Yearly Archives: 2012


Blog post @hummingbird604: OSP Celebrates 15 Years with a Gala Fundraiser

I first heard about Vancouver’s Odd Squad Productions Society (OSP) through both my friend Summer Dhillon and Jeremy Szafron. I recently found out that the Odd Squad Productions Society will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. A fabulous Gala Fundraiser will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre onThursday, June 7th at 5:00 pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Presented by CIBC Wood Gundy At Bental, and at the time of press supported by more than 25 corporate sponsors, the evening consists of a formal sit-down dinner, Live Auction, Silent Auction, and a few hidden surprises that have yet to be revealed. All proceeds fund Odd Squad’s efforts to keep youth gang-safe and drug-free. I just looked at some of the statistics they provided me, such as “60% of illicit drug users are between 15 to 24 years old”. It is definitely important to be proactive and empower and protect youth. The OSP educates young adults through film, presentations and workshops, and by providing peer mentoring support. Odd Squad’s vision is to design programs that honour and motivate youth, encourage them to set positive goals, lay their own path and stay On Track by keeping drug-free for a long and healthy life. The […]


Odd Squad gives Sutherland kids a glimpse of life as a street addict

North Vancouver students take a walk on the wild side BY NICHOLAS J. PESCOD, NORTH SHORE NEWS FEBRUARY 29, 2012 8:41 AM Students from North Vancouver’s Sutherland secondary take a tour of the Downtown Eastside with former Hell’s Angel Joe Calendino (far right) on Feb 18. Photograph by: NEWS photo , Nicholas J. Pescod VANCOUVER police officers from the Odd Squad have given 10 North Shore high school students a firsthand look at the harsh reality of drug and alcohol addiction. David Steverding, a Vancouver police officer and North Vancouver resident, was one of several Odd Squad members who took students from Sutherland secondary on an interactive tour of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside on Feb. 18. According to Steverding, it’s a privilege to live on the North Shore but drug abuse has no boundaries. “The fact remains there are still addiction issues no matter where you go, whether its the Downtown Eastside or the North Shore,” he said. “I don’t think there is enough educational influence . . . this is just an opportunity to provide one side of the addiction issue to students.” The Odd Squad was created in 1997 and was made up of seven officers from the Vancouver Police Department. […]