A Leader In My Community: Deputy Chief Dave Jansen

For my leadership interview I decided to interview Deputy Chief Jansen.

DC Jansen has been dedicated to the New Westminster Police Department for about 25 years and has accomplished so much. He’s so inspiring as he went from someone hired in 1990 without any post secondary education, to Deputy Chief Constable. Amazing. He’s been in so many positions, received so many awards and is still, one of the most humble and cool people I’ve had the honor to talk to.

I put all the amazing things I learnt from and about Deputy Chief Jansen into a PowerPoint. I put a lot of effort into it, so if you want to check it out, click here, here, or here.

Again, I just want to thank Deputy Chief Jansen for allowing me to interview him. I really dug deeper into what a leader, and how anyone can do a job but not everyone can be a leader. I came to so many crazy realizations, it was incredible. Thank you so much!

The Story of ZIP

For my ZIP project, I did Slam Poetry. I had already done all of the researching on slam poetry during my ZAP project, so I knew I had to find a unique way to challenge myself. So why do a duet poem with someone I don’t know very well? Perfect.

I did my duet poem with Ben, who I had never worked with anything before. Us doing a slam poem together totally started as a joke- but I’m so glad that we actually took it on. There was a lot of work and stress involved with this project, but we laughed our way through it and had so much fun.  I think our differences, all the way down to our voices, made us stronger in the end. We had a lot of challenges, and that just makes me even more proud of our end product.

This was my second slam poem and Ben’s first. I found myself constantly pulling out my inner teacher and showing him all the little things I learnt throughout ZAP. I showed him YouTube video clips and gave countless tips. There isn’t to much of a technical art to slam poetry, but there are some things that are good to know, depending on what you want to get across. Its ALL about what the audience gets from it. There’s no room for inside-jokes or complexities, which I found to be a really good tip to give early, since we joked about a lot. Teaching Ben some things about slam poetry, and even just creating another one really crystalized my knowledge of it. I’m basically a professional poet now.

Just kidding.

After discussing what slam was, we then had to come up with a theme, or topic. Coming to a consensus on an idea was bound to be the hardest part. I knew going in that slam poetry is most powerful when it is personal and relevant to you. Therefore, brainstorming topics that both Ben and I found personally moving was a struggle! We ended up coming up with two strong concepts that spoke to both of us. We started with one and wrote a bit… but then decided it was a little to dark. So we moved to the next! We wrote half of it so easily, but maybe that was a bad thing. Our ideas were all over the place and not too great. With not too much time to spare, we returned to our first idea. We lightened it just a bit and changed it. If you want to read our final product, click [here]

Performing our poem was my favourite part. I feel like our contrasting voices and attempts at layer them was really cool! We used our tones and expressive capabilities to our advantage and I’m really proud of that. We could have practiced more, and definitely been more decisive, but duet poetry is very challenging. I think we did good.

Sorry ZAP, but your brother, ZIP, is a little better. Just a little.


Thomas Paine- Final Address

Well… that was fun!

These last five years have been quite the adventure for me. And to think I only returned to England and France to raise funds for an iron bridge! My first revolution in America might have been more successful in some minds, but this one was certainly major progress for us French… yes, that’s right! I’m a French citizen now! I even now have a seat in the French Convention! Not bad for an Englishman!

That’s not even all I’ve accomplished or gone through either in this time. I published Rights of a Man, was almost arrested in England because of it, created a society of Republicans, spread word of the king leaving us his thrown, got stuck in jail, weaseled my way out of execution and lived to write about. I honestly don’t regret anything. I am man enough to claim my words and choices. I am responsible for the conflict I may have caused, but they always ended in my favor. I mean, I’m still living am I not? *take that Robespierre* I now focus my time on my newest work on the success of the revolution- The Age of Reason. I guess the Revolution just wasn’t as kind to others as it was to me. Lead, follow, or die trying.

Dear Diary,

Hello, it’s me again. Thomas Paine. The year is 1791, summer

It’s been a while since I’ve written in this book. Last time we met, I believe I was ripping out several of your pages to write my most recent work- which I am proud to say is complete! It was published March 13th, and it’s called Rights of a Man.

I originally wrote it as a reply to Edmund Burke’s attack, “Reflections on the Revolution in France” but it escalated to more than that. Its purpose served to also tell the revolutionaries that the interests of the French people and the Monarch are united. Also to tell the Royalists that the revolution is an attack on the despotic principals, not the King himself. The Basitille is a representation of the despotism being overthrown.

Rights of a Man isn’t all that I have been up to. Recently our King has decided to flee. What a wonderful thing! It’s almost as if he placed the power right into me and my fellow republican’s grubby hands!

Because of this great affair, I assembled La Société des Republicains! With the help of those with similar beliefs we were able to publish a document of how the King’s flee was a symbol of a Republic. He was handing us the thrown!

We’ll see where this goes. Some say they’re going to bring the King back. How foolish! The man gave us his position and left, we should let him be! Wait… what’s this noise I hear outside? Oh my. He’s back-

To Whom it May Concern…

Hello, my name is Thomas Paine and I want equality and democracy for everyone. Nice to meet you.


I write this to assure you all that our current situation in France is not one I am unfamiliar with.

In 1774, I emigrated to America from England (shoutout to Benjamin Franklin) and became the co-editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine. This is when I became well-acquainted with the smell of tension and rebellion. For a man like me, such a smell can not just sit in the air. Action must be taken. In 1776, I did just that. I published a pamphlet called “Common Sense” on my ideas about American independence which spread like wildfire. This eventually led to the Declaration of Independence, which I had a hand in writing. I knew for America, sooner or later independence from England would come.

I know for France, sooner or later independence from their selfish Monarchs will come.

I recently returned to Europe to raise money for the development of a bridge I designed (my smokeless candles didn’t work out), but the smell of rebellion can not go unnoticed. I can feel another revolution growing in my gut and like the first time, I can’t stay out of it. Especially with people like Edmund Burke and their idiotic opinions. After reading “Reflections on the Revolutions in France” I feel sick to my stomach. His views on revolution are foolish and I can’t stand seeing foolish ideas being passed around. France needs change. I jump-started one revolution, I have no doubts I can put another into action.

I am Thomas Paine. I am a very democratic man who believes every man is equal and should have rights to make decisions for himself. I believe that change in France is necessary and government should reflect social equality, not greed. That is what I want.

Those ignorant fools such as Burke stand in my way, but I got the attention of the masses through my writing once, I can do it again. Soon everyone will know the rights of a man.