Friday, March 3, 2017

What's Happening !

As we move into the month of March, many of us are looking forward to spring !  The winter months in western and northern Canada can be long and cold. Our women police officers continue to work in all kinds of conditions keeping our communities safe.

I wanted to acknowledge some of the accomplishments of two dedicated members:

Cst Linda Malcolm of Vancouver Police Department received her 35 year Exemplary Service Medal
from Chief Adam Palmer in January 2017

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan set to retire in March 2017
 after 35 years of dedicated service

On February 22nd, police agencies across Canada supported the anti-bullying campaign, Pink Shirt Day in taking a stand against all forms of bullying in our communities.  Hats off to all who participated !

RCMP in British Columbia

Winnipeg Police Service

And for a final note of inspiration, a two women officers from Saskatoon Police Service police officers attended their local girl guide chapter and were surprised by the response they received.   Just a reminder to all of us that wear the uniform, we make a difference every day!

Thank you note on Twitter from Girl Guides in Saskatoon

Monday, January 2, 2017


Welcome to 2017 !

As we say good by to 2016, I wanted to reflect on the many events that have occurred in our Region and across Canada.  I want to commend all who work in law enforcement as working in our chosen profession is challenging but also very rewarding.  I want to highlight some of those positive things our members do everyday.
2016 was a centennial year for women police officers from two major police forces in Canada, the Montreal Police Service and the Winnipeg Police Service.  In 1916, women police officers joined the ranks along side their male counterparts with pride. The roles of those first women officers were very different than of today's modern policewomen but what remains a constant is the underline commitment  to keep our communities safe.  
Throughout 2016, the Winnipeg Police Service Police Women's Network hosted various events to recognize a "century of women in blue". To end 2016 on a high note, the Honorable Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Janice Filmon opened her home to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women police officers on December 8th, 2016.   IAWP President Margaret Shorter joined us in Winnipeg to celebrate our centennial.  It was a beautiful evening that brought together many current and retired women members sharing their stories and celebrating  their accomplishments.  
Women of the Winnipeg Police Service
&  IAWP President Margaret Shorter
Winnipeg Police Service Supt Pilcher
 Honourable Lt Governor of Manitoba Janice Filmon
Many milestones were recognized across western/northern Canada and I would like to congratulate all who achieved personal and professional milestones.   Here are just a few of the many milestones:

Regina Police Service Supt Morin
30 year Exemplary Service Medal
December 2016

Vancouver Police Department members Exemplary Service Medals
Honourable Lt Governor of British Columbia Judith Guichon
November 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Patrol Sgt Turner
IAWP 2016 Leadership Award
October 2016
I would like to also recognize the great work that many are doing out in their communities. Everyday actions that are making the difference; being in our communities and celebrating events
Moose Jaw Police Service
 Car Seat Safety Inspections
December 2016

Career Day events promoting women officers working in
Emergency Services in Saskatchewan
November 2016
Regina Police Service
National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 2016
Pride Celebrations in Alberta
RCMP Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan 
July 2016

Pride Celebrations - Edmonton Police Service
July 2016

Women officers of Vancouver Police Department
Summer 2016

RCMP members at Juno Awards in Calgary
April 2016
Winnipeg Police Service
Anti-Bulling Campaign - Wear Pink Day
February 2016
RCMP Alberta - Anti-Bullying Campaign
RCMP Yukon - Whitehorse
February 2016

To those who are interested in this year's IAWP training conference in Cairns, Australia, please do not hesitate to reach out to the organizing committee.  The chosen theme “Global Networks: Local Law Enforcement” was selected to highlight the importance of partnerships and celebrate the cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the community around the globe.  Please visit their website at for complete details.  Conference is from September 17 to 21, 2017 - hope to see some of you there!


For those who won't be able to attend Cairns, you will be happy to know that IAWP 2018 training conference will be held in Calgary, Alberta from August 26-30, 2018.  IAWP 2018 conference is being hosted by the Calgary Police Service.  For anyone that has been to Calgary in the summer, it is a great time to see Alberta so please save the date in 2018.

