Attorney General Shirley Bond presented local resident Ron Shonk with the Ministry of Justice 2012 “Crime Prevention and Community Safety Award – Individual” on November 2 as part of Crime Prevention Week, November 1 to 7.
Awards are presented to individuals, agencies and programs in several categories. Nominations are submitted by peers throughout the province. They are reviewed by representatives from the provincial Safe Communities Working Group, and the recipients are then honoured at the annual BC Crime Prevention Association Symposium, held this year in Burnaby.
“The recipients of these awards have demonstrated how commitment, perseverance, and innovation in crime prevention efforts can help make communities in British Columbia safer,” Bond said. “These awards also remind us that we all have a role to play in helping to build safe communities where families can thrive.”
In addition to his lead role in creating PVPP, the Lower Similkameen’s Proactive Violence Prevention Project – endorsed by over 30 local agencies, organizations, and businesses – Ron was also cited for his creative work and cooperative spirit with and among community agencies throughout the south Okanagan and Similkameen. He is employed by Lower Similkameen Community Services as RCMP Victim Services Coordinator, in Keremeos.