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WHO WE ARE

The Abbotsford Police Foundation (APF) is a registered charitable organization funding Abbotsford Police Department programs and initiatives not covered by their operating budget.

Through our fundraising efforts, the APF strives to support and foster positive connections between the Abbotsford Police Department and our community by supporting programs and initiatives that reduce crime and build relationships.

mission

We support the Abbotsford Police Department to build relationships and reduce crime.

vision

There is a trusting relationship between our community and the Abbotsford Police Department.

values

Trust | Accountability | Inclusion | Community

Board of Directors

our history

The Abbotsford Police Foundation was founded in 2005 by three community leaders – Jack Robertson, Dave Kandal and Spud Murphy. Each believed that it would take a personal investment from the community to ensure the Abbotsford Police Department had the funding to provide programs and develop initiatives to help keep Abbotsford a safe community.

The founders invested not only time, but money. Their passion for the cause and dedicated efforts to see it thrive resulted in more members of the community contributing generous donations. The Abbotsford Community Foundation provided a matching grant, as did the Abbotsford Police Union.

Today, because of the commitment of these original members, and those that followed, the Abbotsford Police Foundation continues to raise funds to facilitate positive relationships between the police and the community they protect.

2022 board of directors

We Are Here For You

Kevin Boonstra, President

Kevin Boonstra is a managing partner with Kuhn LLP Legal Counsel. Throughout his career, Kevin has tried to help others and serve his community. He has served local, national and international organizations as a director and officer. He was appointed by the Provincial government as an Abbotsford Police Board commissioner and was appointed by the Federal Minister of Justice to the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for British Columbia for five years. Currently, Kevin is the president of the Abbotsford Police Foundation. Kevin enjoys public speaking and meeting new people.

Sandy Blue, Vice President

Sandy Blue has been an active police volunteer since 1988, including 15 years with Burnaby RCMP Victim Services and the City of Burnaby Community Policing Committee of Council where she was recognized for more than 4,000 volunteer service hours. In 2002 she was appointed to the Abbotsford Police Board where she served for 6 years as a Provincial appointee. In 2005 she was invited by Abbotsford Police Foundation founding board member Jack Robertson to attend a meeting of the newly formed charitable organization. Sandy still sits on the board today.

Jon Eaton, Secretary Treasurer

Jon has been involved in the Abbotsford community since moving here in 1997. He Community involvement has included sitting as a Board member of Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association, coaching youth baseball, six years as a Board member of the Abbotsford Police Board, President of the BC Association of Police Boards, Founding Chair of the Abbotsford Hospice Foundation, and Trustee for the Bradner Community club. Jon Eaton is a principal Portfolio Manager at Anchor Pacific Investment Management, and independent Investment Counsel firm.

Markhus Akhtar, Director

Marcus Akhtar is the Asset Director, HCP Canada. Marcus’ portfolio includes the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC), the Kelowna and Vernon Hospital PPP and the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre. Marcus moved to Abbotsford in March 2008, just as the construction of ARHCC was concluding. Prior that he has lived in Toronto, Ottawa, and Calgary, since coming to Canada from UK in 1993. Marcus is a Board member of the Abbotsford Airport Authority, a role that he has fulfilled since February 2014. In December of 2019, Marcus joined the Abbotsford Police Foundation Board.

Christina Reid, Director

Christina recently joined our Board of Directors and we are very excited to have her on the team. We will update her bio shortly.

Erwin Braun, Director

Erwin Braun, President of ErCon Holdings is an entrepreneur with a diversified portfolio in Real Estate and operating businesses. Erwin has held numerous Board positions and responsibilities within the business and civic arenas including the social housing sector in British Columbia, and on the Abbotsford Police Board. Valuing his deep connections to this community where both he and his wife Connie were born and raised, worked, and have raised their family, Erwin now enjoys serving on the Abbotsford Police Foundation

C/Cst. Mike Serr, Director [Ex-Officio

Chief Constable Mike Serr has been serving as a police officer for 30 years. He became the Chief Constable for the Abbotsford Police Department (AbbyPD) in September 2018. Mike is active locally and nationally in committee work and is currently the Chairperson of the Drug Advisory Committee for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Co-chair of the British Columbia Drug Overdose Task Groups and Chairperson of the Abbotsford Opioid Working Group. Mike is also on the Advisory Council for Drug Free Kids Canada, member of Character Abbotsford, and the Abbotsford Community Development Council.

Det/cst Corrie Haines

Corrie Haines has been a police officer since 1997 and has spent her entire career with the Abbotsford Police Department. What Corrie loves most about Abbotsford is it’s strong sense of community and it’s support for the police department. The community’s capacity for cooperation, understanding and empathy over the years, especially during AbbyPD’s darkest times, has shown that she truly works in an amazing city. Corrie serves on the APF to provide a police perspective on the various initiatives and programs supported by the APF which ultimately improve AbbyPD’s ability to connect with the community and enhance public safety.

Jennifer Willford, Director

More to come on Jennifer.

Kinder Sidhu, Director

More to come on Kinder

support our cause

We rely on community support to fund initiatives that aim to reduce crime in our growing city. Your contribution helps us connect police with our community, build positive relationships, and enables us to fund engaging Abbotsford Police Department initiatives.
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