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“I bought the VHS Tap of “Through a Blue Lens” When it first came out, I believe in 1999. My kids and I watched it about once a year. It really touched my heart. I never stopped thinking about all those people especially Nicola. I still wonder about her today. I found someone had taken a photo of her as recent as 2010 still in Vancouver. I feel so bad for all the people that fall victim to the drug dealers and these horrible drugs that take over our young peoples minds and body and make it next to impossible to stop and live a healthy normal life. It is so sad. Thanks so much to the Odd Squad for teaching me and my children so much about this scary world of drug use; and thanks to those drug users that care enough about other kids and shared their stories to try and make a difference.” J.B. – Michigan, U.S.A.   “Just want to say how great I think your videos are. I show Through a Blue Lens to my grade 8 class every year and it really makes them think. Several students have thanked me years later when they’ve been […]

Recent Testimonials from OSP’s Facebook Page



Odd Squad Productions Society Celebrates 15 years with a Gala Fundraiser    For Immediate Release  (Vancouver, BC) – Vancouver’s Odd Squad Productions Society (OSP) is proud to announce the celebration of its 15th anniversary this year. A prestigious Gala Fundraiser will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Thursday, June 7th at 5:00 pm. 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. With disturbing statistics, such as “60% of illicit drug users are between 15 to 24 years old”, there is a critical need to be proactive and protect youth. The OSP educates young adults through film, presentations and workshops, and by providing peer mentoring support. In 2011, 1,000 guests supported OSP by attending the annual gala and contributing to OSP’s most successful fundraising effort ever. Fifty corporate sponsors jumped on board alongside sport celebrities Chris Le Bihan (2010 Olympic Bronze Medallist), and Sonja Gaudet (2010 Paralympic Gold Medallist).The evening ended with Holly Cole […]

Working Diligently At Keeping Kids Safe and Drug Free


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 […]

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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. […]

Odd Squad gives Sutherland kids a glimpse of life as ...




Dear Toby and team, I wanted to send a note expressing my thanks for the Tears for April production. As you may know, I was formerly at the VPD in Planning and Research for several years, but in 2010 moved down to Seattle to teach at Seattle University for the year. One of my teaching assignments was Criminal Law, in which we explored the laws surrounding ‘victimless’ crimes, with a specific focus on drug possession and addiction. As I’m sure you know, the US laws concerning drug possession have resulted in a significant increase in the number of individuals sentenced to prison, putting strain on the criminal justice system in numerous ways. My intention with showing this film was to bring the discussion back from examining the laws in place, to considering the human side of addiction and the need for more problem-oriented responses. My undergraduate students in the Criminal Law class were asked to put together a ‘reflection statement’ following their viewing of the film. I thought it would be appropriate to share just a few of their comments with you. I should note as well that I also showed this video in my graduate class on Law and […]

Testimonial #7


I could hear my heart thumping in my inner ear, like it was about to explode. My palms were slick with sweat. Perspiration had dripped from my forehead into my eyes, making me partially blind. It was almost as bad as that time I accidentally pepper-sprayed myelf. I struggled to focus, adjusting my grip and locking my fingers under foot to control the left leg, which was contorted and kicking toward the back of my head. I looked around for some guidance, but found none. It was clear nobody was coming Code Three to bail me out of this one. I could see Constable Tyler Urquhart, my good friend and former partner, out of my blurry left eye. He was in rough shape. To my left was Sergeant Mark Steinkampf, doubled over and panting, with both hands on his knees. In front of me, the Great Toby Hinton —  judo master — looked like he was about to lose his lunch. Here were two of the toughest street cops I know, reduced to trembling legs and pools of sweat. In one last effort, I adjusted my grip and regained my balance.  I leaned forward and kicked my right leg back while stretching my left […]

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North Vancouver RCMP Const. Christy Mohr escorted senior students from Saint Thomas Aquinas high school on a tour of the Downtown Eastside last month.   By Maria Spitale-Leisk – North Shore Outlook Published: December 07, 2011 1:00 PM Updated: December 07, 2011 4:54 PM When parents and educators preach to teens about the perils of drug abuse it often fosters curiosity. Armed with this information, seven Vancouver Police Department​ officers developed a program 14 years ago that exposes teens to the raw side of drug addiction by immersing them on the streets of the Downtown Eastside for an afternoon. The intent is that students will then report their experience to classmates and peers. VPD Const. David Steverding is a member of the volunteer-run Odd Squad Productions Society that runs the program. His niece attends Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in North Vancouver. This fall, Steverding approached the school’s administration to gauge their interest in participating in a pilot project for North Shore schools. They bit. STA law teacher Greg McCaffery helped handpick a dozen Grade 11 and 12 students for the program. On a Saturday morning in early November the students ditched a hallmark of their Catholic school education. There […]

