Superintendent Deb Jolly was a longtime member of AWIPS, joining the group shortly after its inception. Superintendent Jolly was a 30-year member of the Edmonton Police Service and was a woman of great accomplishment. Despite those numerous accomplishments, her great humility led her to always insist that any communication not include reference to her title, position, or accomplishments. “Deb” as her friends called her, was particularly passionate about her work with United Nations peacekeeping missions, and her work with the team in the Sexual Assault Section to reduce stereotypes that disadvantage sexual assault victims. Superintendent Jolly passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020 after a short battle with cancer.

This award is intended to highlight the excellence in leadership that Superintendent Jolly exemplified and that exists among the women in public safety in Alberta.

It will be awarded to any woman (or someone identifying as a woman) in public safety (sworn or civilian) in Alberta who has distinguished themselves by demonstrating ongoing excellence in leadership in public safety. The recipient will not only have demonstrated leadership in public safety, but will have contributed significantly to the advancement of women in the field. The award recipient should demonstrate the following award criteria:


  • Is widely recognized for their expertise and actively works to empower others.
  • Leads by example and motivates members of their team, organization, or industry.
  • Acts as a mentor, advisor, and teacher, to make a positive impact on members of their organization or the profession.

Deb Jolly leadership award


  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work.

Courage and Resiliency:

  • Demonstrates courage and resilience, overcoming obstacles, in pursuit of better outcomes.


Has demonstrated significant investment and engagement with community leaders to improve relationships.

Uses community involvement to advance public safety as a career option, with a goal of increasing diversity in public safety in Alberta.

Advocacy for women:

  • Actively contributes to the advancement and development of women either inside or outside their own organization.
  • Publicly celebrates the work and accomplishments of noted and distinguished female leaders.
  • Leads by example; promoting and broadcasting the need to continuously support and advocate for female leadership.
  • Actively uses their own position of influence to encourage the promotion, hiring, and development of strong female talent.
  • Actively encourages debate about the importance of gender diversity in the boardroom and at the executive level.
  • Is a strong role model for female empowerment and takes every opportunity to challenge the status quo as it relates to gender equity.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Sworn or civilian member of a public safety agency in Alberta that identifies as female.