The British Columbia Women in Law Enforcement (BCWLE) is excited to announce the winners of the first annual BCWLE Recognition Awards are Corporal (Cpl.) Corina Sandland with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) – Island District, and Staff Sergeant (Staff Sgt.) Kelly Wong with the Surrey Police Service (SPS).
On April 28, 2022, the BCWLE held their first ever Conference and Awards Luncheon in Vancouver, British Columbia which featured keynote speaker, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, who served as a Member of Parliament, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Veteran Affairs, and the Associate Minister of National Defence. During the conference the BCWLE was pleased to announce that Cpl. Corina Sandland and Staff Sgt. Kelly Wong were recognized by their peers for their outstanding contributions in their police agencies. An impressive list of 18 nominees from law enforcement agencies across British Columbia were submitted by their peers to the BCWLE Awards Committee. These nominations recognized leadership, and coaching and mentoring.
Cpl. Sandland was recognized as a female officer who distinguished herself by demonstrating a continuing long-term commitment to leadership by using exception personal skills, leading and building teams, developing others, and by demonstrating outstanding organizational and administrative skills that have a positive impact within her police agency or area of responsibility. Cpl. Sandland is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who is currently posted with CFSEU-BC in Victoria, British Columbia, where she is an inspiring team leader and high performing non-commissioned officer (NCO). Over the past three years, Cpl. Sandland has been the team commander on multiple large scale, priority investigations which have involved the coordination of over 150 police officers from various agencies. While leading these investigations, Cpl. Sandland has also taken the time to mentor junior officers on her teams to help them build their skills and experience, while succeeding in new career opportunities.
Staff Sgt. Wong was recognized as a female officer who distinguished herself by her support, assistance and development of women in law enforcement by focusing on their career aspirations, their on-going personal development, and by producing training programs and policies that enhance the role of women in policing. Staff Sgt. Wong is a police officer with more than 20 years of experience enhancing police skills, performance and leadership in British Columbia. Staff Sgt. Wong is a member of the SPS where she is leading the training unit. As SPS continues to grow, Staff Sgt. Wong’s efforts to develop and implement training programs and opportunities are shaping the future of the SPS as well as the careers of the officers working within the organization. Staff Sgt. Wong is known for focusing her efforts on mentoring her peers and helping women to succeed and achieve their career goals. Click here to learn more about Staff Sgt. Wong, winner of the 2022 BCWLE Mentoring & Coaching Award.
The BCWLE is a non-profit organization whose vision is to strengthen, unite and promote women in law enforcement in the province of British Columbia. To learn more about the BCWLE and to become a member, go to: www.bcwle.ca/membership/
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