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January 21, 2013

The future is yours to embrace

Celebrating Convocation and the installation of a new President

Recently appointed President and CEO, Dr. Michel Tarko, was officially installed by JIBC Board of Governors Chair, Doug Eastwood, at a brief ceremony immediately prior to JIBC’s January 17 Convocation, held at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby.

In his remarks after witnessing the installation, the Honourable John Yap, BC Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation & Technology, congratulated President Tarko and expressed confidence that the Institute would continue to set a high standard for justice and public safety education.  He also reminded graduates of the value of their investment in education and the doors it would open with respect to their future careers, noting that “the future is yours to embrace.”

JIBC graduates shared the spotlight at Convocation with honorary degree recipients Dr. Peter Brown and Dr. Peter Armstrong.   Dr. Brown, founder and Honorary Chairman of Canaccord Financial Inc. and a third generation British Columbian, was cited for his contribution to the development of the province, in particular his leadership on a number of business and community boards, including the Vancouver Police Foundation. In his address to Convocation, he urged graduates to trust themselves and their instincts, as a recipe for instigating change in the world.

Dr. Armstrong was recognized with the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws for his accomplishments as the founder and Executive Chairman of Armstrong Group, owner and operator of the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer; and his contribution to the tourism and hospitality industry.  He also serves as a trustee of the Vancouver Police Foundation.

In addition to officially installing President Tarko and conferring the honorary degrees, JIBC Board of Governors Chair Doug Eastwood also conferred certificates and diplomas on over 400 graduates from JIBC’s three schools: School of Community & Social Justice, School of Health Sciences, and School of Public Safety & Security. He urged them all to, “act as though what you do will make a difference, as it assuredly will.”

Addressing Convocation on behalf of graduates from the School of Community & Social Justice, Glensen Aquash, who completed the Substance Use Certificate, spoke of learning “how to appreciate the uniqueness of the individual, and to listen, and ask open-ended non-judgmental questions” in order to help those dealing with substance abuse find hope. 

Advanced Care Paramedic graduate Shannon Mawdsley described her program instructors as among the best in Canada, striving “to produce the best students, but also the best practitioners.”

In his address to the graduating class on behalf of the School of Public Safety & Security, Law Enforcement Studies Diploma graduate Ryan Joyner challenged his classmates “not to settle for anything less that your heart desires, and you will achieve it.”

The graduates, with their well-earned academic credentials, are now ready to serve and to follow in the footsteps of JIBC alumni who have made a commitment to keeping communities safe.

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