Medicine Hat Police Commission Member Biographies:
Greg was born and raised in Coquitlam, B.C., a suburb of Vancouver. He has been married to his wife Tabitha since 1990 and they have two sons and two daughters.
In 1985, Greg began a 16 year career with the Corrections Branch of British Columbia working at the Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Centre (Oakalla Prison) in Burnaby, B.C. In 1992, Greg and his family moved to Fort St. John, B.C. in order to pioneer the Electronic Monitoring Program in the Peace Region which facilitated incarcerated offenders serving their sentences in their homes. While still working with the B.C. Corrections Branch, Greg and his wife ventured into the business world by starting a hot tub sales and service company which quickly grew and expanded.
For six years, Greg also provided Federal Parole supervision under contract with the Correctional Service of Canada in the Fort. St. John, B.C. area. 2001 brought a big change when Greg resigned from the Corrections Branch. He and his wife Tabitha sold their business and home and moved to Medicine Hat with their four children in order to serve at the Dream Centre Church. Greg is now the lead Pastor of the Dream Centre Church and continues to serve the community through various church programs as well as by providing support to other local agencies and associations. Greg believes that every one of us can help the community of Medicine Hat be a better place to live, and that together we can do way more than we ever could on our own.
Mrs. Sandy Redden, Vice Chair
Sandra is a wife, parent of two grown boys, a Speech-Language Pathologist for 25 years and as of December 2015, a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She is the proud owner of Speech & Language Works Inc. since its inception in 2000. The team provides communication and behaviour services throughout the community of Medicine Hat and surrounding communities including Brooks.
As with many Medicine Hatters, her origins are in Saskatchewan, moving with her husband and small children to the city in 1998. She loves this community and tries her best to participate as much as possible and has volunteered in many capacities over the past 18 years. Most recently, Sandra has volunteered for the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter for the past ten years; volunteering on the board of directors, serving as secretary and chair and helping with events such as galas and adopt-a-family. She is an active member of Sunrise Rotary and also a member of the Medicine Hat Therapist Assistant Advisory Board.
Sandra is very passionate about her community and believes in all it has to offer. The Medicine Hat Police Service is a very vital part of our community and she looks forward to contributing to the Medicine Hat Police Commission.
Mr. Rolf Traichel
Rolf was born and raised in Brooks, AB on a small mixed farm.Realizing the value of an education and with an aptitude for the sciences, Rolf completed his studies in computer science at Medicine Hat College.Getting his start by building computers, Rolf soon realized the potential of both computers and the coming Information Age.
The quest for knowledge and his ability to learn new concepts made Rolf quickly outgrow his surroundings.Landing a computer security training contract with the US Air Force gave Rolf a taste for international work across Europe.Eventually tiring of traveling he found his way back to Medicine Hat as the Director of Technology for the Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education.
The quest for knowledge once again returned and Rolf enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of Calgary and graduated in 2008.With an increased awareness of business and his interest in the co-operative style of business, Rolf was elected as a Director for the Medicine Hat Co-op and soon after as a Director for the Board of Federated Co-operatives in Saskatoon where he sits as Chair of the Social Responsibility Committee.
Rolf believes in the importance of education and community, his interests and involvement in various community-based agencies reflects this.He is energized about his appointment to the Police Commission and would like to contribute positively to ensure that the city of Medicine Hat remains a community of choice.
Robert was born in Oyen, Alberta on February 22, 1971. His family moved to Medicine Hat in the fall of 1972. Robert has 7 siblings – an identical twin brother and 6 sisters. He has been married to his wife Pamela for 18 years – they have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.
Robert graduated from Monsignor McCoy High School. Following that, he attended the Medicine Hat College before completing his Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Calgary. Robert also holds a Master of Arts Degree from Gonzaga University with a specialization in Educational Leadership.
Robert is employed by the Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education and is currently the Principal of St. Francis Xavier School. Robert is proudly serving his 5th term as Councillor with the City of Medicine Hat.
Julie Friesen is a Community Development Officer with Alberta Culture, Community Development Unit. She brings a wealth of diverse experience and longstanding commitment to her community over many years and across many sectors.Julie offers demonstrated leadership in an immense variety of volunteer and employment roles in the not-for-profit, voluntary and public sectors – locally, regionally and provincially.
Her career has been centered in the “people business” through human service organizations; playing a key role in leadership development, board development and governance, strategic/business planning, organizational development, collaboration building, community, program and volunteer development to name a few. Prior to her current responsibilities, she designed and administered Health Canada Prenatal Nutrition and Early Childhood Intervention programs and was instrumental in the development of several community collaborations that helped support and sustain the broad determinants of health. She also served as a Board Development Instructor for Alberta Community Development.
As a longstanding community volunteer herself, Julie has served on countless Boards of Directors. She brings many years of experience with Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) locally and provincially, and shares a wealth of expertise in police governance, having served as Chair of the Medicine Hat Police Commission and Alberta Association of Police Governance as well as the Protective Services Task Force of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA). Examples of other community leadership roles are Past President of United Way of Southeastern Alberta, the Medicine Hat Library and Shortgrass Regional Library System Boards of Trustees, Cypress View Foundation, Palliser Economic Partnership Board of Directors and Southeast Alberta Watershed Alliance.
Julie is currently serving her seventh term as Councillor in the City of Medicine Hat. Having been either Chairman or senior member of all standing committees of Council, her experience as an elected official and involvement throughout the municipal sector locally, provincially and federally round out the breadth of expertise she brings to the table. Her Alberta Government and City Council roles developed a wonderful, unique combination of opportunity to reach out into the community and voluntary sectors and she feels truly blessed to serve in this capacity.
Julie and her husband love Medicine Hat and are very dedicated in contributing to their community. Together, they feel strongly about the importance of family life. They have three wonderful children!