“To Remember Our Fallen Heroes”

Board Members

G. Shawn Coady, MOM CD

Director: G. Shawn Coady, MOM CD

Email: president@memorialribbon.com

Shawn joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1990 after 4 years with BC Corrections at the Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Centre (Oakalla). He returned to the VPD, as the Subject Behaviour Officer Response Report Co-ordinator, after working for two years with the Integrated Security Unit preparing for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Prior to working with the RCMP on the Olympics he worked in the Vancouver Gaol as the NCO in charge and as the Station NCO working out of the old VPD HQ building. He also held a variety of positions in patrol as well as a detective in the Domestic Violence Unit.

Shawn is the creator of the Memorial Ribbon and has been involved with the BC Police and Peace Officers' Memorial since 1998, serving as coordinator for two of the events held in Vancouver. In May of 2010 Shawn became a Member of the Order of Merit (MOM) for Police Services, due to his continued work on the Ribbon Society, receiving his award from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michelle Jean, Governor General of Canada.

Ross M. Gulkison, OStJ, SMOTJ

Director: Ross M. Gulkison, OStJ, SMOTJ

Now retired, Ross's civil service extends over thirty-four years and includes corrections, sheriffs, police, federal investigations, and the militia. His proudest moments were his military commission and later his appointment in 1993 to Chief of the former Sto:lo Justice Service, by Ovide Mercredi, Grand Chief of the National Assembly of First Nations, Canada.

Ross is the cofounder of the Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Ribbon Society. In 1993 Ross lost an officer under his command, Officer James Adams, and as a result Ross fully understands the grief, sorrow and hardship that the families, colleagues (Brothers and Sisters), communities, and Canada as whole must endure whenever an officer is killed in the line of duty. Ross believes that it is our duty as a nation "to remember our fallen heroes".

Ross remains a proud member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, serving in his eighteenth year, and looks forward to many more years of the international fellowship he has experienced with the IACP. Ross is also a volunteer on several other boards.

Jean Galvin

Director: Jean Galvin

Jean Joined the RCMP as a civilian member in 1978, and became a sworn member in 1979. She spent her whole career in "E" Division, Vancouver and retired in 1998.

Jean is presently employed by the RCMP Langley Detachment as the Court Liaison.

Barbara Guenther

Director: Barbara Guenther

Barbara has been a Border Services Officer with Canada Border Services Agency since July 2002 and has been an active member of the CBSA Honour Guard since 2003.

Barbara became a Director of the Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society in January 2010 and has been involved in many of the projects and endeavours of the Society towards honouring and remembering Canada’s fallen officers and their families.

Marco Plante

Director: Marco Plante

Marco began his peace officer career as a Bailiff for the Quebec Department of Justice in 1995 in Montreal, Quebec.

In 2005, he joined the Correctional Service of Canada where he served as a correctional officer and as a correctional manager for the federal penitentiary of Cowansville. He was commanding the local honor guard unit and was a member of the provincial ceremony guard unit.

In 2014, he succeeded Mr. Sylvain L'Heureux as director of the Society for the Province of Quebec.

In 2016 he made a career change to join the Canada Border Services Agency where he continues his journey as a front-line officer at a land border crossing.

Mike McCarthy

Director: Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy has been a Director of the Memorial Ribbon Society since 2001 and member of the RCMP since 1986. His work locations have all been in B.C. and have included Shawnigan Lake, New Hazelton, Kelowna, Granisle, Chilliwack, Agassiz and the Sunshine Coast. Mike has worked in several areas of policing including Detachment Commander duties, General Duty Patrol, Community Policing and Serious Crime.

Mike is retired but is currently working part time as a Reserve Constable with the Sunshine Coast (Sechelt) RCMP Detachment. Mike is married and has three children.

James Pearson

Director: James Pearson

James Pearson has been employed by the Vancouver Police Department since May of 1992 where he has been involved in patrol, undercover drug units, grow-busters, crowd-control, the Ceremonial Unit, and Emergency Operations and Planning. He was instrumental in creating the Military Liaison Unit which is a first in Canadian policing. Prior to his enlistment with the VPD he enjoyed a 10 year career with the Canadian Military where he joined as a non-commissioned member and worked his way up the ranks to obtain a Queen's Commission.

James is currently appointed as Vancouver's Departmental Sgt/Major, working out of the Operations Division.

