Grande Prairie, AB
For over 30 years Karen Gariepy was employed by four different municipalities in various capacities. She recently resigned as Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Beaverlodge. Prior to this role, Karen was the Crime Prevention Manager for the City of Grande Prairie for almost 14 years.
During her time at the City, Karen was recognized as a community mobilizer thus earning her a provincial crime prevention award in 2006. The program that Karen led was also recognized at all levels of government. Karen was asked to join the Alberta Crime Prevention Association board in 2006, and served as President for over 9 years.
Karen is a trained Community Engagement Facilitator and has a wide variety of Crime Prevention Through Social Development (CPTSD) courses in her portfolio. She is a certified Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) practitioner and is also trained in SafeGrowth®. During her time at the City, Karen also had the opportunity to complete Placemaking training in New York City.
Karen truly believes that municipalities need to capitalize on their local assets and engage all citizens in playing a role in community wellbeing.