Donor contributions recognized for making a difference at JIBC
The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) welcomed two new board directors at its first virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 17.
John Oakley and Jody Robertson bring a wealth of experience to their new roles. Oakley, who originally worked as a paramedic, has more than 30 years of experience in public safety, especially emergency management. His roles include working for Emergency Management BC and in the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) Emergency Management Division as a coordinator and instructor. Robertson brings 30 years’ experience in communications and governance, having worked in public affairs for organizations including Emergency Communications for BC (E-Comm), B.C.'s largest emergency communications centre, ICBC and BC Cancer.
The JIBC Foundation bid farewell to past chair Bernie Magnan of Bernard Magnan and Associates Ltd. as he completed six years with the Board, serving as chair for five. Current chair Dave Mitchell of Dave Mitchell & Associates Ltd. remarked, “To me, Bernie exemplifies volunteerism, and we have him to thank for leaving us with a solid foundation to build on.” In recognition of Magnan’s outstanding contributions, The JIBC Foundation established a new student award at JIBC in his name.
Blair Fryer of the City of New Westminster remains as Vice-Chair of the Board, Daniel Whittle of Sealord Capital Corporation as Secretary, and Gurpal Siekham of Westminster Savings Credit Union as Treasurer. Incumbents Curtis Campbell of RBC Royal Bank, Louise Nagy of LifeLabs, John Tallon of BC Emergency Health Services, and Kathy Wunder of the Vancouver Police Department will continue to serve as directors.
Impact of Donors Recognized at Virtual AGM
At the AGM, Mitchell shared highlights from 2019-2020, during which donors generously gave over $300,000 and The JIBC Foundation disbursed more than $425,000 in support of justice and public safety education.
Over 100 students received financial assistance from more than 40 named awards and two new awards were established in 2019-2020. In addition, 15 Indigenous youth aged 15 to 20 attended the second JIBC Indigenous Youth Career Camp, supported by long-time donor the RBC Foundation.
The year saw paramedicine education at JIBC enhanced thanks to multiple donations for training equipment and resources. The Chilliwack Foundation funded the Chilliwack campus’ first SmartMan ALS Airway CPR Manikin which will help students develop and practise CPR skills. Paramedic students in New Westminster can now train on JIBC’s first power-stretcher, funded through the Give a Lift to Learning campaign on Giving Tuesday that exceeded its $25,000 goal. Finally, JIBC’s first virtual reality program was developed for paramedicine training thanks to generous donor funding.
Emergency management practitioners will have access to better resources in the future thanks to a Vancouver Foundation grant of $300,000 over three years. In 2019-2020, the first year of funding launched the Community Disaster Resilience Planning Tool project which will especially benefit rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. Through the JIBC Community Public Safety Award, supported by BC Hydro, five B.C. communities were also selected to receive assistance in accessing specialized emergency management training at JIBC.
Mitchell recognized and thanked his colleagues on The JIBC Foundation board for their contributions during the year which included work on governance, supporting the development of JIBC’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025, and attending events such as the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate celebration ceremonies, JIBC Convocation, donor recognition activities, and the signature Donor Appreciation Event held in February. The meeting concluded with the Student Thank You video shown at the donor event.
“Whether in the form of a student financial award received at just the right time, a piece of equipment that makes learning easier and improves skills, or a project that increases access to education or resources, donor gifts make a real difference to student success and to safer communities and a more just society,” said Tracy Campbell, Director of the Office of Development at JIBC and Executive Director, The JIBC Foundation. “We thank all our supporters for their confidence in JIBC and their ongoing contributions.”
About The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation
For more than 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.