Justice and public safety students express their gratitude to donors at annual appreciation reception
A young Indigenous woman saved a baby’s life thanks to the first responder education she received at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). Forty-five young women gained valuable first-hand experience exploring firefighting as a career thanks to the financial support of a sister of a pioneering female firefighter. And a law enforcement studies student gained valuable life lessons while on an academic exchange supported by donors. These are just a few of the life-saving and life-changing experiences highlighted at this year’s Donor Appreciation Reception recognizing the impact of donors and supporters who are giving to student success at JIBC.
“Every day, our students – the heroes of tomorrow – here and across BC, benefit from the generosity of donors,” said Tracy Campbell, Director of the Office of Development and Executive Director of The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation). “Whether by funding awards and bursaries that make education more affordable or funding equipment and programs that create outstanding training opportunities, donors help give students a more innovative, richer and fulfilling educational experience. This event is our opportunity to say thank you!”
The JIBC Foundation Chair, Bernie Magnan, shared that through the generosity of donors, over $800,000 was raised last year and close to $1 million was disbursed to support JIBC students with specialized training equipment and resources, customized programs and initiatives, and student bursaries and awards.
Law Enforcement Studies Diploma graduates like Emma Fanning will always treasure the opportunity to participate in an international exchange for a semester at the Waterford Institute of Technology as a recipient of the Irving K. Barber One World Scholarship. As her first experience living on her own, the exchange was challenging, but she “wouldn’t trade this experience for the world” as it helped her to grow both personally and professionally. To the donors at the event, she said, “With sincere gratitude and appreciation, I thank you for changing a life like mine.”
Thanks to the support of RBC, JIBC was also able to launch a pilot project this summer that gave 21 Indigenous youth aged 15 to 18 from around the province the opportunity to gain a hands-on taste of different justice and public safety careers. This week-long “Indigenous Youth Career Camp” was a resounding success with students like Jacob Tremblay being inspired and encouraged about the various career options open to them.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved for making this camp possible as it has changed my life and my future direction,” wrote Jacob in a message to donors shared at the event. “I was inspired both by JIBC and by our First Nations community to succeed in all that I do.”
Camp volunteers like Dayton DiSalvo from the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program were also enlightened and inspired by the camp. In his role supporting the teenage participants, Dayton not only gained a personal connection with Indigenous culture, but also discovered a passion to work with youth in whatever public safety profession he chooses in the future.
“This camp gave me an inside look on Indigenous culture, making me aware of the possible barriers they face and how to overcome them,” he said. “It also made me realize how passionate I am about working with youth. It was one of the hardest, but one of the best weeks of my life.”
At the event, Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC President and CEO, expressed appreciation to all JIBC donors and supporters, noting, “This is the type of education you are supporting, and these are the students you are helping with your donations and ongoing support. Thanks to you, there are graduates empowered to help people in need, often at the worst moment in their lives. On behalf of all of us here at JIBC, thank you!”
In addition, donors at the reception were the first to hear about plans for a fundraising campaign and Awards Gala in celebration of JIBC’s 40th Anniversary in 2018.
About The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation
For more than 20 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 awards and bursaries, new equipment and technology, and other tools related to student success. As the recipient and steward of charitable gifts, The JIBC Foundation is building meaningful relationships with communities to support Canada’s leading public safety educator.