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Howard Blank – auctioneer extraordinaire for 20th anniversary gala

Howard is a solid partner for our team and has been in our corner from the get go. We are lucky to have him donate his time, energy and work for us. He will be conducting the live auction at our 20th anniversary gala fundraiser on December 1, 2017. Howard Blank has been a member of the gaming and entertainment industry for over 30 years. Howard is principal of Point Blank Entertainment, Senior Advisor at All-In Advisory Group and serves as Board member, spokesperson and advisor to Victory Square Technologies. Howard is proud to donate his time and efforts at over 75 charitable gala events each year. Howard currently serves as past President of Variety, B.C., and acts as Vice President for BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Board member for BC Foundation for the Arts, advisor to the MOB Museum in Nevada, and North West 9-11 Memorial Co-Chair. Howard is proud recipient of “The Lifetime Gaming Award” and “Philanthropy Award” from the Canadian Gaming Association; he has been honoured with Variety British Columbia’s “Angel” and “Barker of The Year” awards and “The Paul Harris Fellowship” honour from Rotary International. Howard has also been bestowed with the prestigious 2015 British Columbia […]


Odd Squad gala headlined by Hockey Night in Canada host Scott Oake

‘Back on Track’ event celebrates society’s 20th anniversary – still with the same VPD beat cops who started the society with a hard-hitting video on the reality of addiction Hockey Night in Canada host Scott Oake and his wife Anne will bring a personal perspective to the keynote speech at the Odd Squad Production Society’s 20th anniversary gala December 1, capping a day-long drug and gang prevention conference. Scott and Anne lost their 25-year-old son Bruce to a heroin overdose in 2011, and since then have been committed to making the tragic loss of their child into positive opportunities for others struggling with addiction. Global TV anchor Chris Gailus will be the gala’s master of ceremonies, auctioneer extraordinaire Howard Blank will conduct our live auction, while three-time Juno award-winning blues artist Jim Byrnes, special guest Paul Pigat, and All the Kings Men will perform. Funds will be raised for Odd Squad’s important drug education work. “We’ve come a long way from a group of seven VPD beat cops working the Downtown Eastside putting out our first film about the stark realities of drug addiction 20 years ago. We had no idea how to even use a video camera, but still […]


CBC News : ‘Odd Squad’ cops say prevention, not more harm reduction, needed for fentanyl crisis

“I don’t support elements of harm reduction that are legalizers in sheep’s clothing there,” says a retired police officer who served for many years on the Downtown Eastside. He’s part of the Odd Squad, a group that works on drug abuse prevention.

Read the original story on CBC: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/fentanyl-overdose-vancouver-odd-squad-1.3962727


Press Release

For Immediate Release A PRESENTATION EVENING WITH ODD SQUAD PRODUCTIONS SOCIETY AND JOHN VOLKEN ACADEMY Drug Education, Current Trends, & Protecting Kids   VANCOUVER, BC –  Friday, July 8, 2016 – Odd Squad Productions Society will host an evening presentation open to community leaders as well as the general public to discuss current drug trends and public health issues affecting Vancouver. The presentation will aim to inform and educate community members on how to encourage positive decision making in today’s youth. WHEN:   Monday July 11th, 2016 5:30 PM: Pre-presentation exclusively for government officials, members of the health community, law enforcement, corporate sponsors and media. 6:30 PM: General public presentation followed by questions. WHERE:   The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered charitable organization comprised of serving police officers, retired police officers, and volunteers.  For almost 20 years, Odd Squad Productions Society has been recognized as a leader in the field of drug and gang education for youth. Odd Squad ascribes to the notion that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ and that drug prevention programs are a more cost-effective and healthier investment for youth than treatment. This presentation provides an […]


