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December 6, 2012

JIBC Foundation recognizes contributors to justice and public safety in BC

Sold-out Gala raises funds for student support

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Foundation recognized a number of individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to justice and public safety in British Columbia, at a sold-out Gala event, presented by Scotiabank and hosted at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.  The $275,000 raised at the event will provide financial support for JIBC students, starting or advancing their careers as justice and public safety professionals.

The Gala Award recipients included The Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC, LLD (Hon), former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; The Honourable Robert J. Bauman, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of British Columbia; Shayne Bucholz and John Semple, Primary Care Paramedics; Cyril Ozeroff, BC Corrections and Volunteer Firefighter; Lorne Segal, businessman and philanthropist; BARWATCH; and retired JIBC President, Jack McGee, CD, LLD (Hon), who was honoured with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.

In his opening remarks, past Foundation Board Chair Vern Campbell noted that "we often neglect to acknowledge, encourage and reinforce the many positive contributions that help to make the province of British Columbia one of the most desirable places to live" and thanked guests in attendance "for joining us here this evening to celebrate a few of the heroes and exemplars that have and will continue to contribute to the safety and security of our province and communities."

The highlight of the evening was a surprise appearance by Shawn Aasen, the young man attended to by Cyril Ozeroff and his team of first responders, after collapsing on his front lawn with no vital signs in June 2011.  Cyril and his team immediately started and continued CPR, while en route to the Castlegar Health Centre, and in the Emergency Room. The team remained to assist the Emergency Room (ER) physicians and nurses, as well as attending paramedics.  Once stabilized, Shawn was transported to the Lower Mainland, where he received advanced treatment and enjoyed a remarkable recovery.

The on-stage reunion between victim and rescuer left few dry eyes in the ballroom, particularly after Aasen presented the Heroes and Rescue Award to Ozeroff and remarked, "You went a step above by staying at my side. Thank you. You deserve this award."

Watch the video of Cyril receiving his award and Shawn speaking:

That moment encapsulated the underlying theme of selfless service to others, which was a common thread throughout all of the evening’s awards.

"As I saw Shawn presenting the Award to Cyril, I realized that is what JIBC is all about," said Campbell.  This compelling story of "…compassion and reaction would not be possible without training from JIBC."

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