Past Award Recipients
Pete Learoyd, Program Director, Emergency Management Division (EMD), began his career with JIBC as an instructor, teaching emergency management fundamentals to communities across the province. His role in EMD has grown from oversight of contract training and customized course offerings to include managing EMD’s core client training and emergency management training for First Nations communities in BC.
He has taken the initiative to develop and deliver emergency management training for JIBC’s Senior Management Council, as well as senior and executive leaders at other post-secondary institutions. Pete’s applied research, particularly his work on models for post-disaster damage and safety assessment, informs JIBC curriculum as well as practices used in BC, Canada and beyond.
Pete has actively promoted diversity in emergency management training, from curriculum to personnel. This has included ensuring that JIBC indigenized the delivery of courses to BC First Nations communities so they would meet the Indigenous communities’ needs for relevant and culturally-appropriate training. He has been a champion of Praxis, JIBC’s online, interactive computer-simulation training tool, and has led several initiatives despite the demands of his existing workload, contributing to the success of not only EMD but JIBC as a whole.
Steve Schnitzer joined JIBC in September 2010 as a Program Coordinator for the Police Academy’s Law Enforcement & Regulatory Training. Today, he is the Director of the Police Academy and was instrumental in overseeing the dramatic and ground-breaking change to the Police Recruit Training program, this year’s recipient of the Program of Excellence Award.
Historically, police academies and training institutions have utilized a lecture-based training approach with micro simulations. Under Steve’s unwavering leadership, the Police Academy developed and implemented a case-based curriculum based on competencies.
In addition, Steve was instrumental in chairing a committee to create a conference on the opioid crisis for senior police leaders. In this role, Steve was required to pull together a diverse group of first responders from throughout Canada and the United States as well as other subject matter experts on opioids.
Steve also initiated and directed the implementation of strategies to assist students including a mentorship program, directed studies program and an appeal process for recruits.
Melanie Meyers started working at JIBC in 2008, and since 2010 has been in the Centre for Teaching, Learning & Innovation (CTLI) where she has made a significant contribution to advancing JIBC’s vision of safer communities and a just society through her role as a Senior Instructional Designer for CTLI.
Melanie has led a number of key and award winning projects that have shifted JIBC’s approach to innovative programming in Justice and Public Safety. These include the development of ABC of AD, JIBC’s first Wordpress micro-learning course; the development of online courses in the Road Safety at Work program, JIBC’s first use of LearnDash, to make workplace training more accessible and mobile; and more recently, the development of the Fentanyl Safety for First Responders training and information site. The fentanyl site is a good example of a highly visible and valued resource that truly does help keep our communities safe.
Melanie is passionate about the quality of work which JIBC produces. She is respected across the organization and has developed a reputation, both internally and externally, as a creative leader in instructional design and complex e-learning projects. This has led to clients specifically requesting Melanie for projects, and she has responded by mentoring and coaching other instructional designers in CTLI in order to help JIBC develop more capacity to support innovative programming and e-learning.
Caroline White joined JIBC in 2005, bringing with her an extensive and impressive background in community service and social justice. In addition to her role as Program Director for the Centre for Counselling and Community Safety, she has been involved as committee chair for Program Council, as a member of both the Research & Ethics Committee and the Psychological Health & Safety Standard Work Group. She has significantly contributed towards the attainment of JIBC’s vision for “safer communities and a more just society.”
Caroline and her team work closely with the Centre for Teaching, Learning & Innovation to provide innovative solutions that support greater online access for students while maintaining an experiential, student-focused experience. She works across JIBC to support colleagues to integrate appropriate curriculum into their programming in the areas of violence, mental health and complex trauma.
Caroline has worked hard to ensure inclusivity at JIBC in the development of policy, curriculum, pedagogy and service delivery. She works collaboratively to address social and health inequities and promotes social justice in general.
Steve McCartney first came to JIBC as a police recruit instructor in 2008. During his 28 years as a police officer, Steve held various positions with the Vancouver Police Department however, he displayed particular strength in his ability to conduct complex investigations into serious crimes.
He retired from the VPD in 2012 and became the Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program shortly thereafter.
Steve has become the face of the LESD program, participating in many outreach programs at numerous high schools, conferences and seminars. He is the liaison person for the highly successful exchange program between Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland and JIBC. As a member of the Canadian Association of Police educators, he acts as the bridge between operational police training and educational programs that lead to careers in law enforcement.
Jodie is the Program Manager, Medical Responder Programs in the Health Sciences Division. He has and continues to work tirelessly to ensure the success of our students. He exemplifies JIBC's commitment to and value of learning. In addition to expanding the delivery of the EMR course at our JIBC campuses and with our partner institutions around the province, Jodie has also been integral to a number of successful proposals for funding for the delivery of the FEMR and EMR courses in aboriginal communities.
In 2012, Tannis’ vision of a central area, focused on technology, education and teaching and learning was realized with the formation of a Technology-Enabled Learning and Teaching (TELT) Centre. This centre contributes daily to JIBC’s vision by being a support to faculty, staff in developing and improving teaching and learning. In particular, the formation of TELT directly supports key goals of the JIBC Strategic Plan, leading through innovation as it relates directly to the expansion of experiential learning through online and other technology-facilitated processes.
|2010||Deborah Richards |
Deborah has committed herself to providing students with quality CMA accredited programs. She also leads the School of Health Science initiatives of expanded degree path programs, the development of the proposed JIBC Bachelor of Science Degree and the School of Health Science Centre for Graduate Studies.
