President of Safer Schools Together, an organization focused on promoting a climate and culture of safety in schools, and Manager of Safe Schools for the Surrey School District, the largest district in British Columbia
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 a variety of training symposiums and professional development opportunities, SST has authored the Safe and 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.
Theresa's company, Safer Schools Together, was recently awarded the contract to develop and implement training to prevent bullying and to ensure safe and caring school communities (ERASE Strategy). This has included the development of numerous Bully Prevention and Threat Assessment tools and resources.
Theresa is very involved in the community and has served on many boards and committees, liasing with various evels of government, police services, school districts, regional health services and MCFD. She is also an executive board member of the Odd Squad (VPD).
As Manager of Safe Schools for the Surrey School District, Theresa 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 the executive producer of five award-winning documentaries; she is a certified trainer and consultant with the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment & Trauma Response and was appointed Executive Director for the International Centre for Threat Assessment (ICTA). Theresa serves as a representative on municipal, provincial and federal committees and has been recognized for her work by all three levels of Canadian government.
In Chicago, Theresa was awarded the prestigious 2008 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for superior service in gang prevention. In the spring of 2011, she was invited to facilitate a round-table discussion in Surrey and Ottawa with Prime Minister Stephen Harper; about youth violence and youth gang-related issues. Later that year, Theresa was a co-chair at the 16th World Congress: International Society for Criminology 2011 held in Kobe, Japan.
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.