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City of Edmonton appoints Nigerian as police commissioner

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On October 19, 2022, City Council appointed Anne-Marie Lambert, Walter (Wally) Sinclair and David Sowemimo from a diverse pool of applicants to serve as members of the Edmonton Police Commission for a term ending December 31, 2024.
Anne-Marie Lambert has resided in Edmonton since 2011 when she transferred here as an Intelligence Officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan and Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, followed by over 14 years with CSIS, including time as Chief of the Edmonton District Office. Currently the Director of Security at West Edmonton Mall, Anne-Marie is also enthusiastic about teaching future law enforcement personnel about social justice in her third-year criminology class at Lethbridge College.
Walter (Wally) Sinclair was raised in Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta, and is a member of the Sawridge First Nations. A veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Wally has significant experience as a community development practitioner in many areas, including employment, social services and addiction counselling. He completed the Local Government Professional Certification and Professional Certification in Addictions and Therapy programs at the University of Alberta. Wally is an Ambassador to Commanding Officer Royal Canadian Mounted Police “ K “ Division, the active chair of Lac La Biche Youth Justice, is an Elder at the Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre and was recently appointed to the Alberta Health Services Indigenous Wisdom Council.
David Sowemimo is a practicing lawyer at the law firm of James H. Brown & Associates. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) and Juris Doctor (J.D) degrees from the University of Manitoba before moving to Edmonton and completing his articles. He was called to the Alberta bar in 2016 and is a member of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association. David was a finalist in the Canadian Lawyer magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers 2020 award and believes in giving back to the community.
In 2021, he created an entrance scholarship for black law students at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law. David provides mentorship for young professionals and volunteers for various organizations, including the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council.
Anne-Marie, Wally and David bring a diverse set of skills and experiences to the commission and will be formally introduced at the commission’s next public meeting on November 17.

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