Tributes

Celebrate, honour or memorialize a loved one, friend or colleague

When paramedic Thomas St. Laurent passed away suddenly, his friends and family knew exactly how they wanted to pay tribute.

Tribute gifts to The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation are a meaningful way to honour and celebrate an individual’s life, professional excellence, dedication to a program, or outstanding contribution to their community. Donors can also choose to express gratitude for exceptional care provided by first responders and public safety professionals.

Your gift is a lasting recognition to your loved one and will make a difference in the lives of JIBC students. By giving to The JIBC Foundation, you are supporting student success and JIBC’s mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through exceptional applied education, training and research.

In Honour

Jack & Donna McGee Student Endowment Fund
Jim and Vicki Chu Legacy Award

In Memory

Bev Stenning
Derm McNulty Courage to Be Curious Memorial Award Fund
Fallen Paramedic Tribute Award
Jon Baillie Endowment Fund 
Tim Jones Memorial Endowment Fund
Thomas St. Laurent Memorial Award 

 


Jack & Donna McGee Student Endowment Fund

Jack & Donna McGee Student Endowment Fund

After more than 11 years as President of the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), Jack McGee retired in the fall of 2012. Led by his strategic vision, JIBC expanded the foundational focus of the Institute on delivering training for justice and public safety professionals, to providing opportunities to BC students and learners from around the world for innovative education that leads to undergraduate and graduate certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

He also presided over the expansion of JIBC across the province, including the opening of campuses in Vancouver, Chilliwack, Victoria, Kelowna, and Pitt Meadows, and the Dr. Donald B. Rix Public Safety Simulation Building at the New Westminster campus. Under his leadership, JIBC also expanded partnerships and eLearning capability, enabling the Institute to deliver education and training in more than 175 communities across BC and to thousands of students who study online.

Several years ago, Jack and his wife Donna established an endowment fund to recognize students’ educational achievements, and to assist students in financial hardship. The endowment reflects their commitment to, and passion for, public safety education. The endowment will increase access to financial support for JIBC students, which will help to attract new public safety professionals.

To mark Jack’s retirement, the JIBC Foundation is accepting donations to the endowment fund:

Donate online to the Jack & Donna McGee Student Endowment Fund


bevBev Stenning

In recognition of Bev Stenning’s outstanding contribution to service and leadership, the Capital Region Emergency Awareness Network (CREAN) has established the Bev Stenning Excellence in Emergency Management Memorial Award  in her honour.

The award is presented annually to students enrolled in the Emergency Management Certificate program, or the Emergency and Security Management diploma or degree programs.

Bev was an exemplary volunteer, teacher and leader who contributed greatly to the emergency management community in B.C. since she joined the Victoria Emergency Management Agency (VEMA) in 2002. She passed away in March 2015 after a courageous fight with cancer. Her dedication to helping the community was demonstrated countless times as she helped provide emergency social services for British Columbians who were forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, and other emergencies.

Her passion for teaching led her to JIBC and the Red Cross. She often travelled throughout the province to deliver emergency management workshops and worked extensively to organize the successful, bi-annual Vancouver Island Emergency Preparedness Conference that brings together hundreds of volunteers to learn new skills, share experiences, and build bridges between Island communities towards better emergency preparedness.

Bev had a long history as an enthusiastic and well-regarded instructor in JIBC’s ESS training program and her commitment to sharing her knowledge and experience with others, who had the same desire to help those impacted by a disaster as her, was second to none.

To make a financial contribution to the Bev Stenning Excellence in Emergency Management Memorial Award, please visit The JIBC Foundation’s online donation page.

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Derm McNulty Courage to Be Curious Memorial Award Fund

The Derm McNulty Courage to be Curious Memorial Award was established in 2012 by Karen Schmieg, friends, family and JIBC staff in memory of Karen’s late husband Derm McNulty, a former JIBC staff

The Derm McNulty Courage to be Curious Memorial Award was established in 2012 by Karen Schmieg, friends, family and JIBC staff in memory of Karen’s late husband Derm McNulty, a former JIBC staff member and long-term faculty member with the JIBC Centre for Conflict Resolution. A common-sense guy and electrician by trade, Derm saw education and training in conflict resolution as life-transforming. At 49 years old he began the Certificate in Conflict Resolution, which forever changed his life. He continued to “fix things” and help many students before cancer took his life too suddenly in 2010.

All donations made to the JIBC Foundation in memory of Derm McNulty will be put towards the Derm McNulty Courage to be Curious Memorial Award fund. The purpose of the award is to provide tuition support for Centre for Conflict Resolution students. Applicants could be seeking a career change, returning to education after a long break, or just wishing to reinvent themselves.

It is hoped this award will spur the "courage to be curious," reflecting Derm’s spirit for life.

Donate online to the Derm McNulty Courage to Be Curious Memorial Award Fund

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Fallen Paramedic Tribute Award

With the unveiling of the Fallen Paramedic Memorial on the grounds of the legislature in Victoria on May 6, 2015, a student award was also dedicated to paramedics in British Columbia who have given their lives in the line of duty in service to their province.

Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka were both JIBC alumni and BC Ambulance Service paramedics who were tragically killed when their ambulance plunged into Kennedy Lake on October 19, 2010. They both provided a combined 37 years of service to British Columbians as employees of the BC Ambulance Service, exemplifying a remarkable legacy of exceptional leadership and outstanding service. In tribute, fellow paramedics came together to establish an award that supports and recognizes JIBC students pursuing careers in paramedicine.

In the years that followed, the award evolved to reflect program developments at JIBC and now recognizes all the paramedics who have died in the line of duty in service to their province. This award remembers those that paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community and recognizes students who exemplify the care, passion and leadership of our fallen paramedics.

To donate to the Fallen Paramedics Tribute Award, or for more information about creating a memorial gift, please contact The JIBC Foundation.

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Jon BaillieJon Baillie Endowment Fund 

 The Jon Baillie Memorial Award is made possible through donations to the Jon Baillie Endowment Fund. In 2000 family and friends of the late Port Coquitlam Fire Chief established this award to honour his contribution to the community and to help students pursue a career in firefighting. Jon Baillie retired after 26 years in the Vancouver Fire Service as Assistant Chief Training Officer. He was then the Port Coquitlam Fire Chief, retiring after four years as Chief, to complete his 30 years of service.

Jon Baillie is remembered for his love of the fire service and his involvement in minor sports. He was a familiar sight at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex, as he was heavily involved in the City’s Ringette programs. The Jon Baillie Arenas is named as a tribute to the man who served his community of Port Coquitlam with pride and passion—as a City Councillor, businessman, volunteer, coach, instructor, referee and friend.

The JIBC Foundation hopes to build annual cash donations to continue disbursing this award that recognizes students demonstrating outstanding performance in academic and practical skills, teamwork, work ethic, leadership and professionalism. All donations will be put towards $250 cash awards disbursed each year.

Donate online Jon Baillie Endowment Fund

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Tim Jones photo by Ian Kerr

Tim Jones Memorial Endowment Fund

Some people lead in such a way that they do not realize they are inspiring others around them. There was no greater example than Tim Jones.  

Tim was recognized, both locally and nationally, for his accomplishments and outstanding contribution to public safety. With 32 years of dedicated service with the BC Ambulance Service and participation in more than 1,400 rescues over 25 years with North Shore Rescue, Tim made a difference in the communities he served.  

Tim was both a paid and volunteer public safety professional, giving more of himself than he ever took. He embodied professionalism in all of his pursuits, and advocated for strengthened communities through unity of purpose and communication in public safety organizations. Relationship building was his strength, volunteerism his calling, and public safety his passion.

Tim believed in the value of education, demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning by taking more than 60 courses at JIBC, including several advanced training certifications with a specialization in advanced life-support paramedicine.

In 2013, Tim and the volunteers of North Shore Rescue were honoured at The JIBC Foundation Gala with the Dr. Joseph H. Cohen Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in the field of public safety. At that time, Foundation Chair John Chesman said: "We are grateful to Tim and his team of volunteers for their dedication in helping to keep members of our communities safe." Tim was also recognized by JIBC in 2007 with a Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Upon the passing of our local hero in January 2014, the community rallied behind JIBC and helped establish the Tim Jones Memorial Endowment Fund. The endowment will support an award for Advanced Care Paramedic students to assist with tuition, many who want to follow in Tim’s footsteps. The goal is to distribute the inaugural award in 2016.

If you wish to recognize Tim and his extraordinary contribution to public safety, we encourage you to make a donation in support of the Tim Jones Memorial Endowment Fund.  Please visit our donation page to contribute to Tim’s Fund                                                           

Photo by Ian Kerr

Donate online to the Time Jones Endowment Fund 

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Thomas St. Laurent Memorial Award

Thomas St. Laurent Memorial Award 

Tom served in the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) and British Columbia Emergency Health Services for over 30 years, serving in many communities across the province.

He rose to the level of Superintendent and Duty Operations Manager before his recent passing.

Tom was a consummate professional, taking great pride in his work and contribution as a paramedic. His reputation of empathy, engagement and support for those around him, particularly those working on the front lines in our communities, is an impression many of his colleagues will certainly remember.

Tom also had commitment to learning, which led him to the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) for specialized training as a Primary Care Paramedic. His career with the BCAS would begin in 1983, where his primary role was to respond to calls, often by boat or aircraft, in remote areas of the province.

The Thomas St. Laurent Memorial Award recognizes and honours Tom’s legacy, and serves as a lasting tribute by all who knew Tom or worked alongside him.

Paul Richards, Director for Patient Care Delivery at BCEHS said, “Tom always put the needs and concerns of paramedics first, and was dedicated to ensuring excellence and professionalism in patient care throughout his career. It is fitting and an excellent legacy for Tom that this award goes to students enhancing their skill and expertise in paramedicine.”

This annual $1,000 award will provide tuition support for students in the Diploma in Health SciencesPrimary Care Paramedic program or Advanced Care Paramedic  program.  Read more

Donate online to the Thomas St. Laurent Memorial Award

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Last updated January 4, 2017