Supervisor – Car 60 Unit
Prince George Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Sonja Blom’s career has focused on helping people with emotional and mental health issues. Through her sincere compassion for these health challenges, Sonja leads the RCMP’s response in dealing with mental health issues – with a commitment to educating others about coping and living with these challenges. Her involvement extends to her personal time, when she volunteers in order to raise awareness for mental health.
Sonja is a graduate of Thompson Rivers University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. For the past nine years, Sonja has been a member of the RCMP, serving the Prince George community, with a recent promotion to Corporal. She helped establish, and currently oversees, Car 60, the mental health and domestic violence unit – a partnership between Northern Health and the Prince George RCMP detachment.
Recently, Cpl. Blom worked with Kamloops and Kelowna to establish a similar program within those communities. As part of her outreach, Cpl. Blom speaks about mental health with various organizations in town, including the UNBC Medical Program (regarding domestic abuse to raise awareness and provide insight on addressing violence). In 2015, Car 60 won a Healthier You Award, and Sonja was invited to speak at the Union of BC Municipalities. She also oversees operations of the detachment’s new Integrated Domestic Violence Unit.
In addition to her role with Car 60, Cpl. Blom provides backup media relations for the Prince George RCMP detachment and participates in Red Surge activities on behalf of the RCMP at various events in the community. She is also a resource to the RCMP peer-to-peer program, providing support and guidance for RCMP members that are facing challenges because of their service.
Sonja, originally from 100 Mile House, resides in Prince George with her husband and two daughters. While her work and volunteer time is essential to her, she actively engages in her daughter’s education and extra-curricular activities.
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