The DVBIA is excited to introduce you to Arden Grant, Senior Manager of Community Safety and Charlene Abellana, Operations Lead.

Arden Grant, Senior Manager of Community Safety

The DVBIA is excited to introduce you to Arden Grant, our new Senior Manager of Community Safety. Having worked at both the municipal and federal levels, Arden has a strong background in policing. Arden’s previous role was Records Supervisor for the Ridge-Meadows RCMP. This included supervising a team of 13 staff in various departments in Records Management. She was also the Coordinator for the Police Records Information Management System (PRIME) that the police force uses to write their reports. Arden was attracted to her new role at the DVBIA because she is interested in making a difference in downtown Vancouver through Community Safety. This will be Arden’s first time in many years working in the downtown Vancouver district, and is very excited to be back.

Growing up as a West Coast girl, Vancouver has always held a special place in Arden’s heart. Her favourite downtown neighbourhood is Coal Harbour, where she enjoys walking the seawall, hitting a happy hour, and taking in all the amazing scenery downtown Vancouver has to offer.

In her new position, Arden is most looking forward to meeting and liaising with members, the VPD, and the City of Vancouver. She is excited to help support them in making downtown Vancouver the most welcoming place to be. Arden’s favourite Community Safety initiative she has seen being implemented downtown is the Safety Ambassadors and the Clean Team. Arden says, “they are an amazing group who take pride in their work and act as a great point of contact between all stakeholders. They are the face of the DVBIA and are very recognizable in the community, which is what people love to see.”

Charlene Abellana, Operations Lead of Community Safety

Charlene Abellana joined the DVBIA team as Operations Lead, Community Safety, back in July and has since made her mark on the association. Charlene began her career in Human Resources, which eventually lead her to the security industry. Overtime, Charlene was exposed to various roles within the industry that introduced her to Public Safety, where she grew to be passionate about Community Safety overall.
Charlene was attracted to her current role as Operations Lead because of her previous experiences working in HR and Operations. “It is rewarding to know that I am in a position where I am taking part in various initiatives and projects that give back to our downtown community,” she says. She is excited to be working in a role where she can collectively work with the Safety Ambassadors and Clean Team to be part of a solution in making downtown Vancouver communities safer and inviting. Charlene has worked in the downtown Vancouver district for almost seven years and is excited to continue her Community Safety experience with the DVBIA.
“I feel very passionate about being a part of change, so working in Community Safety, to me, also means engaging with those who live and operate in downtown Vancouver,” she says. Charlene is looking forward to being involved in conversations regarding what she and her team can do to make an effective impact to ensure that the whole downtown community feels safe and welcomed. “There are various social issues that are currently being faced in our district; therefore, I am very much looking forward to seeing how the DVBIA can use its voice to make a difference in combatting those issues while working alongside our district’s diverse communities,” says Charlene.
Coal Harbour and “wherever there are food trucks” are some of Charlene’s favourite downtown locations. Charlene enjoys taking in the North Shore view, watching the seaplanes take off from Coal Harbour, indulging in happy hour, trying new restaurants, and getting her sweat on while boxing. Lounging at home with her dogs and spending time with her family and friends are also some of her favourite activities.