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June 13, 2019

JIBC recognizes graduates’ accomplishments at 2019 Spring Convocation

Achievements of approximately 320 future justice and public safety leaders celebrated


The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) recognized the achievements of approximately 320 graduates and its honorary degree recipient, Alan Markwart, at its Spring Convocation held at its New Westminster campus on June 13, 2019.

“As I watch students and recruits practise how to respond to a wide range of real-life situations, I am constantly impressed by their dedication to service,” said JIBC President and CEO Dr. Michel Tarko, in his address to graduates. “Each and every day, there are examples of our graduates supporting the health, safety and well-being of communities in BC, across Canada, and around the world.”

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Alan Markwart was conferred an honorary degree in recognition of his 40 years of leadership in youth justice in British Columbia and across Canada.

“This award is especially meaningful to me because of my lengthy and, I must say, consistently happy and productive association with the Justice Institute of British Columbia for many years,” Markwart told the graduates. “I was involved with JIBC for 40 years – as a student, as a guest speaker, as an advisor and as a senior government administrator who funded core educational programs at the Institute.

“These experiences have demonstrated to me that JIBC has been able to consistently deliver on its mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through exceptional applied education, training and research. As graduates, those dynamic justice and public safety professionals now include you.”

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Emma Fanning, who was graduating from JIBC’s Bachelor of Law Enforcement program, spoke on behalf of all the graduating students about her experience at the Institute. Fanning won several awards during her time at JIBC, including the JIBC International Exchange Scholarship which allowed her to study for a semester in Waterford, Ireland.

“This institution has taught me a lot, not only about academia, but about life,” she said. “It’s taught me that integrity is the backbone of a successful career. It’s taught me that communication is more important than the physical tools on your belt. And it’s taught me that empathy will take you a lot farther than sympathy ever will. These are lessons that I will carry with me every day.”


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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