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February 3, 2011

Convocation celebration

More than 650 students graduate at JIBC Convocation

JIBC graduates along with honorary degree recipients Dr. Jim Chu and Dr. Marvin Storrow, Q.C., shared the stage February 1 at the JIBC Winter 2011 Convocation.

In his remarks, JIBC President Jack McGee urged the graduates to “ensure that the environment in which we live, play and work remains safe and secure.”

Dr. Chu, Vancouver Police Department Chief Constable and a graduate of the JIBC Police Academy in 1979, is the first JIBC alumnus to be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the Institute. He reminisced about his experiences as a police recruit, particularly the commitment of faculty to provide “the grounding needed to be a police officer.” Dr. Storrow, a legal luminary and long-serving member of the JIBC Foundation Board, was similarly recognized and said that, “without the JIBC, our BC communities would not be as safe as they are.”

In addition to conferring the honorary degrees, JIBC Board of Governors Chair Mary Manning also conferred certificates and diplomas for more than 650 graduates, including the first cohort of Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) students. Speaking on behalf of the graduating LESD class, Simon White advised that his he and his fellow graduates should, “seek constant improvement, through reflection and education.”

The School of Community & Social Justice awarded a number of Certificates in Aboriginal Leadership, Conflict Resolution, By-law Enforcement, Critical Incident Stress Management, Family Mediation, Instructor Development, Substance Use, Management & Leadership. The School of Health Sciences conferred Primary Care Paramedic certificates and Advance care Paramedic Diplomas. The School of Public Safety & Security conferred Certificates in Family Justice Counselling, Emergency Management and Emergency Management Exercise Design and Police Studies; and Law Enforcement Studies Diplomas.

Receiving a special BC Ambulance Service “Stork Award” was Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) graduate Jaime White. While attending calls with a senior paramedic crew in order to gain the required practical experience to complete the PCP program, Jaime helped deliver a healthy baby.

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