For this feature, Globe BC borrows from Marcel Proust (and other media that have popularized the French author’s questionnaire) as a way to get to know important people around this province.
Here is Adam Palmer, chief constable of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). The former correctional officer joined the force in 1987 and served as a patrol officer, in crowd control and in the Organized Crime Agency of B.C. before becoming chief in 2015.
Do you have a non-work related passion or hobby? What is it?
Staying fit and spending time with my kids.
What is your greatest fear?
A VPD officer getting seriously injured in the line of duty.
If you had $1-million to give to a charity, what cause or group would you select and why?
There are several worthy causes I support. However, I would choose the Vancouver Police Foundation. It funds public safety initiatives in our city – outside of the regular VPD operating budget – that support youth programs, mental health and addiction initiatives, and innovative programs that promote community well-being.
Which living person do you most admire?
The police officer, whose name you don’t know, who responds at 3 a.m. when someone is screaming for help. Others include Malala Yousafzai, my dad (deceased) and Margaret Thatcher (deceased). On a side-note, my all-time favourite athlete is Michael Jordan.
What do you most value in your friends?
Trust, loyalty and always being there for you.
What was your first paying job?
A summer job in my dad’s camera store at 834 W. Pender St. I was 16 years old.
What is the best present you have ever been given?
My two kids.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My work-life balance is not balanced.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
It’s a tie between ice cream and chocolate. Both work well together too.
What trait do you most despise?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being the best dad I can to two wonderful kids.
The best movie you have seen in the past year?
Mission: Impossible – Fallout. A movie I really enjoyed watching with my son was Thor: Ragnarok.
The best book you have read in the last year?
By Chance Alone by Dr. Max Eisen. It is Max’s real-life story about the horrors of the Holocaust and Auschwitz. After I read the book, I had the honour of meeting Max this summer. It was an incredibly moving experience.
Your favourite TV show?
My favourite cop show is Southland (2009-13). Other favourite TV shows include The Americans, Homeland and Seinfeld.
What most inspires you?
The men and women I work with at the VPD. They make an incredible difference in our community and inspire me every day.
What talent would you most like to have?
To be a really good guitar and piano player. I used to play the alto sax many years ago, but I never kept up with it.
An object you still own from childhood?
A small statue of a knight in armour that I received from my dad as a kid. I recently gave it to my son and he keeps it in his room.
What is the greatest issue facing Vancouver or B.C.?
The fentanyl crisis. It’s the most serious public health emergency in Canada in my lifetime.
What life lesson have you learned this year?
Enjoy life and don’t put off things you’ve always wanted to do until it’s too late.
What is your life motto?
That’s easy: Work hard and treat people with respect. I learned that from my dad.