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Police Board Members

The current members of the Abbotsford Police Board are: Mayor Henry Braun (Chair), Sukh SidhuAmaninder Gill (Aman), Barb Schimnowsky, Yvon Dandurand, Mark Warkentin, and Mike Welte

Mayor Henry Braun

Henry has been an Abbotsford resident for close to six decades and was the co-owner, president and CEO of Abbotsford-based Pacific Northern Rail Contractors Corp up until his retirement in 2003. Henry was also the President of Braun Investment Group Ltd. and Meadowood Place Developments Inc., companies that developed and owned commercial and residential income producing real estate properties. As a long time Abbotsford businessman, he is enjoying the opportunity to put his years of business experience to work for the city and people of Abbotsford.

Henry understands that great communities don’t happen without great volunteers. Leading by example, he has served on the Abbotsford Police Board, the Economic Development Commission of the City of Abbotsford, the Abbotsford Airport Authority Board of Directors, the Trinity Western University School of Business advisory board, the board of directors of the Organized Crime Agency of B.C. and a member of the Board of Directors for Canada Place Corporation.

Henry’s community and philanthropic involvement doesn’t stop there. He is also actively involved in his local church, in helping Abbotsford’s homeless, as well as with higher education. In 2008, he received the Order of Abbotsford for his tireless dedication to making Abbotsford a better place.

Henry and his wife Velma have been married for 43 years. His three children and seven amazing grandchildren are his inspiration for making sure Abbotsford remains a wonderful place in which to grow up and grow old, well into the future!

Sukh Sidhu

Sukh Sidhu has lived and worked in Abbotsford since he immigrated here in 1981. He has worked in various agricultural fields, direct sales, and as an ELS teacher aid. He has worked as a real estate sales representative since obtaining his real estate license in 1983.

Sukh has an impressive list of volunteer work. He offers his time and expertise to organizations such as the MSA Museum Board, Abbotsford Community Foundation, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Indo Canadian Business Association, Abbotsford City Traffic Safety Committee and many other Abbotsford organizations.

Amaninder Gill (Aman)

Aman is honored to serve as a police board member. Being a daughter of a police officer, policing has always been close to her heart. She believes in serving the community and has volunteered for numerous projects and organizations. Currently she is a member of the Crystal Gala committee, and founding Director of Girl Kind Foundation.

She has lived in Abbotsford for the past 14 years and is raising her family here with her husband. Making Abbotsford a great place to live and raise a family for all is a priority for Aman. There is no higher honor for her, than being able to give back to the community by serving.

She has finished her studies in business and has been working in the financial services industry for past 13 years.

Barb Schimnowsky

Barb Schimnowsky has been a resident of Abbotsford since 2000 and was appointed to the Abbotsford Police Board in November 2014.  She is a Certified Management Consultant who had a 20 year career with KPMG Vancouver in their Executive Search/HR Consulting practice before establishing WestView Executive Search in 2005.  Barb has always been active in the community and has offered her expertise as a Board member of numerous organizations, which have included the BC Human Resources Management Association, Fraser Valley Advisory Council, 2004 Abbotsford Summer Games, Air Canada Championship Birdies for Charity Program, Twisters Gymnastics, Pacific Sport Fraser Valley, Rotary, Abbotsford Executive Association, and the Surrey Public Library.

Yvon Dandurand

Yvon Dandurand was appointed to the Board May 1, 2015.  He is a criminologist at the University of the Fraser Valley and a senior associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, a Vancouver-based research institute affiliated with the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme. His long career in teaching, research and policy development in the fields of crime prevention and criminal justice has led him to specialize in comparative research. Mr. Dandurand has been involved in numerous criminal justice reform and capacity building projects in Canada and abroad, including several projects and studies in the areas of organized crime, human trafficking, witness protection, corruption, crime prevention, policing, and corrections.

An active member of his community, Mr. Dandurand serves as Chair of the Federal Witness Protection Program Advisory Committee and the Fraser Health Authority’s Research Inquiry and Investigation Committee. Previously, he served as a Member of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Crime Reduction, Director for Big Brothers and Big Sisters (Abbotsford/Mission), and as Secretary Treasurer of the Shastri Indo Canadian Institute. Mr. Dandurand holds his Master of Arts in Criminology and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa and Bachelor of Philosophy from St. Paul University.

Mark Warkentin

Mark Warkentin is a founding partner of Linley Welwood, and served as Managing Partner of Linley Welwood and its predecessor firm for nine years. His areas of practice include real estate transactions, real estate development, business transactions, financing, corporate, and commercial law. He holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of Saskatchewan (1988), and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia Law School (1992). He has a diverse background in business law, criminal law, and civil litigation including seven years with one of BC's leading personal injury firms.

Mark has been involved for many years with the Canadian Bar Association, Abbotsford and District Bar Association, as a guest lecturer at Professional Legal Training Course, and as a presenter on legal topics at the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN). He currently is the Vice President of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. In 2014 he was appointed to the board of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, where he chairs the Inquiry Committee and sits on the Finance Committee. In July 2016 he was appointed to the Abbotsford Police Board.

He and his wife live in Abbotsford and are parents of two French immersion students.

Mike Welte

Mike is the General Manager of Hub Fire Engines, a local Fire Engine Manufacturer here in Abbotsford. The previous 12 years were spent in various lending and leadership positions within the Financial Industry. At Farm Credit Canada and Canadian Western Bank, Mike served a mix of commercial clients, real estate developers, agricultural producers and agribusiness operators.

Mike is a past president of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and has served as the past-chair of the Chamber's Agricultural Committee while representing the Chamber on the City of Abbotsford's Agriculture Dyking, Drainage, and Irrigation Advisory Committee, Economic Development Commission, Mayor's Task force on Economic Prosperity and the Homelessness Task Force.

Mike has served as a committee chair, committee member or volunteer for numerous community organizations including the Abbotsford Airshow, Abbotsford Community Foundation, Agrifair, BC Summer Games and UFV. In 2014, he was appointed as a task force member for the Abbotsford School Board – Trustee Remuneration Committee and in 2016 to the City of Abbotsford – Mayor and Council Remuneration Working Group.

Currently, Mike is the past President of the Abbotsford-Matsqui Rotary Club and a Provincial Appointee to the Abbotsford Police Board.

A UFV Graduate with a Bachelors of Business Administration; Mike was born, raised and educated in Abbotsford.