Starting January 1st, 2017 nominations are open for the IAWP Awards of Excellence.  New in 2017, is an  award to recognize a male officer or civilian employed by a law enforcement agency or police force, who has made a significant contribution and commitment to the advancement of women in policing. The IAWP recognizes the important role men play in improving policing for women officers and/or civilian employees, such as implementing employment policies and practices, recruitment or training in order to redress gender discrimination, or the active advancement of women in policing.  

Please have a look at the IAWP website to review the many categories and please do not hesitate to contact me to assist you in preparing your nomination. 

I encourage all our members to send me information about the many activities going on in our Region. As well, a reminder that IAWP's quarterly magazine called WomenPolice is always looking for articles and ideas to share with our colleagues from around the world.
I look forward to working with all of you in the future. All the best in 2017!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year - 2016 is Here!

Hello everyone - I'd like to introduce myself, I'm Sgt Lisa Mandziak and I am your Region 12 Coordinator.   I have been active with IAWP for many years and  I look forward to representing Region 12 along with sharing the stories of our Region.

As we are closing the 100th year of IAWP, I would like to reflect on the many accomplishments of everyone with the. IAWP family.  Congratulations to all who achieved personal and professional milestones in 2015.

Presentation of Letter from Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper recognizing 100th Anniversary of IAWP in Cardiff 2015

I would like to encourage our members to send me information about the many activities going on in our Region and a reminder that IAWP's quarterly magazine- WomenPolice is also was looking for articles and ideas to share with our colleagues from around the world.  

As well, starting January1st, 2016 - nominations open for the IAWP Awards. Please have a look at the IAWP website  to review the many categories and please do not hesitate to contact me to assist you in preparing your nomination. 

I look forward to working with all of you in the future. All the best in 2016! 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Final message from Sandra

Hi Region 12.  This will be my final message as your Regional Coordinator.  As of the end of the IAWP 2015 Conference, Sergeant Lisa Mandziak was acclaimed as the new Region 12 Coordinator.  Lisa has been travelling to conferences and board meetings for the past several years and will be a great representative for us.

I am honoured to take on a new role with the board as Third Vice President. 

Congratulations to past Region 12 Coordinator...and past First Vice President...Margaret Shorter who is our new President for IAWP.  Margaret

Also ....huge congratulations to Calgary Police who will be IAWP 2018.  Go Region 12!  I think this will make us the Region to have hosted the most conferences.

Check back soon for the updates from Lisa!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Happy February!

Beautiful downtown Vancouver on a serene Sunday evening over Christmas break.
February is upon us and it is only a few weeks until IAWP launches another ground breaking event.  To celebrate 100 years, the IAWP board will come together for four (4) days of meetings instead of our usual two (2).  Two full days will be devoted to strategic planning ...setting the course for the organization and another 100 years!  The two days of strategic planning will be followed by the usual two meeting for the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.  It will be a fun but very busy week. 
Be sure to check back on the website for further updates.
Until next time....
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
Helen Keller

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Congratulations IAWP! 100 years young!

In 2015 let's resolve to do much together! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hey Winnipeg...are you ready for IAWP 2014?

It all starts here in one week time!  IAWP 2014 will open with our traditional Parade of Nations, hosted this year in conjunction with the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police Memorial Day Service.  Thank you very much to all of those people who work at the Legislative Building to assist us with the preparation.
So Winnipeg...are you ready for all that IAWP brings to the city?  To borrow a great idea from our friends at the Winnipeg Free Press here is a glimpse of the IAWP 2014 by the numbers:
620 delegates (and will likely still grow) will attend
51 countries will be represented
6 agencies have worked to make this a reality, including the Winnipeg Police Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police D Division, Brandon Police Service, Correctional Service of Canada, Canadian Boarder Service Agency, and Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba
112 Future Women in Law Enforcement Delegates
560 Twitter Followers @IAWP2014
25 Sponsors
61 Speakers
6 venues around the city (not including tours outside of the city for companions)
2 Volunteer Orientation sessions
Over 100 volunteers
40 months total of planning and meetings
This is the largest gathering of law enforcement in this city to date.  We hope that you are prepared to welcome IAWP 2014...because they are excited to be here!