|Raed Jweihan |
In his role as cultural liaison officer for JIBC, Raed consistently works to support our vision of being a world leader in justice and public safety education and research. He employs his cultural, language and religious background to promote JIBC programs in the Gulf Region. JIBC's success in international programs is based in large part on Raed’s skills, his credibility, and his efforts.
|2009||April Haddad |
April recently received acknowledgement of her twenty five years of employment at the JIBC. This is a significant achievement and a testament to her unwavering loyalty to the Institute's Mission and her determination to contribute to that mission by building the best possible library service. April is also known for taking on projects or exploring ideas that contribute to the JIBC at large, and there have been many examples of this in April’s years of service.
|2008||Laurie McAvoy |
Laurie has been with the JIBC since 1998 having worked initially in the Paramedic Academy and more recently in the Community and Social Justice Division. She emulates the JIBC values of Learning, Service, and Integrity. She is a life-long learner who provides outstanding service to students and her colleagues and is highly ethical in her approach to business.
|2007||Don Walden |
Don has been employed at the JIBC on and off for over 15 years; full time since 2003. Don is a dedicated, professional and committed employee who always leads by example and has a positive influence on others. He has been one of the driving forces behind employee wellness, and has participated in fund raising activities such as Cops for Cancer and the United Way.
|Murray Day |
Among the many accomplishments in his career, Murray led the creation of the Emergency Social Services Academy in conjunction with the Ministry of Human Resources. Furthermore, Murray was instrumental in the creation of the critical incident simulation center.
|2006||Lori Bodin (Munro) |
Lori has been employed at the JIBC since 1997, and at the time she received the President's Award she was working as the Online Course Planner/Webpage Designer in the Corrections and Community Justice Division. Among other accomplishments, Lori has been one of the driving forces behind “staff wellness” and the Wellness Committee, and has tackled the many complex tasks to move the new JIBC website from concept to reality.
|2000||Paula Connolly, Robyn Towle (Kowan)|
|1999||Anthony Williams, Marg Huber|
|2018||No award was given for 2018.|
|2017||No award was given for 2017.|
|2016||No award was given for 2016.|
|2015||No award was given for 2015.|
|2014||No award was given for 2014.|
Chris Rattenbury has made significant contributions to police training in British Columbia. He has routinely assisted the Police Academy with simulations and other training days as he has progressed through his career. He is currently a member of the Police Academy Chiefs' Committee, a governance committee that oversees the operations of the Police Academy on behalf of Police Services and British Columbia's Chiefs of Police.
|2012||No award was given for 2012.|
|2010||Dr. Kim Rossmo |
Dr. Rossmo is a Canadian criminologist specializing in geographic profiling. He joined the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) as a civilian employee in 1978 and became a sworn officer in 1980 after graduating in recruit class 15 from JIBC Police Academy. In 1987 he received a Master’s degree in criminology, and in 1995 he became the first police officer in Canada to obtain a Doctorate in Criminology.
After leaving VPD, Dr. Rossmo led the Police Foundation in Washington DC for three years. He then moved to Texas State University where he currently holds the Endowed Chair in Criminology, and is head of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation.
|Doug Smith |
Doug Smith has been involved in a variety of emergency services during his career, including volunteer fire fighter, paramedic, instructor for JIBC School of Health Sciences, volunteer ski patrol and a member of Search and Rescue. Doug’s professional passion is the epitome of JIBC’s mission statement.
Ultimately, Doug’s education, training and experience led him to his current role as lead instructor for the Emergency and Public Safety Department in Abu Dhabi. In this role, he is helping to establish the United Arab Emirates’ Urban Search and Rescue as one of the world's pre-eminent rescue teams.
|2009||Gord Schreiner |
Gord Schreiner has served the town of Comox for over 30 years as a member of the Comox Fire Rescue. He holds a diploma in Fire Service Leadership from JIBC as well as Chief Fire Officer designation from the Canadian Associate of Fire Chiefs. Gord has served his community in other ways, including director with the credit Union, manager of a division for Comox Valley minor hockey, and a coach in the minor hockey program.
|Les Fisher |
Les is a Graduate of the Paramedic Academy’s EMA I, EMA II, and EMA III-ALS programs and he has completed a variety of additional JIBC courses. Armed with these JIBC credentials, together with a master’s degree from Royal Roads University, Les has excelled in his chosen profession.
|2008||Brian Hutchinson |
Brian is a fire fighter with the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services. He is involved with many activities, including Chair of the BC & Yukon Fire Fighter Advisory Board for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
Brian is being recognized for his contribution to the global community through his efforts to increase the ability of several Central American fire service organizations to better serve their communities. His leadership in organizing the Engines for the El Salvador Project which delivered three fire trucks, equipment and training to El Salvador, and his subsequent continuation of these efforts to further aid other Central American nations, Paraguay and the Congo have all benefited Vancouver and Canada, as the recipient nations recognize that Canadians are truly contributors to the global village.
|2007||Tony Burke |
Tony is a graduate of the JIBC Fire Academy. At the time he received his Distinguished Alumnus Award he was a full time fire fighter with the Coquitlam Fire Department, and he also volunteered as Executive Director of the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Tony is a strong advocate of the JIBC fire academy, and strongly believes and promotes more education in community leadership, as he believes this is an important part of what JIBC graduates do in their professional lives.
|Chief Constable Jim Chu |
At the time he received the distinguished Alumnus Award, Chief Constable Jim Chu had already dedicated 28 years service in providing quality police services to the citizens of Vancouver. He graduated from JIBC, Class 13, and was chosen as Chief Constable in 2007. In addition to his police service, Chief Constable Chu has served on numerous boards, including the JIBC Board of Governors, is employed as a part-time faculty member with Douglas College’s Department of Criminology, is the author of Law Enforcement Information Technology as well as has published articles in many journals.
|Tim Jones |
Tim’s career began with the BC Ambulance service in 1982 where he worked as a paramedic, and was later promoted to Unit Chief. In addition to his commitment to the BC Ambulance Service, Tim works as a volunteer with the North Shore Search and Rescue Team. Tim began his relationship with North Shore Search and Rescue in 1987, and now serves as an elected Team Leader.
|Susan Davis |
Susan graduated from the JIBC’s Centre for Conflict Resolution and Center for Leadership with two certificates: one in Negotiations and one in Mediation/Third Party Intervention.
|2006||David Kai Chiu Pang, MCpl Jean de la Bourdonnaye|
No award was given for 2018.
