“To Remember Our Fallen Heroes”

Board Members

G. Shawn Coady, MOM CD

Founder & President / Treasurer: 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

Vice-President: 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

Secretary: 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 career as a peace officer as a Bailiff for the Department of Justice of Quebec in 1995 in Montreal.

In 2005, he joined the ranks of the Correctional Service of Canada, where he still works as a correctional manager for Cowansville Institution, the largest medium-security penitentiary in Canada.

Sensitive to the cause of peace officers who risk and lose their lives to protect others, he soon became interested in protocol and joined the honor guard of the institution, then joined the Quebec region ceremony guard.

Today, he is the commander of the honor guard of the institution and has an ongoing commitment and involvement in the cause.

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

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.

Members of the Society

Frances To

Event Manager: 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.

Adam Webber

Member: 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 Guards of Honour and in 2004 he was appointed as the Institutional Squad Leader of his Institution.

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

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

Sylvain L'Heureux

Member: Sylvain L'Heureux

Sylvain L'Heureux joined the ranks of the RCMP in 1981 and is currently serving in the Province of Québec. In the course of his career he has been involved in national security (serving 3 years with CSIS 1984-1987), customs and excise, and commercial crimes investigations. He has also work in the media relation section.

Sylvain has been involved with community policing for many years. He is actively involved in protocol and partnership with local police agencies in Québec. In 2009 he was appointed to the rank of Staff Sergeant Major and acted as Divisional Sergeant Major for the Province of Québec. He has been a Member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces since 2006.

Gord Tomlinson

Member: Gord Tomlinson

Gord Tomlinson was born and raised on a farm in Ontario, one of six children. At the age of eleven he decided that he wanted to be a police officer. Never wavering in that decision, he was accepted into the RCMP in April 1973. Upon completion of training in Regina, he served for a year in Ottawa, before being transferred to Alberta, where he spent the next twenty four years.

He was first posted to Lac La Biche, Alberta, a town so small that he was unable to locate it on the maps available to him in Ottawa. It was only after arriving in the province of Alberta that he was able to ascertain that the town where he would marry his wife Anne and they would see the birth of their two children was located in the north-east of the province. After four years in Lac La Biche, Gord served in many communities around the province - Brooks, Fort Chipewyan, Turner Valley. Gleichen, Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie.

Accepting his Commission in 1999, Gord jumped at the chance to serve in Surrey, B.C. – the largest RCMP detachment in the country. In 2000, he became the Operations Support Officer at North Vancouver Detachment, and in September 2001 he was named the Officer In Charge of North Vancouver RCMP, with a promotion to Superintendent. Gord retired from the RCMP in 2009 and moved to Berrie, Ontario, where he now acts as the Ribbon Society's director for Ontario.

Deepak Prasad

Member: 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

Member: 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.

Darrell Gaudet

Member: Darrell Gaudet

Darrell Gaudet began his policing career in 1988 with the Dartmouth City Police. His family has served as police officers in the RCMP, and Halifax Police. His brother is currently serving with the Toronto Metro Police. He has worked in many different divisions throughout his service from Patrol, Intelligence, Polygraph, Major Crime, IPOC and Administration.

Darrell has worked jointly with many law enforcement agencies nationally and internationally on joint projects. He currently holds the rank of Staff Sergeant and is the NCO I/C of the Professional Standards Division of the Halifax Regional Police.

Jeremy Loewen

Member: 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

Member: 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

Member: 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.

Past Board Members

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