THUNDER BAY – The City of Thunder Bay has announced the appointment of Amy Siciliano as Coordinator of the newly forming Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council.
Originally from Thunder Bay, Ms. Siciliano recently completed her PhD in Human Geography from the University of Toronto. Her research focused on crime and neighbourhood segregation, gang-related violence, crime prevention and harm reduction. She also holds a Master in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University in Montreal.
Ms. Siciliano has been instrumental in a variety of community development initiatives related to crime prevention through social development. From 2008-2010, she worked as a Community Animator for the Centre for City Ecology in Toronto where her main duties involved engaging residents in community capacity building projects in neighbourhoods stigmatized by crime and poverty. As one example, in the north Toronto community of Jane-Finch she partnered with the United Way’s Action for Neighbourhood Change to engage youth in showcasing positive stories of their neighbourhood.
Ms. Siciliano also has experience obtaining grants to fund programs, services and research. She is pleased to be returning to Thunder Bay to use her experience, skills and education to help build this important program for the benefit of everyone in her home town.
Initially, Ms. Siciliano will be coordinating Council’s planning of a Crime and Disorder Audit to develop a comprehensive safety plan for the City. Members of the Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council are being recruited over the coming weeks from various sectors across the community including social services, business, community organizations, youth and interested citizens.
Ms. Siciliano officially started her position on Monday, October 25. She will be formally introduced to Members of Council and the community at the Nov. 8 Committee of the Whole meeting.