Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization, created in 1997 by seven Vancouver City Police Officers. Our goal is to empower youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behaviour through educational material as well as documentaries. Today’s youth face difficult choices, enormous peer pressure, and more readily available and potent mind-altering drugs than at any other time in history. Furthermore, we aim to educate the public about the devastating effects that high-risk behaviour has on members of our community. We are located in Vancouver, and thus, have a close connection to the streets of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and know what it’s really like for some people in the area. We use these often horrific stories at the forefront of our productions that are used to educate youth and stem change. Due to our success, have reach throughout Canada and even internationally. Odd Squad Productions Society has delivered our messages through award-winning and thought-provoking documentaries, educational presentations and peer to peer workshops which includes our highly effective Junior Hockey Mentorship Program. Odd Squad Productions Society is also working on creating awareness for social media addiction. We feel that this is a pressing issue and will only increase as technology is becoming an even greater part of our lives. Furthermore, we use a reality based approach to educate people in order to tackle some of the worst social issues threatening our communities today. Odd Squad Productions Society firmly believes in the value of prevention and education in order to keep our youth safe.
- EDUCATES youth on avoiding risky behavior
- EMPOWERS them to make positive choices
- IMPACTS by encouraging long, healthy lives
Odd Squad Productions Society knows that drugs have no boundaries. Our mission is to empower youth to create lifelong changes regarding drug use and criminal behavior for themselves, their peers, and their communities. Young people must know the real effects they face and the risks attached should they decide to use drugs.
Clearly, education and prevention is a good thing, and Odd Squad Productions Society wants to prevent children and youth becoming involved in gangs or using drugs. Once a young person or young adult truly understands the consequences to using drugs, as it relates to their life and those around them, they usually make better decisions around risky behaviour. It is on this basis that our program was developed almost 20 years ago and has continued to see success with youth throughout Canada.
The key to our success is both in the content and delivery of the program. Our interactive presentations and practical sessions contain simple, true information about the physical and mental effects of drugs, as well as other social issues related to drug use. The delivery of the program includes a walkabout in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and interaction with individuals battling drug addiction on the street.
Our educators provide a realistic picture of drug use. Odd Squad Productions Society doesn’t just tell kids to “say no”; we educate them to come to that conclusion on their own, and more importantly, show them how to say no and what exactly they are are saying no to.
|Board of Directors||OSP Members||Back on Track Committee|
|Diana Zoppa, President
Kris Pope, Vice President
Richard Robins, Treasurer
Dr. Sheldon Howard
Tammy Morrey, Secretary
Chris Graham, General Manager
Toby Hinton, Executive Director
Plus Many Friends and Volunteers
Diana Zoppa, Chair
Dr. Sheldon Howard