A tribute to the vision and wisdom of Bernie Agg April 18, 1925 - May 10, 2015

Event Date: 
May 20, 2015

Bernie Agg passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on May 10 2015. Bernie was predeceased by Wini and Rosalie and survived by Ronaye Ryane and a large family. He was a long-time resident of Vancouver and Squamish. After returning from World War II as an Army veteran he trained as a psychiatric nurse and worked at Woodlands School in New Westminster. He later enjoyed a long career with the BC Corrections Probation Service, receiving an Exemplary Service medal, before retiring in 1988.

Bernie remains widely respected for his pioneering work in youth justice programs where he championed the powerful influence of relationships built on mutual trust and respect. Bernie founded the Step-Up School and DARE Programs (now ISSP) and designed the program model for PLEA’s youth justice residential services. A video of both he and another key figure in PLEA’s history, Alasdair Gordon, can be found here

Later, he took up a third career with the RCMP Public Complaints Commission.

An avid sailor, Bernie was well known at the Burrard Bridge Civic Marina, and the Tiddly Cove and Squamish Yacht Clubs. He was a long-time volunteer at the Squamish Red Cross medical equipment loan service.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to PLEA Community Services – KidStart or the Red Cross.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday May 23 at 2PM at the Odd Fellows Hall, 1443 West 8th Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver.

Our condolences go out to Tim, his family and all those who had the pleasure of knowing the limitless compassion of such a wonderful man.

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