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From awards and equipment to innovative programs, gifts help students learn how to be the one

In February, students and graduates had the opportunity to thank donors for their generosity at an event hosted by The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) and the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

The event at JIBC’s main campus in New Westminster gave guests the opportunity to learn first-hand about donor-funded projects from students, instructors, and staff. Several exhibits let guests gain hands-on experience using specialized training equipment supported by donors, including a new SmartMan ALS Airway CPR Pro manikin, used in CPR training that provides immediate detailed information on student’s competency, and a virtual reality program being developed for paramedic training.

JIBC’s President and CEO, Dr. Michel Tarko expressed his appreciation during the event to current and past members of The JIBC Foundation Board of Directors for their contributions over the past 25 years. He went on to recognize contributions from donors to justice and public safety training and education saying, “I also want to thank our donors from the bottom of my heart. It is impossible to overstate the difference you make through your gifts and generosity.”

Guests try out a new virtual reality paramedic scenario training tool at JIBC Foundation donor event.
Guests try out a new virtual reality paramedic scenario training tool at the 2020 JIBC Foundation donor event.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, students currently benefit from more than 40 named awards annually.  One award recipient, Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) graduate Chantal MacLeod, spoke of her experience attending the Fire Fighting Workshop for Women, funded by donor Jessica Roberts, which encouraged her to enroll in the part-time FFTC program.

Chantal shared highlights from her time in the program, and also spoke about receiving financial assistance through the Jocelyn Roberts Memorial Award which helped pay tuition costs, and of being honoured to receive the Jon Baillie Memorial Award at her class celebration ceremony, for which she was selected by classmates and training officers. Chantal concluded by thanking all donors saying, “Thank you so much for helping me and students like myself discover the career path that we were meant for and receive the best training possible.”

Kathy Harms, Director of the Health Sciences Division, highlighted another important way donors help JIBC students through gifts that fund specialized equipment used in training which reflects what is used in work settings, such as a new power stretcher funded through JIBC’s 2019 Giving Tuesday Campaign.

Donations in support of JIBC's paramedic and firefighter training were among the highlights of the JIBC Foundation's 2020 donor event.
Donations in support of JIBC's paramedic and firefighter training were among the highlights of the JIBC Foundation's 2020 donor event.

JIBC’s Paramedic Academy has benefited from recent gifts to fund equipment from donors including the BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion Foundation, The Chilliwack Foundation, and multiple donors, including JIBC staff and faculty, who supported the Giving Tuesday campaign last December.

Donors also help make possible innovative programs such as the Indigenous Youth Career Camp, supported by RBC, that give participants a hands-on taste of different careers in justice and public safety. Two camps have been held so far, in 2017 and 2019, attended by a total of 36 Indigenous youth. Planning is underway for a third camp.

As the event drew to a close, Dave Mitchell, The JIBC Foundation Board Chair, noted “it is inspiring to see how much donors believe in what we do” and that collaboration with staff, faculty, The JIBC Foundation Board and donors contributes to JIBC’s success.

The final highlight of the evening was a compilation video of thank you messages from award recipients. “Those are just a few of the amazing students our donors support,” said Tracy Campbell, Director, Office of Development and Executive Director, The JIBC Foundation after the video, before ending  “Together we are changing lives and enhancing justice and public safety in our communities. Thank you!”




2020 JIBC Foundation Donor Appreciation Event


About The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation

For 25 years, The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) has inspired giving for important needs that enhance education, training, student learning, and applied research at JIBC. These needs most often include student financial support in the form of awards and bursaries, highly specialized training equipment and technology, and funding for innovative new initiatives. The JIBC Foundation is proud to be building meaningful relationships with communities to support Canada’s leading public safety educator.


Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.