Dian is employed at BC Housing and her association with JIBC began as early as 2008 when she approached the Centre for Conflict Resolution to deliver training for the learners of the Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures (ESAF) program, an Indigenous employment initiative sponsored by ACCESS.
Since then, her relationship with JIBC has grown, most notably with the partnership which began in 2012 between BC Housing’s Leadership and Learning division and JIBC’s Centre for Leadership. JIBC won the RFP to develop and deliver the Competencies in Leadership Integrated Program (CLIP). This two-year program partnership won gold in the Blended Learning category at the Canadian Awards for Training Excellence. Dian created the program vision and co-developed and contributed various modules. This program is now engaging its seventh cohort of mid-to-senior managers at BC Housing.
Through JIBC’s relationship with Dian and BC Housing, the Institute has provided leadership training and education to over 300 BC Housing employees at all levels. JIBC has also been included to facilitate CLIP modules for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and the Cross Crown Learning Council. The latter is comprised of senior leaders in several areas who engage in dialogue and shared learning between the numerous BC Crown Corporations. JIBC is the only post-secondary institute represented at the council.
Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA)
For the past nine years, the Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA) has partnered with JIBC’s Fire & Safety Division to provide a culturally rich and unique opportunity for students and graduates of the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate program through the One World Scholarship established by the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.
FRITA has taken JIBC students for volunteer service and learning experiences in El Salvador, Panama, and other Central American countries. During the deployment, FRITA volunteers supervise the students and coordinate a busy schedule of language lessons, physical fitness training, fire hall visits, and training activities with the local fire service. The students are also required to develop and deliver at least one training session to the local fire service. FRITA ensures this is an applied learning and training experience for our students and an opportunity for personal and professional growth.
No award was given for 2015.
BC Electronic Library Network
The BC Electronic Library Network has worked with JIBC’s Library for about 25 years to provide JIBC’s students with access to resources and services. This is truly a stellar consortium with a long positive history. BCELN negotiates consortium purchases of electronic resources at discounted costs, enabling JIBC to garner substantial saving on licensing costs and to continue to subscribe to products that we otherwise would not be able to afford. Because of the BCELN, JIBC can provide our students with the resources they need to achieve academic success, and employees with key resources in support of high quality programming.
Maria is employed by Corporate Caterers and has been supervising the kitchen staff at our New Westminster campus for approximately 15 years. She has and continues to play an important role in ensuring that our students, staff and visitors have access to nutritional and delicious food each day. Through her positive interactions with staff, students, and visitors to the New Westminster campus, she has truly become one of the “faces of JIBC.”
Michael has been a lawyer and a judge in California, and since his move to BC in 1985, has been concentrating on mediating and facilitating adult education in the field of negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution. His association with JIBC’s Centre for Conflict Resolution spans three decades. He was a founding faculty member of the Centre for Conflict Resolution.
|Mike Novakowski |
Mike graduated from JIBC recruit class 42 and taught in JIBC’s Police Academy. He now serves as Sergeant, Recruiting Section, Abbotsford Police Department.
|Norma Jean McLaren|
Norma-Jean partnered in 2007 with JIBC to develop and produce a training film for police recruits about the relationship of police and first nations people. This film, called “The Spirit Has No Colour” saw its first screening at the JIBC in March 2010. Since then it has been seen by many different groups, and at every screening the reputation of the Justice Institute of British Columbia is enhanced.
Norma-Jean's film is now a vital part of our Police Recruit training program. But it is more than simply a training film, as it has been endorsed by First Nations leaders, the police community, and human rights groups.
|2010||Dr. Alec Ritchie |
Dr. Ritchie has been part of the instructional staff for the Centre for Professional Health Education for over 16 years. He has served as a Medical director for our Resuscitation Programs and as a liaison for the Heart and Stroke Foundation Resuscitation Committee. In everything he does, Dr Ritchie conveys energy and optimism and the level of attention he gives us is unsurpassed. He is a valued member of the Centre for Professional Health Education and his efforts are greatly appreciated.
|Ken Pruden |
Respected Metis Elder and past member of the JIBC Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee, Ken Pruden has consistently provided leadership, sage advice, inclusive style and a wise voice.
