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Vancouver Police Odd Squad - through A Blue Wall Gala Fundraiser at Wall Centre Hotel

Jun 16, 2005

By Catherine Barr


The videos are compelling. The images - disturbing and brutal. But the anti-drug message from members of the Vancouver Police's Odd Squad is crystal clear. "Beyond a Blue Lens" is the latest video in a series aimed at curbing drug use among youths. Last week, further proceeds were raised at a spectacular gala fundraiser, held at the Wall Centre, which featured local musicians and celebs.

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Rayna Griffith, seen here with dad Dave, is a newly graduated RCMP officer who is on the beat in North Vancouver.
Celebrity host/comedian Leslie Nielsen (left), seen here with Vancouver police chief and former North Van chief Jamie Graham, is the son of an RCMP officer and brother to a former Vancouver policeman.
Having some fun for the cameras were Q.C. Lyall Knott (left), Odd Squad president Al Arsenault and retired superintendent Vern Campbell.
Telus's Denise Mann (left) cuddled up to Odd Squad directory Toby Hinton and gala chair Diana Zoppa.
West Van's Sergio and Wendy Cocchia got a first hand look at life on the street thanks to the Odd Squad's video productions.
"Crisis Queen" Linda Stewart (left), seen here with Fiona Flanagan of the Missing Women Task Force, was taped talking a jumper down from the Burrard Street bridge.
It's a starring role they'll never forget. Recovering addicts Nicola Keate and Randy Miller of "Beyond the Blue Lens" are proof that the streets can be beat.
West Van's George (left), Eva and Adam Taubenfligel lent their support to help send out the anti-drug message.


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