STA students learn about the grim reality of drug addiction


THE WEB MARKETING ASSOCIATION IS PROUD TO PRESENT THIS 2011 WEBAWARD For Outstanding Achievement in Web Development WINNER NAME Cowie and Fox http://www.cowieandfox.com/ WINNING ENTRY Odd Squad Productions AWARD Outstanding Website TEAM Creative Direction and Production: Lance Cummings Creative Direction and Content Management: Dani Elias ABOUT THE CLIENT Odd Squad Productions empowers youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behaviour through documentaries and education. Click to visit our website: http://www.webaward.org/ Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association’s annual WebAward Competition has been setting the standard of excellence for Website development. Independent expert judges from around the world review sites in 96 industries. The best are recognized with a WebAward which helps interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world. The WebAward Competition is the premier award recognition program for Web developers and marketers worldwide.

OSP WINS A 2011 WebAward!



After 10 years at our 516 Abbott Street location……WE’RE MOVING!!!! Don’t worry; we’re not going very far. On August 1, 2011 we will be closing our doors at our current location and moving just 1 block away to our new, larger location at 190 Keefer Place! The new location will be 3 times the size of our current location! You can check on our website for details or give us a call if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to the move and to having more room to continue our role as a leader in reality-based education for youth on the dangers of substance abuse and criminal behaviour. New Address: 190 Keefer Place, Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J6

We’re Moving


– Let Me Up!, a gritty look at the world of gang violence and addiction, May 26-28 at 7 p.m. at Sutherland secondary. Free. Tickets: letmeup@nvsd44.bc.ca.Info: yobroyouthinitiative.wordpress.com. When Joe Calendino talks, youth listen. A former full-patch member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club — Nomads chapter — he’s also overcome addiction. Working with staff at his old high school, Vancouver’s Templeton secondary, the 44-year-old Surrey resident turned his life around and now shares his personal story of downward spiral, recovery and redemption in an effort to inspire and empower youth to cope positively with peer pressure. Calendino is the founder of the Yo Bro Youth Initiative, a prevention-based program focused on helping youth say “no” and make safe and healthy choices for the benefit of themselves, their families and communities. Through speaking engagements, martial arts programs, a classroom curriculum, and ongoing work with youth groups, he’s interacted with thousands of both at-risk and general population students throughout the Lower Mainland. Let Me Up!, a play inspired by his life, is being presented at North Vancouver’s Sutherland secondary this week. Students from North and West Vancouver will attend two matinees. Students, parents, teachers and other community members are invited to attend […]

True grit



Rotarians from across the province converged on the River Rock Casino Resort for the annual Rotary District 5040 Conference 2011. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate the year with fellow Rotarians and to recognize the successes of the individual clubs,” said Penny Offer, District 5040 governor. “More than 230 members came to network, listen to some great guest speakers and to acknowledge some Rotary milestones.” The weekend-long conference is a long-standing tradition for Rotarians and besides being a great opportunity to gather together with friends from across B.C., it also serves to motivate club members to continue their good work, said Offer. The conference’s theme this year was “I care, I inspire, I act, I Rotary,” and key to this was to highlight the many good deeds carried out on behalf of Rotary International, including its “extremely successful polio eradication project.” “Our local Rotary clubs have raised more than $140,000 for the polio campaign,” she added. “It’s an ongoing annual campaign.” Danny Catt, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar at the College of African Wildlife Management in Tanzania (1991-92), shared his stories and photographs from his travels around the globe. “He is a world traveller and renowned photographer, whose pictures have been published […]

Rotary conference aimed at caring, inspiring


Three Vancouver Police officers will receive the Governor General’s Order of Merit of the Police Forces awards. The Governor General’s office Monday announced that 44 officers from municipal, regional and RCMP forces will receive the awards created in 2000 to recognize merit and exceptional service by police officers whose contributions to policing extended beyond protection of their communities. Vancouver Deputy Police Chief Warren Lemcke will be made an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Sgt. Tobin Hinton and Superintendent Andrew Hobbs will be made Members of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. The announcement comes at the beginning of National Police Week. gbellett@vancouversun.com © Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Vancouver+police+officers+honoured/4792262/story.html#ixzz1NOieYRo1  

Vancouver Police officers honoured