Ken is passionate about contributing to the success of Aboriginal Learners and communities. He understands the importance of integrating Aboriginal knowledge into courses in a wide variety of disciplines and he supports JIBC events by bringing cultural relevance to the forefront for all participants, student staff and faculty.
|2009||Chilliwack General Hospital |
The Chilliwack General Hospital has shown a commitment to providing a safe educational learning environment and has maintained consistent support for our Primary Care Paramedic, Department of National Defense students during their Clinical practicums. During these practicum shifts, our students are exposed to real life medical situations, which allow our students to gain experiences that a classroom alone can't teach.
|Emergency Social Services Association - Bernadette Woit |
ESSA has been connected with the JIBC directly and indirectly for the life of the ESS training program in our Emergency Management Division, for almost 20 years. ESSA’s continued support of the JIBC has resulted in the delivery of 50 ESS courses from May to December 2009. By helping to make this training available, communities throughout BC were better prepared to respond to disasters such as the forest fires during the summer of 2009.
|Laney Bryenton |
Laney’s name and reputation are recognized around the province. She is known as a woman of compassion, great integrity, tenacity, and wisdom. Honouring Laney as a Friend and Associate of JIBC acknowledges the timely work of the community living movement as well as the one of the movement’s inspired and dedicated leaders.
|Rena Greene, Skowkale First Nation |
Rena works as a respected resident elder with the Department of Justice in Sto-lo territory and has been involved as an elder with the students in the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate at the JIBC. She conducted a ground blessing ceremony for the JIBC campus in Chilliwack. Rena and her colleague reported that they had felt the spirits of the soldiers who had been former occupants of the site and who suffered the turmoil of preparing to go to and returning from war. As the ground blessing ceremony proceeded they could feel the spirits relieved of the anguish and stress they had endured and the area welcoming of the new occupants of the building, JIBC students.
Elder Rena also arranged for a naming ceremony. The name given to the campus is “Iwestux Temxshxweli”, which translates as “Teachers’ Sacred Place.” In Sto-lo tradition inanimate objects cannot carry such names, they are always awarded to people. As a result, the name was awarded to President Jack McGee on June 6, 2006.
|2008||Fran Grunberg, Dr. Iain MacPhail, Tom Lewis|
|2007||Dr. Howard Aldous, Heather Kirkham, Lyle Mueller|
|2006||Worksafe BC - Certification Services|
|2005||Dr. Gary Carlson, Jackie Schach|
|2004||Royal Columbian Hospital, Ken Davies|
|2003||Allen McLeod, Bruce Hardy, Dave Rivett, Dr. Charles Sun, Keith Boswell|
|2002||Frank & Marilean Chow, Fred Pachal|
|2001||Conflict Resolution Program - Senior Instructors|
Mike Kay, an instructor in the Health Sciences Division, has been instrumental in training civilian and military paramedics at JIBC for over two decades. Since 1997, he has facilitated the medical training, often referred to as the “SAR Tech training program,” for the Department of National Defence search-and-rescue technicians at the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue in Comox, BC. This training is similar to JIBC’s Primary Care Paramedic program with the addition of intensive training in parachuting, diving, mountain rescue, and survival training.
Mike consistently goes above and beyond in all his work for JIBC. In his role as lead instructor for the SAR Tech training program he is able to navigate a complex military environment. In his many years of teaching he has become an expert in the military language and culture and was able to customize delivery of the training to suit the unique needs of this group of learners and to mirror the situations they encounter on rescue missions.
Mike was presented with the Commander 2 Canadian Air Division Generals Coin in 2017 in recognition of his service. He has taught more than 20 cohorts of SAR Tech learners and the training he has provided has allowed this exclusive group to confidently perform lifesaving medical interventions in some of the worst conditions for medical rescue missions.
Jeff has been a sessional instructor with JIBC since 2011. Several times each year, Jeff travels from Australia, where he lives for part of the year, to BC, to teach face-to-face in the Community Paramedicine program.
As a Community Paramedicine Lead Instructor, Jeff teaches cohorts of BC Emergency Health Services staff members about the management of chronic health conditions, the role of the community paramedic, relationship building and advanced communications. During the online portion of this program, Jeff often stays up late and wakes up early to host teleconferences and to answer student questions.
Jeff has done an incredible job of ensuring that program graduates are prepared to do their work by providing support and education to underserved populations in rural and remote locations. He has focused on providing students with the knowledge and tools necessary for them to do their jobs, no matter where their careers take them or how their jobs change in the future.
Dr. Jessica Motherwell
When Dr. Jessica Motherwell arrived at JIBC a few years ago, she soon showed her dedication and willingness to try new teaching strategies based on sound learning principles. When Jessica realized her Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) students were primarily young and recently graduated from high school, she developed a program using iPads which enabled students to create cartoons to express their ideas to support learning objectives, an approach that created much excitement in her classes.
Jessica is able to incorporate a blended model of face-to-face learning with online learning to bring classes together that cannot physically meet. She believes in experiential learning and encourages global citizenship while demonstrating and providing opportunities for students to get involved. Jessica has consistently stepped up to provide workshops and presentations, as well as coached and mentored other faculty, to share her teaching practices and to demonstrate various educational technologies.
Georganne Oldham has been a faculty member at JIBC’s Centre for Leadership for over 10 years. She is an accomplished group facilitator bringing more than 20 years of organization and leadership development coaching and consulting experience to the classroom. She is particularly skilled in helping groups and individuals grapple with the complex issues that come with organizational change, and in assessing the needs of organizations that come to JIBC for leadership development training. She has played an integral part in redesigning the Centre’s curriculum.
Georganne’s calm, competent manner, and deep commitment to the teaching and learning process, leaves students and clients wanting more. She challenges students in a safe and supportive environment to move beyond acquiring “tools for their toolbox” and into a space of embracing personal change.
Sargent Bill Kim is JIBC’s Use of Force, Physical Training and Drill Instructor and is a recognized expert in Korean Martial Arts instruction. Bill uses what he continually learns and experiences to enable others to learn and practice the art of self-defense and the science of physical fitness.
During his 27-year career, Bill has trained over 1,000 law enforcement officers from municipal and federal policing agencies, Courts and correctional facilities as well as civilians in self-defense and use of force. His supportive and positive training has influenced the careers of many law-enforcement personnel.