Jim Pyke

Director: Jim Pyke

Jim Pyke joined British Columbia Corrections in 1994 and has been involved with the B.C. Provincial Police and Peace Officers Memorial from its first Memorial Parade in 1998. He was invited to become a Director of the Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Ribbon Society in 2008.

Jim currently works at Surrey Pre-Trial Services Center and is heavily involved with that Center's Local Honour Guard and with the Provincial Honour Guard which was formed in 2007.

Chaplain Jim Turner

Director: Chaplain Jim Turner

Jim has served as pastor at three churches over a period of twenty years of Pastoral Ministry. In addition he has taught at Northwest Baptist Theological College, served in executive positions in the regional and national Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada.

Jim has served the law enforcement community in a voluntary capacity for over nineteen years. Jim has served with the RCMP as Chaplain for five years in "K" Division specifically Calgary Sub-Division. Since moving back to B.C. in 1995, Jim began serving at Burnaby, Richmond Detachments and "E" Division HQ. On October 23, 2000 Jim left full time pastoral ministry in the church setting and was appointed as the first Divisional Chaplain for "E" Division. In February of 2001 Jim was appointed as Chaplain at Delta Police. In February of 2003 Jim was appointed as the chaplain at Vancouver Police.

Adam Webber

Director: Adam Webber

Adam joined the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) as a Correctional Officer in May 2002 and currently works in Abbotsford, BC. In 2003 he joined the CSC Guard of Honour and in 2004 he was appointed as the Institutional Squad Leader for his Institution.

Adam has participated in many National and International Ceremonial events and has been a steering committee member of the BC Law Enforcement Memorial since February 2014. In April 2011 he was appointed as Regional Guard Command Sergeant Major for Pacific Region and in June 2017 Adam was appointed by the Commissioner as CSC's National Command Sergeant Major.

Prior to his Corrections career, Adam served with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve and spent his youth as a Royal Canadian Army Cadet. Adam currently volunteers as a civilian instructor with a local Army Cadet Corps. In September 2012, he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Officers of the Society

G. Shawn Coady, MOM CD

Founder & President: G. Shawn Coady, MOM CD

Ross M. Gulkison, OStJ, SMOTJ

Vice-President: Ross M. Gulkison, OStJ, SMOTJ

Jim Pyke

Secretary: Jim Pyke

G. Shawn Coady, MOM CD

Treasurer: G. Shawn Coady, MOM CD

Friends of the Society

Don Moser

Don Moser

Don Moser served on HRP’s Emergency Response Team for 11 years and in 2007 was commissioned as an Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.In 2014, Don was named the first-ever Departmental Sergeant Major at Halifax Regional Police and, as a senior officer, continues in an advisory role on such issues as protocol, dress and deportment. He actively serves on various committees and associations, including the Nova Scotia Fallen Peace Officers’ Memorial Committee, Halifax Regional Police Wellness Committee, Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association and the Canadian Association of Police Ceremonial Units. Don actively volunteers with Nova Scotia Special Olympics and the United Way (Halifax).

Don is a graduate of Dalhousie University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in police science. He subsequently received various certificates from both Dalhousie University and the Canadian Police College. He was a co-recipient of the Halifax Regional Police Investigator of the Year Award, a Halifax Regional Municipality Director’s Award for Leadership, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Frances To

Frances To

Frances’ passion for her community started at a young age when she volunteered for Junior Achievement. She has since raised monies and awareness for several charities and causes. As the wife of a Member, she believes in the work and importance of policing and hopes that her involvement with the Memorial Ribbon Society will help bring a positive impact to the community.

Deepak Prasad

Deepak Prasad, ADC, BCECR

Originally from Burnaby, BC, Deepak currently lives in Antigonish, NS, serving with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Prior to joining the RCMP, he served 2 years with Canada Border Services Agency and 5 years as an emergency police dispatcher at ECOMM/911 in Metro Vancouver.

Deepak is a graduate of Kwantlen University College and the Justice Institute of British Columbia and holds a board certification with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress in the field of Emergency Crisis Response.

Deepak is a member of several charitable organizations that support crime prevention programs and mentor-ship towards youth. He has received several awards including the Commander's Decoration of Bravery, Caring Canadian Award, St. John Ambulance Life Saving Award, Minister's Crime Prevention Leadership Award, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Order of St. John. Deepak is also an Honourary Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Siobhan Coady

Siobhan Coady

Siobhan Coady grew up in the military, served 5 years with the Reserve Electronic Warfare Squadron in Kingston and returned to University in 2003 to obtain a degree in Disability Studies. She continues to live in Kingston and works as a Senior Executive Assistant in a Human Resources department.

