Jean-Michel Blais has over twenty-nine years of policing experience, having served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the United Nations and now with Halifax Regional Police (HRP). He began his policing career in 1988 in the RCMP which saw him work in Québec, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia in the areas of municipal, provincial, aboriginal and federal policing. He also worked in the RCMP’s disciplinary tribunal as a chief adjudicator and a chief prosecutor.
He was also seconded to the United Nations in Haiti as a frontline police officer in 1995 and as the Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of operations in 2008. In January 2010, following the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, he returned there to personally lead the recovery of two Canadian police officers and the senior management of the United Nations mission who had perished in the collapse of the UN headquarters. In October 2012, after twenty-five years in the RCMP, Jean-Michel retired from the RCMP at the rank of Chief Superintendent to become the fourth chief of HRP where he works currently.
Since his arrival in HRP, he has reoriented the senior ranks of the organisation and spearheaded a new 10-year Strategic Plan. He has also been heavily engaged in the community on The Salvation Army Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of United Way Halifax. In 2014 and 2015, he was the co-chair for the United Way’s Charitable Workplace Campaign, helping to raise more than $12 million dollars.
He has two degrees, one in political science and economics from McGill University and another in law from Université Laval in Québec City. He has published several works on international and national police-related topics, including organised crime, Internet child pornography, human rights, the rule of law in Haiti, aboriginal law and the use of human sources in policing. He has also lectured extensively on leadership and modern police management, with emphasis on dealing with problem employees, unexpected events, the legal obligations of the employer, sustainability of policing in Canada and mental health in policing.
Jean-Michel’s interests vary from reading and writing to cycling and hockey as a hockey Canada Level III referee. He resides in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia and is married with three children aged 31, 24 and 14 as well as two dogs.
Survivor, warrior and victorious; these are a few words that describe Cheyenne Jones.Though childhood trauma and sexual abuse led Cheyenne into the world of prostitution, in the mid 90’s Cheyenne walked out of the sex industry forever and moved to Toronto.Her life experience drives her to help the most vulnerable of people. This passion has resulted in many years volunteering to serve people affected by trauma and severe difficulty.
Cheyenne’s multi- faceted professional career ranging from Media Sales and Event Planning, to Corporate Sales Management, enables her to relate to and engage with many people of diverse backgrounds. Cheyenne is passionate about helping girls and women recognize their self-worth, as well as helping vulnerable youth break free from the physical and mental chains of human trafficking. Her passion has led her to join the Open Door Centre as Youth Advocate Worker, where she helps those affected by sexual exploitation find forgiveness, hope and restoration. Cheyenne now lives in Halifax, and her greatest joy is laughing with and at her three children, and coaching a mini girls basketball team in the inner city.