Jackie Kloosterboer is an Emergency Planner with the City of Vancouver and as a sessional instructor with JIBC, she teaches our Emergency Social Services courses for the Emergency Management Division.
Jackie travels throughout Canada teaching a variety of ESS courses helping communities to be better prepared to assist those impacted by earthquakes or disasters. Her students appreciate her ability to help them apply the knowledge they acquire through her classes to real-life situations.
As a sessional instructor for the Health Sciences Division, Deb Roberts teaches several programs within the Paramedic Academy and Centre for Professional Health Education, some of which include the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Primary Care Paramedic (PCP), Search & Rescue (SAR) Medical Technician QL5A and PCP Refresher Programs.
Deb demonstrates superior instructional abilities and personal qualities to our students and stakeholders through expanding the learning environment by accessing local ambulance stations, the rescue squad hall and multiple fire halls. She routinely sets up study groups for the various HSD learners and makes herself available to students if they are struggling or need extra practice.
Sherri has been teaching conflict resolution courses at JIBC for a number of years. For the past 5 years, she has taught conflict resolution in the Law Enforcement Diploma program. Sherri is always adapting, changing and refreshing the curriculum. She adds experiential scenarios that reflect reality. She relies on sound theory but utilizes the scenarios to teach and reinforce the theory.
Tom has been involved with curriculum development and teaching for over 30 years. Tom joined JIBC’s Emergency Management Division in 2006. He teaches a broad range of “Emergency-Preparedness and Response” courses for a diverse group of the Emergency Management Division’s clients in various levels of government, the post-secondary sector, health care, and oil & gas. Tom is an exceptional teacher who is not only an expert in the field of emergency management, but he is considered to be EMD’s "go-to" instructor for its contract clients.
Marie Jose Dhaese
|2010||Gary Green |
Gary has been a contract instructor with the Law Enforcement Studies program since 2008. He has taught courses in Law Enforcement Communication, Law Enforcement in a Diverse Society, Business Communication and Aboriginal Justice
The classes Gary teaches are always well attended and entertaining. He engages students in numerous role playing exercises with his talents as a ventriloquist and relates examples of conflict resolution skills and dealing with diversity issues with his unique approach to teaching. The students are entertained, enthralled and positively influenced with his humour and the message contained within it.
|Roshan Danesh |
In his role as an instructor at JIBC, Roshan wrote and delivered an online course “Theoretical Foundations of Dispute Resolution” that has proven to be very popular due to his passionate innovative and skilled approach to online instruction. Roshan’s courses have been so successful and the feedback was so positive that we asked him to develop and deliver a new course “facilitating Online Learning", the goal of which was to help classroom instructors move into the online realm from a pedagogical perspective.
|2009||Garry Lewenden |
Garry is a retired Acute Care Paramedic practitioner with 35 years experience in a variety of regions in British Columbia. His experience includes working as a flight paramedic and a unit Chief. He has been an instructor at JIBC for 6 years.
One of the sponsor's submissions for the instructor of the year nomination said: “his expertise, humour, and delivery style not only made us a great team, but was invaluable to the students and their growth, and mine as an instructor as well”.
|Joe Solanto |
Joe Solanto has been associated with JIBC as an instructor for over 15 years. During that time his reputation as both an expert in his field and as an instructor has grown.
A recent JIBC student commented: “Joe Solanto is an incredible instructor. He knows his topic, makes it interesting and leaves us wanting more.”
|2008||Sandra Craig |
Sandra takes the opportunity to ensure that the learning environment is as real life and as stimulating as practically possible. When Sandra instructs, all students listen intently. She begins most lessons by captivating the class and then continues to keep all learners attentive and participative through the combination of visual and case study examples.
|Linda Alexander |
Linda has demonstrated tremendous versatility in both face-to-face and online teaching. She was one of the early pioneers at the JIBC who started developing and teaching online courses. She has earned a reputation for her ability to produce and present learning materials to students that facilitates deeper understanding.
|2007||Dan Cameron |
Dan has many credentials and is a role model for not only his students, but also his peers. He is one of BC’s original ALS Paramedics. As an instructor Dan employs a variety of teaching methods and tools and posses excellent facilitation skills that make his classroom full of activity, discussion, and debate.
|Perry Deol |
Perry has been with the JIBC since 2001. In receiving this award he was recognized for his excellent instructional abilities that are not only noted by his peers, but also by his students. Perry uses a variety of educational delivery techniques to engage learners, such as online training, use of modules, role play and face to face training, so that they will connect the content to their daily work. Perry makes learning relevant, practical and fun.
|2006||Captain Rita Paine, Shelagh Friesen|
|2004||Dale Hoffman, Trish Elliot|
|2002||Ben Maartman, Chris Thomson|
|2001||Heather Lyle, Leeanne Howard|
Ground Search and Rescue Program
JIBC’s Ground Search and Rescue Program is designed as the minimum training standard to meet the needs of search-and-rescue (SAR) volunteers in BC who must be prepared to safely and effectively perform their duties and be capable of working effectively in an inherently risky environment.
This basic training was previously a single large course with several modules. JIBC redesigned the program in 2017 into a series of inter-related courses delivered at the community level by instructors embedded within the SAR teams, allowing for flexibility in scheduling. Emergency Management BC and several of the Ground Search and Rescue instructors were actively engaged in the course development.
The revised program has achieved greater consistency in the delivery of the curriculum across the province as well as standardization of evaluation practices and better assurances that participants have met learning outcomes. Its advantages include allowing prior assessments to recognize skills and knowledge acquired elsewhere, and ongoing and timely management of participants’ progress.
Police Recruit Training Program
JIBC’s Police Academy trains all new municipal, tribal, and transit police recruits in BC. Full implementation of the new delivery model of the recruit training program started in May 2017.
