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Geri Bemister

Geri Bemister


Humanities & Social Sciences

Subjects: Criminology
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4026
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8711 ext. 8759 | Location CEN - 206

Geri Bemister is a recognized expert on substance abuse and associated issues, both provincially and nationally. She was most recently appointed to the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse’s (CCSA) Advisory Committee. This position stems from her involvement in the recent CCSA summit on Addiction Recovery. She was also appointed by Premier Christy Clark to the BC Government’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Crime Reduction which concluded in December 2014, with recommendations from the final report currently being implemented.

Ms. Bemister has obtained numerous certifications surrounding the fields of addictions management and criminal justice, achieving designations as an alcohol and drug interventionist, counsellor, and criminologist along with clearances with the RCMP and Correctional Service of Canada. Having obtained a Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of the Fraser Valley with honors, wherein she received the Wally Oppal Endowment Leadership Award, she is a professor within the Department of Criminology at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, and North Island College in Courtenay.

Ms. Bemister's dedication to the field of addiction and affected populations is reflected in numerous and diverse volunteer roles, some of which not previously mentioned above include: Nanaimo and District Surfside Society in which she was the board chair for several years, committee chair with Recovery Day Nanaimo 2013, Correctional Service of Canada, Tsawout First Nations, Stz’uminus First Nation, Cedars at Cobble Hill, Edgewood Treatment Centre, Kids4Kids Afterschool Program, and the Special Olympics.

Courses Taught

CRM-101 Introduction to Criminology

CRM-131 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

CRM-135 Introduction to Canadian Law & Legal Institutions

CRM-220 Research Methods in Criminology

CRM-230 Criminal Law

CRM-241 Introduction to Corrections

CRM-251 Introduction to Policing




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