Achievements of approximately 260 future justice and public safety leaders recognized
The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) celebrated the accomplishments of approximately 260 graduates and bestowed an honorary degree on Dr. Nancy Poole at its Winter Convocation held virtually on March 11, 2021.
“Today, perhaps more than ever in recent history, your choice of careers is essential to the safety of our communities while we live amidst a global pandemic,” said JIBC President and CEO Dr. Michel Tarko in his address to graduates.
“From paramedicine, law enforcement and firefighting, to emergency management, counselling, leadership, conflict resolution and everything in between, whatever credentials you are receiving today from JIBC, rest assured your newly-earned skills and knowledge will be a valued contribution to our communities,” said Dr. Tarko.
Dr. Nancy Poole, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, was conferred an honorary degree in recognition of her contributions over more than 40 years to advancing the health and safety of women and girls. This includes more than 20 years as a faculty member at JIBC where she has been integral in our successful work in the prevention and treatment of problematic substance use and in preparing justice and public safety organizations to become more trauma-informed.
“As you are leaving post-secondary learning now, I urge you to work in a trauma-informed way in whatever you do – to align your book and skill-based learning with the practice of emotional intelligence,” Dr. Poole said to the graduating class.
“The world you are entering is super challenging – but sitting with, and building on that awareness, braided with listening, respecting, connecting and noticing strengths and hope will serve you well,” she said. “It is especially important that you apply these practices to yourself, to stay safe and well yourselves, and be a part of championing safety and wellness for everyone within your organization.”
Chris Jancowski, Fire Chief for the Township of Esquimalt, who was graduating with a Fire Prevention Officer Certificate, spoke on behalf of all the graduating JIBC students.
“While it may not be easy to see today, every accomplishment you achieve adds to the greater community. Your success will benefit your community in many ways, such as inspiring others to grow and become givers and not takers, all while making it a safer and better place for all of us to live,” said Jancowski.
“My commitment and challenge to all my fellow graduates is to use our newfound skills to be leaders. Leaders who step up and motivate ourselves to do better in our respective fields of study, give back, and support those around us, all while respecting our unique culture and communities.”