The new delivery model was developed in response to the requirement to align the program with the Police Sector Council National Framework of Competencies. It is the first program in Canada to integrate this national standard.
The change involved a complete redesign and rethinking of all three blocks of the police recruit training, as well as an overhaul of the associated Field Trainer Course. There was extensive consultation with the core client, Policing and Security Branch, and with instructors and other subject matter experts.
The new model was designed based on educational theory, including case-based, and competency-based education, incorporating the best adult-learning principles. It is designed to build critical thinking skills, to better meet the changing expectations of police in modern society.
Road Safety at Work
Road Safety at Work is an Occupational Road Safety initiative funded by WorkSafeBC and has been managed by JIBC since 2013. This initiative is in response to the startling fact that work-related crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace fatalities in British Columbia. Its mission to reduce work-related motor vehicle crashes, deaths and injuries is being tackled through three programs that have been created to improve worker driver safety: Fleet Safety, Care Around Roadside Workers, and Winter Driving Safety.
Each program is supported by a dedicated website providing free access to information and resources. A number of innovative resources and tools have been created including five online courses developed through collaboration involving WorkSafeBC, JIBC’s Driver Education Centre and Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. It is a good example of how a government agency collaborates with JIBC for both our expertise and our innovation.
The success of the courses have led to the model now being considered by other areas in JIBC as a valid example of micro learning, demonstrating JIBC’s ability to innovate its program models to better meet the needs of an adult, working population. In addition to the online resources, the three programs support annual campaigns: Road Safety at Work Week, Cone Zone, and Shift into Winter. Road Safety at Work is now recognized across British Columbia and Canada as a leading resource for occupational road safety, winter driving safety and driving safely around road side workers.
Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies
The Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies (BESMS) is a unique, facilitated online program which provides students with the theory and methodologies of safety, security, and emergency management as they apply to business and community environments.
This program receives no FTE funding from AVED or from any other source as it operates entirely on a cost recovery basis. Steady growth in student enrollments has occurred every year since its implementation 6 years ago, with students indicating that the course topics and the accessible delivery model attracted them to the program.
BESMS has been a silent gem of the JIBC, slowly gathering students and steam, to become a solid bachelor degree program that JIBC can truly be proud of. This program embodies all that JIBC strives for with its education and training activities - relevant, meaningful and engaging programming that supports public safety and aligns with our students' career aspirations.
Aboriginal Focusing - Oriented Therapy & Complex Trauma Certificate
The AFOT program is unique in that while there are very few complex trauma training programs in general, there are even fewer Indigenous ones. The AFOT program begins and ends with an Indigenous lens. It firmly centres Aboriginal sovereignty, knowledges and understandings of trauma and healing practices.
AFOT is built on an immersive/competency-based spiral model. The program emphasizes both knowledge and application through classroom instruction, clinical practice and clinical supervision/observation.
Intelligence Analysis & Tactical Criminal Analysis
This is the only on-line graduate program in the area of Intelligence Analysis in Canada. To date, there have been 20 graduates of the program and there are currently 42 active students. The Canadian Military Intelligence Association has recognized the value of our programs and they consider JIBC’s graduate certificates in Intelligence to be worthy of noting at their conference which is scheduled in October 2014.
Competencies in Leadership - an Integrated Program (CLIP)
CLIP is an experiential, technology-enhanced leadership development program created by BC Housing in partnership with JIBC. This is a cohort program comprising 16 half-day modules delivered over two years. CLIP learners have reported significant personal, team and organizational growth that includes better alignment with personal and organizational values and ethics to lead with greater accountability, integrity and respect.
Emergency Management Exercise Design Certificate
This certificate program provides learners with a comprehensive method for developing emergency simulations utilizing a series of systematic and audible project management processes. Since the launch of the online introductory course in February 2011, over 370 students have enrolled. In the 18 months since the full online launch of the certificate, nearly 30 students have graduated the program.
School of Health Sciences, Advanced Care Paramedic Program
The Advanced Care Paramedic Program underwent significant changes in the past two years as it was transformed from a model largely based on independent study, to a blended learning model incorporating all of JIBC’s learning competencies. The first cohort of the revised program graduated in spring of 2012, and the program has more students enrolled, and more new applicants than ever.
The Alberta Victim Services E-Learning Program provides online training for victim services advocates. The program, which is the first of its kind in Canada, is a successful collaboration between JIBC’s School of Community & Social Justice and Alberta’s Solicitor General and Public Security Ministry.
The Associate Certificate in Conflict Coaching is a new program in JIBC’s Centre for Conflict Resolution that provides practical, effective methods for reducing conflict and creating strategies for sustainable resolutions.
Emergency Medical Responder
The Emergency Medical responder program is an exemplary example of how innovative and creative education is meeting the needs of employers, while at the same time improving the pre-hospital care that patients receive.
The EMR program is often a student’s first exposure to the health care profession and given the student demographic, there is an expectation from the students that their training will embrace technology, social networking, and have immediate relevance for employment. Recent curriculum design changes and the incorporation of a variety of educational technologies the EMR program addresses these student demands very well.
Law Enforcement Studies Diploma
Sometimes the best way to assess the quality of a program is through the comments of others. To use the words of one student to summarize why the Law Enforcement Studies Program is receiving an award of excellence: “Walking in to the JIBC you are immediately surrounded by people who want to make a difference.
The defining features of the LESD program are the teachers, the fellow students, the incredible support teams and, above all, a director with a vision for the future. From the straightforward advice about where we would need to be as individuals to be competitive candidates to the seemingly unending amount of support given to us to succeed, there is little more we could ever hope to ask for in a schooling program.
