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October 10, 2019

JIBC celebrates faculty and staff excellence

Annual JIBC Awards of Excellence presented at New Westminster campus

Service and teaching excellence at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) were recognized at the 19th annual JIBC Awards of Excellence ceremony held at its New Westminster campus theatre today.

The event was webcast live to JIBC staff at all six campuses, and the awards were presented by JIBC President and CEO Dr. Michel Tarko, Vice-President, Academic  Colleen Vaughan, and Mike Proud, the Interim Vice-President, Finance and Operations.

“The dedication and commitment of our staff and faculty is key to the success of JIBC and, in turn, of our students and graduates who work to keep our communities safe,” said President Tarko. “It is again my great pleasure to recognize the work and achievements of our award recipients.”

Award recipients were honoured in the following categories:

President’s Award

Pete Learoyd, Program Director, Emergency Management Division

President's Award - Pete Learoyd

Pete Learoyd began his career with JIBC as an instructor, teaching emergency management fundamentals to communities across the province. His role in the Emergency Management Division (EMD) has grown from oversight of contract training and customized course offerings to include managing EMD’s core client training and emergency management training for First Nations communities in BC.

He has taken the initiative to develop and deliver emergency management training for JIBC’s Senior Management Council, as well as senior and executive leaders at other post-secondary institutions. Pete’s applied research, particularly his work on models for post-disaster damage and safety assessment, informs JIBC curriculum as well as practices used in BC, Canada and beyond.

Pete has actively promoted diversity in emergency management training, from curriculum to personnel. This has included ensuring that JIBC indigenized the delivery of courses to BC First Nations communities so they would meet the Indigenous communities’ needs for relevant and culturally-appropriate training.

He has been a champion of Praxis, JIBC’s online, interactive computer-simulation training tool, and has led several initiatives despite the demands of his existing workload, contributing to the success of not only EMD but JIBC as a whole.

Service Excellence Award

Mildred Huerta, Graphic Designer, Communications & Marketing

As JIBC’s graphic designer, Mildred Huerta is a core member of the Communications & Marketing team who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to providing excellent service through the hundreds of projects she has been involved with over her five years at JIBC. Her work has been a contributing factor to the significant increase in public brand awareness of JIBC.

In addition to the many projects assigned to her on short notice, she regularly produces numerous major projects including annual reports, materials for events and marketing campaigns, and viewbooks. She is also an essential member of the JIBC website redesign project.

Despite her heavy workload and tight deadlines, Mildred always shows a real passion for her work, taking the time to explore options that can most effectively achieve the marketing goals of a particular design project. A consummate professional, she continually explores and experiments, helping to provide consistency and advance JIBC’s brand as Canada’s leading public safety educator.  

Instructional Excellence

Mike Kay, Instructor, Health Sciences Division

Mike Kay has been instrumental in training civilian and military paramedics at JIBC for over two decades. Since 1997, he has facilitated the medical training, often referred to as the “SAR Tech training program,” for the Department of National Defence search-and-rescue technicians at the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue in Comox, BC. This training is similar to JIBC’s Primary Care Paramedic program with the addition of intensive training in parachuting, diving, mountain rescue, and survival training.

Mike consistently goes above and beyond in all his work for JIBC. In his role as lead instructor for the SAR Tech training program he is able to navigate a complex military environment. In his many years of teaching he has become an expert in the military language and culture and was able to customize delivery of the training to suit the unique needs of this group of learners and to mirror the situations they encounter on rescue missions.

Mike was presented with the Commander 2 Canadian Air Division Generals Coin in 2017 in recognition of his service. He has taught more than 20 cohorts of SAR Tech learners and the training he has provided has allowed this exclusive group to confidently perform lifesaving medical interventions in some of the worst conditions for medical rescue missions.

Program of Excellence

Ground Search and Rescue Program

2019 Program of Excellence - Ground Search and Rescue

JIBC’s Ground Search and Rescue Program is designed as the minimum training standard to meet the needs of search-and-rescue (SAR) volunteers in BC who must be prepared to safely and effectively perform their duties and be capable of working effectively in an inherently risky environment.

This basic training was previously a single large course with several modules. JIBC redesigned the program in 2017 into a series of inter-related courses delivered at the community level by instructors embedded within the SAR teams, allowing for flexibility in scheduling. Emergency Management BC and several of the Ground Search and Rescue instructors were actively engaged in the course development.

The revised program has achieved greater consistency in the delivery of the curriculum across the province as well as standardization of evaluation practices and better assurances that participants have met learning outcomes. Its advantages include allowing prior assessments to recognize skills and knowledge acquired elsewhere, and ongoing and timely management of participants’ progress.

Service Awards

Along with the Awards of Excellence, the ceremony also celebrated longstanding service. In all, 18 employees received service pins for 5, 10, and 15 years of service. Seven employees marked 20 years of service and one reached 25 years of service. Two employees, Gail Makowsky of Student Services, and Cynthia Teo of Finance & Administration, were recognized for 30 years of service at JIBC.


About Justice Institute of British Columbia

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.

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Last updated October 10, 2019