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Experience crosses Indigenous relations, education and technology sectors

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is pleased to share that three new members have been appointed by the Province of British Columbia to its Board of Governors — Kristen Rivers, William Sterritt and Terence Yung — effective July 31.

“The wide-ranging expertise of Ms. Rivers, Mr. Sterritt and Insp. Yung will benefit JIBC greatly,” said JIBC Board Chair Dr. Stephen Gamble. “Their combined experience in business, leadership, diversity education and intergovernmental relations is an ideal complement to our vision of safer communities and a more just society.”

Kristen Rivers, William Sterritt and Terence Yung have been appointed to the JIBC Board of Governors
Kristen Rivers, William Sterritt and Terence Yung have been appointed to the JIBC Board of Governors.

Kristen Rivers (Tiyáltelut), is an elected Councillor for the Squamish Nation and Co-Chair of its council. Previously, Ms. Rivers was a Senior Strategic Advisor for Reconciliation Canada. She holds an Accounting Assistant Certificate from Capilano University and is nearing completion of a Bachelor of Business Administration, also at CapU.

William James (Jamie) Sterritt is the President of Sa’hetxw Consulting and is a member of the Gitxsan Nation.

Previously, Mr. Sterritt was Information Technology Manager for Gitxsan Government Commission and has served as the First Nations liaison for Klohn-Crippen Consultants, an environmental consulting firm based in Vancouver. Active in his community, he has served on the Board of Governors of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and is currently a director of Creative BC.

Terence (Terry) Yung is an Inspector with the Vancouver Police Department leading diversity, inclusion and Indigenous relations. He is also a contract Instructor for the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mr. Yung is Chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Vice-Chair of Vancouver Classical Chinese Garden and a committee member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. Previously he served as President of the Vancouver Cambie Lions Club and on the board of Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.

Meanwhile, Helen Allen and Mary Ellen Thorburn were re-appointed to two-year terms and Maria Preovolos was re-appointed to a three-year term ending in 2024. Connie Kaweesi was also re-appointed but has since announced her retirement and plans to move closer to family.

JIBC Board Chair Dr. Stephen Gamble, fire chief for the Township of Langley, and Vice-Chair Maria Preovolos, associate general counsel at TELUS Communications, were re-elected by the Board to their chair positions.


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.