Police Recruit Training Program
At a meeting in the fall of 2008 the Vancouver Police Department Training Section asked that the Police Academy train an extraordinary number of recruits to be graduated and ready for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in February of 2010.
They made it happen, but not without a lot of hard work by all of the faculty and staff involved directly in the program, but also through the flexibility and cooperation of other divisions and the hard work of our internal support as we scrambled to find space for larger classes.
Fire Officer I & II
This Program of Excellence award was presented as a result of the work that Charlene Jordan-Jones and her team undertook in redeveloping the Fire Officer I and II diploma programs.
The work completed by Charlene and her team in redeveloping the Fire Officer program embodies the JIBC’s continued commitment to innovation, student centered curriculum, collaboration with stakeholders, and excellence in applied learning.
Primary Paramedic Program
In 2008 the Paramedic Academy implemented significant changes in the delivery of its Primary Care Program in response to feedback from students and other stakeholders. One significant change was the re-design of the program and the creation of a new PCP delivery model to meet the specific needs of a key client. While the previous delivery models continue to be offered to other students, there have been significant enhancements to the program in all delivery options. These enhancements focus on the provision of a quality educational experience for students.
Incident Command Systems Program
Child Welfare Training Program
Fire and Safety Degree Program
Joint Venture: ACP Program and LIS, an Online Ambulance Practical Evaluation, Library Services for Field Professionals
Investigation and Enforcement Skills Certificate Program, Primary Care Paramedic Program
Adult Probation Officer Distance Training Program, Taxihost Program
Diploma in Fire Service Leadership; Paramedic Training Network
As JIBC’s graphic designer, Mildred Huerta is a core member of the Communications & Marketing team who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to providing excellent service through the hundreds of projects she has been involved with over her five years at JIBC. Her work has been a contributing factor to the significant increase in public brand awareness of JIBC.
In addition to the many projects assigned to her on short notice, she regularly produces numerous major projects including annual reports, materials for events and marketing campaigns, and viewbooks. She is also an essential member of the JIBC website redesign project.
Despite her heavy workload and tight deadlines, Mildred always shows a real passion for her work, taking the time to explore options that can most effectively achieve the marketing goals of a particular design project. A consummate professional, she continually explores and experiments, helping to provide consistency and advance JIBC’s brand as Canada’s leading public safety educator.
Karen has held her current role, Administrative Research Assistant of the Office of Applied Research & Graduate Studies (OARGS) since the inception of OARGS in 2010. She has been its key administrator and has provided foundational support for its continued growth and success. Considered an organizational mastermind, she is devoted to ensuring a seamless workflow at OARGS.
Karen has spearheaded the organization of the OARGS Applied Research Day held each spring. She consistently goes above and beyond to support research teams and is able to communicate, collaborate, and provide the invisible support required to pull off complex meetings and workshops. She identifies and takes on critical tasks that might otherwise be missed while also organizing and streamlining processes and procedures on long-term projects.
Marjory Jardine is a committed and passionate champion for student learning, working tirelessly to provide library research skills sessions to every JIBC student. Marjory provides classroom instruction to students in certificate and degree programs, either face-to-face or through online webinars, last year reaching a record 1,295 students across Canada.
Student academic success is Marjory’s goal. She provides excellent reference service to students, no matter how complex the question, or how long it takes. In addition to providing instruction to students, she continually updates the Library’s Research Skills Tutorial, which is now part of the Liberal Studies Research Methods course, counting towards students’ participation mark. Marjory provides online virtual reference via the AskAway service, reaching postsecondary students throughout the province. She also coordinates the academic boot camp webinar for Primary Care Paramedic students from around the province and has offered to be a mentor for students completing their research capstone projects.
John Trimble consistently demonstrates the qualities that the Service Excellence Award recognizes – reliability, dependability and dedication. As a Systems Administrator in Technology Services, he promptly responds to requests for assistance, such as during implementation of new systems, even when away from the office. When he can’t find existing solutions to issues, he creates them himself. As evidence of the significant impact John has had across JIBC, he was the subject of two separate and distinct nominations from different parts of the organization, the first time this has happened since the Awards of Excellence were established.
Dennis Yip has worked in a number of roles and Divisions at JIBC including Corrections and the Health Sciences Division before coming to the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation three and a half years ago as a Senior Web Specialist.
He consistently goes above and beyond his role. While his primary duties are to help develop courses in Blackboard and WordPress, Dennis takes a proactive role in discovering and learning new technologies, and then sharing this knowledge with other Blackboard developers.
Greg consistently demonstrates commitment to providing exceptional service. As the Regional Training Coordinator for Rural delivery, Greg has expanded the regional delivery of Health Sciences Division Programs to remote communities throughout British Columbia. Greg literally goes the “extra mile” by traveling throughout the province overseeing EMR and PCP training in rural and remote communities within British Columbia.
Valerie is in her twelfth year at the JIBC and throughout that time, she has consistently and enthusiastically demonstrated the values pertaining to what the Service Award epitomizes. Val demonstrates a passion for continuous improvement and is always on the lookout for opportunities to change the way things are done.
