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Women in Leadership Series

October 7 @ 6:30 pm - October 29 @ 7:30 pm

Please join the Program Committee in hosting the ‘Women in Leadership’ series, that will showcase three incredible women who will be presenting on their life experiences, journey, achievements, and current pursuits. These talks are complimentary, but please register with the office a week prior to each speaking engagement.

The speakers, dates and times are outlined below:
Monday, October 7th ~ Inspector Colleen Yee: Is the Inspector of the Centralized Operations Services Section of VPD, and won the Community Award for the 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction.
Wednesday, October 23rd ~ Elaine Carty: Professor Emerita of Midwifery and Nursing at the University of British Columbia, and won the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.
Tuesday, October 29th ~ Dr. Patricia Daly: Chief Medical Health Officer & VP of Public Health at VCH.

Inspector Colleen Yee graduated from UBC and joined the VPD in September 1993.  In Patrol, she worked in Districts 2 and 4.  Inspector Yee was the GVRD Drug Awareness Coordinator for the RCMP and returned as an investigator in the VPD Drug Unit and Sex Crimes Unit.  As a level 2 Undercover Operator for over 10 years, Inspector Yee had the opportunity to work many different projects nationally and internationally.

Inspector Yee was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and returned to Operations as a Supervisor in District 2.  She was then Aide to the Deputy Chief Constable – Operations and later worked in the Professional Standards Section, and Planning, Research and Audit Section.  As Staff Sergeant, Inspector Yee led the province’s largest surveillance unit at the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) and later returned to the Special Investigation Section.  In June 2016, she was promoted to Inspector and is currently Commander in the Youth Services Section.

Inspector Yee has over 30 years of martial arts experience and was a certified use of force instructor.  She has been identified as a subject matter expert on many topics and has presented internationally. In 2013, Inspector Yee created the VPD Women’s Personal Safety Team that has delivered workshops to over three thousand women in Vancouver.  She has been recognized for her initiatives with a Chief Constable Commendation, Vancouver Police Foundation Canaccord Community Champion award, BC Governor General’s Meritorious Service Award and as the 2019 YWCA Woman of Distinction.

Inspector Yee is the proud parent of twins, Livia and Alexander.

She will be speaking on her experience in leadership within what is still traditionally a male-dominated environment, and her experiences with VPD.



October 7 @ 6:30 pm
October 29 @ 7:30 pm
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1489 McRae Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6H 1V1 Canada
(604) 731-4661


The University Women’s Club of Vancouver
(604) 731-4661