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February 19, 2019

JIBC International Women’s Day event celebrates women in public safety and social justice

Balance for Better presentations highlight women in the field

Kim BoguckiSeattle Police Department Det. Kim Bogucki will be this year's keynote speaker.

International Women’s Day (IWD) will be marked at the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) New Westminster campus with a forum on women in justice and public safety on Friday, March 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The second annual event aims to promote gender parity and to celebrate women’s achievements in these fields.

“Balance for Better” (#BalanceforBetter on social media) is this year’s theme for International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, recognizing that it is not only a fundamental right but is also critical to a healthy, thriving society.

“JIBC is proud of its efforts to encourage more women to join the justice and public safety professions and those efforts include this International Women’s Day event which we are so pleased to host once again,” said Dr. Tina Dion, Vice-Chair of the JIBC Board of Governors who spoke at the inaugural event in 2018. “The need to create, drive and inspire a gender-balanced world is no more important than in the work of first responders, where women’s perspectives should reflect those of half the people they come to assist and rescue on a daily basis.”

The day will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and will begin at 8:30am with a performance by the Burnaby Central Women’s Choir led by Carrie Taylor. This will be followed by presentations by Chief Dee Doss-Cody of Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police, Cree elder and navy veteran Joy Ward-Dockrey, who will speak on her volunteer work with her therapy dog, and Jolene Andrew, an Indigenous community planner and consultant.

This year’s keynote speaker is Detective Kim Bogucki, a veteran of more than 30 years with the Seattle Police Department. She established and developed nationally-replicated programs to create change for youth and homeless members of the community, part of her innovative and successful approach to reducing cycles of crime and recidivism.

Det. Bogucki co-founded “The IF Project,” a unique partnership with inmates at Washington Department of Corrections facilities. The program produces introspective writing and presentations and involve inmate participation, both during their incarceration and after their release and re-entry.

Following a performance by the Adams Lake Indian Band Youth Singers, and lunch, there will be a screening of a documentary on The IF Project, and Q & A discussion with Det. Bogucki.

The IWD JIBC event is open to JIBC students, faculty, staff, clients and the wider community and will take place in the theatre of the JIBC campus at 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster. Cost is $40 per person. For more information and to register visit: jibc.ca/IWD


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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