Website Redesign Team
|2010||Patti Milne |
Patti always displayed the natural spirit to strive for service excellence in all respects. She understands that quality service is important to the success of the JIBC. The apparent joy she feels when she knows that she has helped a colleague overcome and obstacle and create a positive outcome is her reward. This characteristic embodies the JIBC values of high quality, respectfulness and responsive service.
|Print Shop |
As much as we all like to plan ahead with print jobs there always seems to be some emergency or rush order. The Print Shop staff always responds positively and are accommodating of our emergencies and makes them their own, and in so doing they deliver above and beyond service.
|2009||Christine Louise Dujmovich |
Christine Louise started her JIBC career in 2001. Since that time she has developed a reputation as someone who truly enjoys her job, and thrives in an environment where she has the opportunity to help other people get their work done.
|Valder Belgrave |
Valder started his career at the JIBC in 2004 as the Institute's Marketing & Communications Manager, External Relations. While there have been many changes since then, the one constant has been the great passion and infectious enthusiasm that he has brought to his work during his time here.
|2008||Toni Hart |
Toni joined JIBC in November 2000 and works in Human Resources as the HR Advisor. Toni consistently demonstrates a strong orientation to servicing her clients. Her nominator said: "Toni has earned our trust through her consistent demonstration of honesty, fairness, and respect to everyone she deals with.”
|Trudy Salt |
Trudy joined JIBC in 1995, and is currently the Registration Services Advisor in Registration & Student Services. Her well-earned reputation for exemplary customer service is demonstrated by her willingness to accommodate student requests which are often last minute. Trudy is always willing to look at difficult special cases to determine what solutions would be best for the student and for the JIBC.
No award was given for 2018.
Disaster Resilience Planning Program
The JIBC Disaster Resilience Planning Program is a stellar example of how JIBC contributes professional, applied research and training expertise to build safer, healthier and more resilient communities in BC, across Canada and abroad.
The creation and continued development of this applied research program is highly relevant in the context of the vulnerability of small coastal, remote and rural communities to natural disasters and hazards such as recent BC wildfires and floods. Such communities face a number of socio-economic and geographical challenges.
The resulting Rural Disaster Resilience Planning Framework is a flexible, participatory, and community-centered process for engaging remote and rural communities in disaster resilience planning at the local level with a focus on enhancing local capacity and capability. It is available online and has received international awards.
It has also contributed to enhanced and new curriculum at JIBC, and increased research capacity, technical innovation and expertise, and professional development.
Adam Vaughan has been involved in many projects and proposals over the past four years, starting with the Simulation Training and Exercise Collaboratory Project (SIMTEC).
Adam has been an advocate for research in mental health of first responders, helping revise the resilience course that supports all professions represented at JIBC, and serving as Co-Principle Investigator on a Centre for Safety and Security proposal to evaluate the implementation of the course into all public safety professions, in uniformed and non-uniformed personnel. This course has garnered much attention recently, and may well be used in New Zealand, Australia, the US, and Canada, creating international interest and providing an opportunity to promote JIBC at events and help in brand awareness.
Adam has been working in teams at JIBC in research, and has been instrumental in providing data analysis help and advice across several projects. He has authored a paper for SIMTEC, and co-authored a paper on resilience. He has also presented at international conferences representing JIBC and JIBC research.
JIBC Student Research Skills Framework project team – Florence Daddey, April Haddad, Greg Metcalf, Tannis Morgan, Sarah Wareing and Nathan Wright – led by Greg Anderson, Stuart Ruttan and Ron Bowles
The JIBC Student Research Skills Framework was developed to guide and promote the development of research skills of JIBC students. The project team represented all three Schools, the Office of Applied Research and Graduate Studies and the Library.
In essence, the framework uses an inquiry-based learning model which makes it possible for students to learn research methods while examining topics or issues that are of interest to them. JIBC instructors are therefore able to identify suitable research activities for their students regardless of their academic level.
Through the team’s efforts, rather than being passive learners, students find themselves in the research "driver's seat," learning the skills to answer questions that directly impact their workplace, their community, and their own lives.
Darren Blackburn is an active advocate and participant in JIBC Applied Research, serving as a member and Chair of the Research Ethics Board, as a participant in the ongoing SIMTEC program and as lead in the Critical Infrastructure for Local Authorities project. His work directly contributes to the JIBC’s vision and mission through participation in applied research activities that increase safety in our communities, inform JIBC programs, and advance practice in the field. Darren has not only been an active participant in several JIBC Applied Research projects but he has played a lead role in both the SIMTEC and Critical Infrastructure projects.
Jim is employed as a Project Manager in the Office of Applied Research. A significant part of his work involves managing the SIMTEC project. He maintains the SIMTEC social media links and supports a considerable number of “Linked-In” group sites to ensure that the SIMTEC project and JIBC receive prominent recognition. As a result, hundreds of first-time users have accessed JIBC’s SIMTEC web site from around the world.
Ron has not only contributed to the research profile, he has been instrumental in helping set the research agenda for the JIBC and the Schools. He is dedicated to creating research infrastructure that embraces the Schools’ visions for research, and helps the Schools embed research into their local operating plans. This pan-institutional role is essential for the development of dialogue about what is being done, and what could be done in each School around research.
|2010||Dr. James Carter |
Dr. Carter’s research has made a significant and immediate impact on Fire & Safety curriculum and the BC Fire Service. His work on is widely published accepted and is endorsed within the fire service and he has helped to establish a culture of applied research at the JIBC.
In addition to his role as Research Associate Dr. Carter is also a well respected and valued faculty member and a role model for the JIBC.
|2009||Geoff Burston |
Geoff is the first JIBC employee to have been seconded to the Office of Applied Research. He serves on the Applied Research Committee and the Research Ethics Council. He has provided significant leadership with respect to the drafting of 13 research ethics procedures and guidelines including research involving aboriginal peoples.
With all that he has done, Geoff has helped the JIBC make the leap of competency into the realm of applied research. Without his contribution the JIBC would not be recognized as an institute that respects and upholds nationally recognized standards for ethical and valid research.
Last updated October 17, 2019