There was one simple, yet powerful word that E-Comm Board Chair Jocelyn Kelley used to describe 2015 and she used it liberally during her June Annual General Meeting (AGM) retrospective… collaboration.
“By its very definition, collaboration represents the efforts of many individuals who come together toward a common purpose,” shared Jocelyn in her opening remarks. “In E-Comm’s case I believe it has been a deep-seated resolve, the kind usually reserved for an underdog, to reach very specific objectives through teamwork, innovation, careful planning and, perhaps most important, a culture that is focused on listening to the customer to help find solutions that support their unique needs.”
For E-Comm, 2015 was a year of many firsts. The emergency communications centre answered its first 9-1-1 call from central Vancouver Island, made a first radio broadcast over the new next generation radio network, successfully managed its first year as the 9-1-1 Primary Public Safety Answer Point for wildfire regions in the northern, southern and central interiors, and during a late-summer windstorm, handled the largest surge of 9-1-1 calls in a compressed time frame in E-Comm’s history. And these are only a few of the many noted accomplishments and milestones.
More than 40 shareholders from municipalities across Metro Vancouver and from the police, fire and ambulance community, attended the June 16 AGM, held each year to carry out the required business of the company under the Business Corporations Act. This includes appointing a new Board of Directors for the upcoming term (2016-2017), receiving the company’s annual financial statements and appointing company auditors.
The Annual General Meeting also marked Jocelyn Kelley announcing she would be retiring as Board Chair after six terms, although she will remain on the Board for one more year.
“I have been beyond honoured to serve as board chair of this organization and it’s been a joy to work with Dave Guscott and the Executive Team and to get to know so many staff over the years,” Jocelyn later said. “Having the chance to double-plug with Operations staff and to learn about the Next Generation Radio Program gives you a special appreciation of the contribution E-Comm makes to public safety.”
For a full overview of E-Comm’s 2015 achievements, performance results and financial overview, find the 2015 Annual Report on ecomm911.ca.
2016-17 Board of Directors
Doug Campbell (Chair)
Councillor Bruce Bell
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows
Rebecca (Becky) Denlinger*
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (*Director Denlinger is Deputy Minister with Emergency Management BC within the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure).
Mayor Jack Froese
Township of Langley, Cities of Surrey and White Rock
Councillor Raymond Louie
Independent Police Boards (Abbotsford, New Westminster, Port Moody, Transit Police, West Vancouver)
Councillor Bill McNulty
City of Richmond
City of Vancouver
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Corporation of Delta / Delta Police Board
Vancouver Police Board
BC Emergency Health Services
Councillor Mary Trentadue
Belcarra, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody
Mayor Richard Walton
City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, Village of Lions Bay
Cities of Surrey and White Rock, Township of Langley