colleen attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario where she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts. Throughout her education and, after having moved to Vancouver, Colleen found employment in the military, health care and fitness industries which included hospitals, seniors’ homes and both clinical and retail fitness environments.
- In 1997, Colleen was hired by the Vancouver Police Department. While employed with the VPD, Colleen has taken on a variety of positions during her 20 years of service as a Police Constable. Colleen, who remains active in these policing duties, has been assigned to Patrol for 18 years, has acted as a Field Trainer for over 17 years, and she continues to operate as a Police Negotiator as she has done for the last 10 years.
- As a Police Constable assigned to operational duties in Patrol, Colleen is one of many first responders responsible for public safety. On a daily basis Colleen is dispatched to a great variety of calls for police service ranging in severity from minor civil disputes to serious crimes such as violent assaults and weapons related offences. As a Field Trainer, Colleen is tasked with safely exposing new police personnel to a life of policing while motivating them in the early years of their exciting careers. Finally, as a Police Negotiator, Colleen is challenged with the responsibility of creatively and tactically using effective communication skills in order to resolve stressful and serious incidents peacefully.
- Colleen has been the recipient of the Deputy Chief Constable’s Commendation and she has earned 4 Chief Constable Commendations. In 2013, Colleen received an Award of Valour from the Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General and Minister of Justice of British Columbia. This award is the highest award for a police officer in the Province of British Columbia.