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Donor contributions recognized for making a difference at JIBC

The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) welcomed five new board directors at its virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 16.

Bringing a wide range of skills, experience, and diversity to the board are: Jennifer Killam, Doctors of BC; Sean Millington, Gair Williamson Architects; Wayne Schnitzler, First Nations Emergency Services; Emily Walmsley, Canadian Western Bank; and retired engineering consultant Terry Wong. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, The JIBC Foundation held its Board of Directors meetings virtually.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, The JIBC Foundation held its Board of Directors meetings virtually.

The JIBC Foundation bid farewell to Vice-Chair Blair Fryer, City of New Westminster, and Secretary Daniel Whittle, Sealord Capital Corporation, who both served six years on the board and chaired the Governance and Nominating Committee and Finance Committee, respectively. 

Following the AGM, Dave Mitchell, Dave Mitchell & Associates Ltd., was reappointed Chair and Gurpal Siekham, Prospera Credit Union, as Treasurer; Kathy Wunder, Vancouver Police Department, was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board, and Louise Nagy, LifeLabs, as Secretary. Incumbents Curtis Campbell, RBC Royal Bank; John Oakley, Emergency Management BC; and Dr. John Tallon, BCEHS and UBC, will continue to serve as directors.  

Highlights from an extraordinary year

At the AGM, Mitchell shared the Board’s activities during 2020-2021 and acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the directors during a challenging year. Highlights include establishing a Communications and Marketing Committee, the Governance and Nominating Committee’s outstanding slate of directors and the Finance Committee overseeing another clean audit.  

Tracy Campbell, Executive Director, The JIBC Foundation and Director, Office of Development, JIBC, reported on the year’s fundraising and engagement activities. Donors generously gave over $380,000 and The JIBC Foundation disbursed more than $300,000 in support of justice and public safety education at JIBC.

JIBC paramedic students and JIBC Foundation directors express their thanks for new advanced paramedic training equipment funded through donor support.
JIBC paramedic students and JIBC Foundation directors express their thanks for new advanced paramedic simulation training equipment funded through donor support.

Over 60 students received financial assistance from more than 40 named awards, and three new awards were established in 2020-2021. 

Work continued on a project to enhance, update and scale JIBC’s Community Disaster Resilience Planning (CDRP) program. Thanks to a $300,000 three-year grant from the Vancouver Foundation, the CDRP website was launched in February and is home to a suite of free, online community-centred disaster planning tools and strategies. Also, the JIBC Community Public Safety Award, supported by BC Hydro, helped cover the cost of specialized emergency management training for three communities during the year.  

In 2020, The JIBC Foundation delivered two Giving Tuesday campaigns. Held in response to the pandemic, Giving Tuesday Now in May saw fundraising for a new Student Emergency Assistance Fund  and JIBC participating in the parade past Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster in support of health care workers and the emergency services family. 

The Giving Tuesday campaign in December focused on increasing digital resources for the JIBC Library and exceeded its $20,000 goal. Recognizing the library’s essential role, the Peter & Joanne Brown Foundation generously contributed $50,000 with a portion going to the Giving Tuesday campaign and the rest to additional priority needs for the library. 

The year saw paramedicine education at JIBC enhanced thanks to generous contributions from several donors for training equipment and resources. A significant contribution of $100,000 from a supporter that wishes to remain anonymous enabled all four campuses delivering paramedic training to receive a MegaCode Kelly Advanced manikin (including Simpad) and Deluxe Difficult Airway Trainer. The airway trainer is a tool for students to learn how to manage difficult and obstructed airways. The full-body manikin is also designed for the practice of such advanced airway scenarios and additional invasive skills such as intravenous cannulation, resuscitation from cardiac arrest, and other critical interventions.

This was the largest-ever cash gift in support of paramedic simulation equipment. Additional support was received from Peter W. Webster, LLD, founding chair of The JIBC Foundation and JIBC honorary degree recipient, who funded a Crash Kelly manikin.

JIBC paramedic students demonstrate their use of a recently donated airway training manikin.
JIBC paramedic students demonstrate the use of a recently donated airway training manikin.

Long-serving former director of The JIBC Foundation and JIBC honorary degree recipient Marvin Storrow, QC, LLD renewed his support for new initiatives benefiting Indigenous learners at JIBC. 

The meeting concluded with a video sharing highlights from the year. 

“The pandemic has reminded us of the vital work of first responders, many of whom in British Columbia trained at JIBC. It is heartwarming to receive gifts in recognition of these efforts,” said Campbell. “We extend our appreciation to all our supporters and look forward to welcoming them back to campus soon to see first-hand the difference their gifts make.” 



For almost 30 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.