President of Safer Schools Together, an organization focused on promoting a climate and culture of safety in schools and Executive Director, International Centre for Threat Assessment (ICTA).
Theresa established Safer Schools Together (SST) in 2008, to provide opportunities for extensive professional development in the areas of safe and caring schools and violence prevention. In addition to hosting training symposiums, SST has authored the Safe & Caring School Tool to measure the climate and culture of a school, as well as ensure best practices are followed and the Ministry of Education mandates regarding school/student safety are met. Recommendations from each assessment are aimed at ensuring that positive programs and proactive measures to address bullying, drugs and fighting are implemented, or enhanced, ensuring students, staff and parents feel safe and comfortable in their respective schools. SST was awarded the contract for the British Columbia Provincially mandated ERASE Bullying Prevention Training Strategy for which, Theresa is the lead trainer.
Theresa was identified 20 years ago by educational and law enforcement professionals as an innovative visionary and passionate leader in the area of program development and ensuring safe and caring schools. She developed the first web-based anonymous reporting tool to encourage students to get personally involved in ensuring the safety and security of their school. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious 2008 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for superior service in gang prevention.
Theresa is very involved in the community and has served on many boards and committees, liaising with various levels of government, police services, school districts, regional health and social services. She is also an executive board member of the Odd Squad VPD (Vancouver Police Department).
Previously as Manager of Safe Schools for the Surrey School District, she has been responsible for the conceptualization, development and implementation of many highly successful and comprehensive, evidence-based prevention and intervention programs, initiatives and resource materials aimed at enhancing student and staff safety. Many of these unique and innovative projects have also been recognized and implemented worldwide. Prior to the Surrey School District, Theresa spent 10 years with the Vancouver School District where she worked extensively with entrenched, at-risk and gang-associated youth.
Theresa is also the executive producer of five award-winning gang prevention documentaries and a certified trainer and consultant with the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment & Trauma Response and serves as a representative on municipal, provincial and federal committees. She has been recognized for her work by all three levels of Canadian government.