On September 27th, 2013, Staff Sergeant Douglas Newman was honoured with a Diversity Award by the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies (AMSSA) of BC.
Staff Sergeant Newman volunteered with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) who nominated him for the award.
Steven Baileys from ICA provided the following quote:
“The individual AMSSA Service Recognition Volunteer Award went to Staff Sergeant Douglas Newman of Saanich Police. Staff Sergeant Newman is a long time ICA volunteer and has taken a leadership role in promoting diversity awareness within the Saanich Police, the Greater Victoria Police Diversity Advisory Committee and the diverse ethnocultural communities. Some of his many volunteer roles included being a participant in ICA’s Pen Pals Program and the Human Library Project, serving as Co-Chair of Greater Victoria Police Diversity Advisory Committee, member of Community Partnership Network advisory team, and police liaison at Interfaith Bridging events. Doug Newman has shown he is a true diversity champion committed to building relationships and increasing understanding between police and community.”
The AMSSA is a province-wide association that strengthens seventy plus member agencies who serve immigrants and build culturally inclusive communities. Further information can be found at www.amssa.org.
Staff Sergeant Newman was recognized for both his professional and personal work in bringing together and building relationships between the Saanich Police and the Community.
The awards committee felt that the programs that Staff Sergeant Newman has organized and initiated were innovative, fostered understanding and contributed greatly to diversity in the community.
The Saanich Police Department wishes to congratulate Doug for being a true champion of diversity, inclusion and community building. Although Doug has recently retired from our ranks, his efforts will not be forgotten. Saanich Police continue to foster a relationship with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA), who help individuals and organizations to connect across cultures.
Sgt. Steve Eassie #158 on behalf of Inspector Brett Fryer