Ottawa Police has unveiled the members of its new community outreach group, as it tries to improve relationships with the capital's religious and racial minorities.
The new Community Equity Council will replace the Community Police Action Committee (COMPAC).
"COMPAC served this community for many, many years, and what we heard from our community was that we needed to evolve it," said Chief Charles Bordeleau. He says there wasn't anything wrong, per se, with the old committee but says that the new council aims to have broader representation from across the city."
"Before, we had individuals representing...different communities," said Bordeleau. "Now, the individuals that are at the table are representing different organizations and larger networks."
The council was set up partly in response to the death of Abdirahman Adbi, who died during a police interaction two years ago in Hintonburg.
"It was part of that consultation -- and others -- that we heard loudly from the community that we needed to evolve, and we've done so," said Bordeleau.
The Community Equity Council will consist of 12 members representing various community groups and organizations, along with nine police representatives and three Indigenous elders.
The community members are:
- Hector Addision, project coordinator at Somerset West Community Health Centre and founder of the African Canadian Association of Ottawa.
- Sahadatu Alolo works with the Multifaith Housing Initiative and is the secretary to the Ottawa Muslim Women's Organization.
- Huda Alsarraj is a Human Rights Officer at the National Council of Canadian Muslims.
- Malik Ayass is Executive Director of The Door/La Porte Youth Centre.
- Teresa Edwards is the Executive Director and Legal Counsel with the Legacy of Hope Foundation.
- Hodan Egale is President of the Somali Canadian Youth Centre and works for the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership.
- Gérard Etienne, a long standing leader in the Haitian Community is Associate Vice President of Learning with the Institute on Governance and is connected to the Pro-Active Education for All Children's Enrichment.
- Debbie Hoffman, Service Director at the Ottawa Children's Aid Society.
- Rawlson King, President of the Overbrook Community Association.
- Heidi Langille is a board member of the Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation and a longstanding member of the Ottawa Inuit community.
- Jalil Marhnouj, President of the Assunnah Muslim Association and Board Chair of the South East Ottawa Community Health Centre.
- Séverin Jr César Ndéma-Mousa is President of the North South Development Roots and Culture Canada.
The members from the Ottawa Police Service are:
- Steve Bell, Deputy Chief - Operations
- Mark Ford, Superintendent - Frontline
- Sterling Hartley, Superintendent - Training & Development
- Joan McKenna, Superintendent - Community Relations and Frontline Specialized Services
- Chris Renwick, Superintendent - Criminal Investigative Division
- Chris Rheaume, Superintendent - Support Services
- David Snoddy, Director - Community Development
- Ian Hayes, Staff Sergeant - Diversity and Race Relations
- Lisa Bianco, Program Manager - Equitable Work Environment
Three Elders representing the Indigenous people of Canada will also support the Council:
- First Nation Elder Irene Compton
- Inuit Elder Reepa Evic-Carleton
- Métis Elder Jo MacQuarrie