Fentanyl crisis on the news

Fentanyl overdose calls plague fire crews in record-busy May Nearly 1,000 emergency calls were handled by a single fire hall last month, and officials say fentanyl is partially to blame. Vancouver Fire Hall 2 responded to 943 calls in May, breaking a record for most 911 calls in one month. “The call volume is getting to levels that are unheard of,” Robert Weeks, president of the Vancouver Firefighters Association, told CTV News. “If this continues, and we expect it to continue, (the call volume) is more than a lot of municipalities have in their whole fire service, in all their fire halls.” Source: ctvnews.ca First responders struggle to get a grip on fentanyl Paramedics, police officers, fire fighters gather in Victoria to discuss the death-dealing opiod ….. British Columbia’s first responders are struggling to deal with the ‘crisis situation’ that has developed since the arrival of fentanyl. The greatest challenge facing paramedics, police officers and fire crew is understanding how to deal with a drug that can be almost as deadly for the person handling it, as it is for the user. ….. One of the major concerns is skin contact with fentanyl. First responders are being advised to wear […]


VPD is asking parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of fentanyl

The Vancouver Police Department is asking parents to speak with their children about the dangers of fentanyl. Chief Constable Adam Palmer believes parents and caregivers have an important influence on their children’s lives, and that these kinds of conversations could make all the difference when teens are faced with difficult decisions. Original story: mediareleases.vpd.ca/….. Letter to parents from Chief Constable Adam Palmer: Dear Parents and Caregivers, We need your help. Many of you have probably heard about the rise in overdose deaths related to fentanyl throughout B.C. A large number of people who have died were not even aware they were taking fentanyl – you can’t smell it, taste it or see it. These were not hardened drug addicts, either – they were recreational drug users, youth, and business professionals. We are starting to see an increase in fentanyl use and overdoses in our youth, and we are very concerned. Fentanyl can be 40 to 50 times more toxic than heroin. Many teens seem to feel invincible and believe terrible things only happen to other people, which can make it a challenge for them to hear the safety message we’re trying to share. We believe that parents and caregivers have an […]


Testimonial by Kway Middle School principal Ms. Laurie Ebenal

“The Odd Squad presentation was well received by the entire Kwayhquitlum community. Parents, who attended the event, appreciated the authentic and real aspects of the presentation. Teachers and students were impacted by the stories of the people living with addiction on the downtown east side. The presentation had a raw element that did not sugar coat the potential direction drug use can take you. The teachers appreciated the educational and health aspect of the presentation and that you didn’t lecture to the students. Providing concrete facts and riveting stories allowed a platform for students to explore the information from a empowered position. Thank you once again.” Ms. Laurie Ebenal (Principal, Kway Middle School – SD43)


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 .


North Stars to partner with RCMP against drug abuse

Battlefords North Stars hockey team is starting a joint initiative with RCMP in Project First Goal to educate children against drug abuse. The project will see members of the North Stars travelling to Vancouver to see first hand the consequences of drug abuse, touring the downtown east side with the Odd Squad. The players will document their tour and bring back what they see and hear to local schools. The Regina Pats and the Saskatoon Blades are involved in this project. Read more at: www.newsoptimist.ca/…


End Gang Life: Myths & Realities

Doug Charlton spoke at a press conference today as Executive Director of Odd Squad and Producer of the End Gang Life: Myths and Realities video modules. Within a couple of hours of the official launch, the project is already having a huge impact and receiving national recognition. _____ We launched the videos this morning at a press conference and the story and the videos have already “gone national”. You’ll see it featured on local news over the next day or so, as well as some of the national news programs like CTV Newsnet. If the reaction over the last couple hours is any indication of the impact that these videos will have, I am positive that we will make a difference in the lives of many. In just a few short hours I’ve received calls and emails from the RCMP National Youth Services Section, the National Crime Prevention Centre, the national School Action of Emergencies (SAFE), and even the Ottawa Police Service. — Sergeant Lindsey Houghton, Media Relations Office, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – BC Watch Videos


End Gang Life! Educational Production

Odd Squad Productions, through the direct management of the Executive Director are currently working on a ground breaking educational production in conjunction with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) and Brightlight Pictures. When released these modules will be available across the Province and will continue to highlight the message to “End Gang Life”. The project team is working hard to have this delivered for the Fall of 2014. Watch the trailers…End Gang Life!