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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.

JIBC President and CEO Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO Dr. Michel Tarko speaks during virtual 2021 Winter Convocation ceremony.

“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.

Dr. Nancy Poole is conferred her JIBC honorary degree with the help of life partner Jan Trainor.
Dr. Nancy Poole is conferred her JIBC honorary degree with the help of life partner Jan Trainor in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols during virtual Winter Convocation ceremony.

“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.”

Dr. Nancy Poole speaks following conferring of her honorary degree.
Dr. Nancy Poole speaks to graduates following conferring of her honorary degree during the virtual 2021 Winter Convocation ceremony.

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.

Student speaker Chris Jancowski speaks to the graduating class.
Student speaker Chris Jancowski, the fire chief of the Township of Esquimalt, speaks to the graduating class during the virtual 2021 Winter Convocation ceremony.

“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.”



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.