Monthly Archives: December 2015


Blush Article about the “Odd Christmas Party”

Original article: blushvancouver.com/the-odd-christmas-party-an-evening-with-jim-byrnes/ Whether you have heard of them yet or not, Odd Squad members have been making a difference in our city’s most troubled area since 1997. A group of concerned Down Town East Side (DTES) beat cops decided to “take something out of that sordid mess that we were tasked with policing and make it positive” was how founding member and new Executive Director, Tobin Hinton, described the beginning. Operating as a charitable entity, the group does not receive any funding or financial support from the Vancouver Police Department and the contributors are made up of police officers, retired officers, and volunteers. This year’s annual Christmas fundraiser was held at Central City on Beatty Street and it was packed. Whether you have heard of them yet or not, Odd Squad members have been making a difference in our city’s most troubled area since 1997. A group of concerned Down Town East Side (DTES) beat cops decided to “take something out of that sordid mess that we were tasked with policing and make it positive” was how founding member and new Executive Director, Tobin Hinton, described the beginning. Operating as a charitable entity, the group does not receive any […]


The Odd Christmas Party Wrap

❆ The Odd Christmas Party Wrap ❆ Thanks for being there! ? Squad and XMAS party volunteers Donate Now View Event Photos We sincerely thank those who were able to join us on December 1 for the Odd XMAS Party. 200 guests enjoyed a magical night with friends, old and new, who assisted in raising $25,000 towards this year’s efforts with presentations. Odd Squad members intend to reach 20,000 kids by the end of June 2016 with their drug and gang presentations. It’s not too late to donate and your contribution goes a long way. Odd Squad members have been delivering valuable educational presentations to youth for 18 years. In order to keep the information current and timely for the kids, presentations and equipment needs to be upgraded and overhauled on a continual basis. It’s not too late to assist us with these costs.  For your donation, Odd Squad will provide the list of schools, interest groups and youth programs they present to by June 2016. You will also receive a charitable receipt for donations. 


Gangs & Guns Training Symposium

The 8th Annual Gangs & Guns Training Symposium by Safer Schools Together will be held on February 18th and 19th 2015 at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre. Full list of presenters and presentation descriptions are available here on the ticketing page: saferschoolstogether.com/event/gangs-guns-training-symposium-2016 .