With 20 plus years of working in both the public and private sectors, Siobhan prides herself in providing excellence in customer service. She has very strong personal and professional work ethic, enjoys working with diverse groups of people and truly loves giving back to her community through volunteerism. Siobhan has supported the Ribbon Society since its beginnings and has attended a number of functions as a volunteer and supporter in an effort to get the information out to the public.

Jeremy Loewen

Jeremy Loewen

Jeremy started as an intern with the RCMP in Altona Manitoba in 1997. In 1999 he became an Auxiliary Constable with the Altona Police Service, until becoming a Constable with the Morden Police Service in 2004 and attended training in Brandon Manitoba. Jeremy is currently assigned to General Patrol duties and investigations.

In 2011 Jeremy and Dane combined their passion of honouring fallen police and peace officers with that of their passion of fishing and held the first annual "Fishing for Fallen Heroes" fishing derby in Pointe du Bois Manitoba, raising money which was donated to the Memorial Ribbon Society. In 2012 Jeremy and Dane continued with the 2nd annual event raising more money for the Memorial Ribbon Society making it a very successful fundraising event to honour the 'fallen heroes'.

Dane Demianiw

Dane Demianiw

Dane worked for the Winnipeg Downtown Watch from 1995 until 2001. He then worked for Child and Family Services until 2007 when he became a Constable with the Morden Police Service and attended training at the Winnipeg Police training academy. Dane is currently assigned to General Patrol duties and investigations.

In 2011 Jeremy and Dane combined their passion of honouring fallen police and peace officers with that of their passion of fishing and held the first annual "Fishing for Fallen Heroes" fishing derby in Pointe du Bois Manitoba, raising money which was donated to the Memorial Ribbon Society. In 2012 Jeremy and Dane continued with the 2nd annual event raising more money for the Memorial Ribbon Society making it a very successful fundraising event to honour the 'fallen heroes'.

Marc Hallé

Marc Hallé

Marc Hallé began his policing career in January of 2009 as a Provincial Constable with the Ontario Provincial Police. He first served the communities of Grenville County before working in the united counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, once again assigned to general patrol.

Prior to his policing career Marc served as a Combat Engineer with the 3rd Field Engineer Regiment in the Canadian army reserves.

Throughout the years, Marc has also been involved with different youth groups. He now wants to continue his community involvement through the Police and Peace Officer Memorial Ribbon Society.

Gary Cook

Gary Cook

Gary started his policing career joining the Canadian Armed Forces as a Military Police Officer in 1975, posted to CFB Edmonton, Alberta.

Gary left the Canadian Armed Forces in 1979 to join the Edmonton Police Service. His 37 year career spanned Patrol Operations, K-9 Officer, Detective positions, Undercover Stolen Auto detail, Training Section, a one year secondment to the United Nations Mission In Kosovo, and Patrol Sergeant. Gary was appointed to the position of Corps Sergeant Major of the Edmonton Police Service in 2014. Gary retired from policing in 2016.

Gary has been an integral part of the Alberta Police Peace Officer Memorial Committee, working with the Solicitor General and various Alberta agencies for many years, and continues in that capacity. He was the initiator of the Alberta Sergeant Major’s Group in 2015.

In June 2015, the Edmonton Police Service was confronted with the Line of Duty Death of Cst. Dan Woodall. This was the first LODD in 25 years for the Service. As the Corps Sergeant Major, Gary was responsible for all things Parade/Ceremonial.

Gary is the recipient of the Peacekeeping Medal, UNMIK Medal, Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 40 year Police Exemplary Conduct Medal and the 40 year Alberta Police Long Service Medal.

Gary has always been a strong proponent of honouring our fallen officers, and assisting the families in their loss. The Memorial Ribbon Society allows him to continue that passion.

Past Board Members

  • Director: Les Allen (2002-2004)
  • Director: Michel Funicelli (1998-2002 & 2005-2010)
  • Director: Sylvain L’Heureux (2010-2014)
  • Director: Daryl Tottenham (1998-2003)
  • Director: Bob Underhill (2006-2013)
  • Director: Kelly Watson (2004-2006)

Past Friends of the Society

  • Darrell Gaudet (2013-2017)
  • Sylvain L’Heureux (2014-2017)
  • Gord Tomlinson (2010-2017)