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June 7, 2016

Student support shifts into high gear with donation

Business leader and philanthropist, Andrew Saxton, LLD, grows ambulance fleet for JIBC Paramedic Academy

Andrew Saxton with JIBC students in the new JIBC training ambulance supported by Mr. Saxton's donationAndrew Saxton, LLD (third from left) and his wife Sophie (second from left) with JIBC paramedic students in the back of the JIBC training ambulance he supported.


Lights flashing, sirens blaring, bystanders watching. In the midst of this chaos, paramedics calmly survey the situation, stabilize the patient, and load them into the ambulance for transport to hospital. This is just one of the scenes played out regularly in training scenarios at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Paramedic Academy.

Thanks to the generous support of Vancouver business leader, philanthropist and JIBC honorary degree recipient Andrew Saxton, LLD, JIBC students in the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Primary Care Paramedic (PCP), and Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) programs will be spending more time learning and mastering life-saving medical skills in the safe, controlled environment of a modern training ambulance.

“As any paramedic will tell you, it can be challenging to deliver care to patients in a moving ambulance, and it takes additional knowledge and skill to safely transition patients in and out of the back of the ambulance,” said Kathy Harms, Director of JIBC’s Health Sciences Division. “Our students gain the experience to deal with both situations in our programs, and the generous support from Andrew will expand our ability to provide this essential training for new paramedics and those advancing in their careers across the province.”

New ambulance unveiled with members of the JIBC Foundation board, JIBC students, and Mr. Saxton
Andrew Saxton, LLD (ninth from left) and his wife Sophie with JIBC paramedic students, faculty and staff, Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC President and CEO (second from right); Barb Kidd, Dean of the School of Health, Community and Social Justice (third from left), Kathy Harms, Director of the Health Sciences Division (sixth from left), Tracy Campbell, Executive Director, JIBC Foundation and Associate Director, Office of Development (third from right); and members of The JIBC Foundation board Daniel Whittle (fourth from left) and Rick Page (first on the right).


The newer, more-equipped model, made possible by Andrew’s contribution, expands the fleet and extends the useful life of JIBC’s training vehicles, which are deployed around the province in support of training in communities served by JIBC. As the JIBC Paramedic Academy trains over 1,000 EMR students, and approximately 200 in paramedicine annually, equipment can experience frequent use.

Andrew and his wife, Sophie, were on hand at the New Westminster Campus on June 7, 2016 to welcome the new addition and get a taste of what it’s like to be a paramedic in training. The Saxton’s had the opportunity to get a rare glimpse of training from the back of the ambulance in a ride along with PCP students with sirens on and lights flashing.

The JIBC applied learning model strives for authenticity. Every piece of equipment in the JIBC ambulance, right down to supplies like bandages, are in the same place as you would find them in a regular BC ambulance. What sets this training ambulance apart is the special audio-visual equipment embedded in the ambulance to capture important training moments for review and playback later.

For Andrew, philanthropy is deeply rooted in his character. From his early start in Canada as an orphan from Hungary in 1947, he has established a number of significant enterprises that have all created major employment opportunities, served on the boards of several prominent businesses, and made considerable contributions to health, education and charitable organizations in Canada.

“Canada has given me every opportunity to succeed and to contribute to society and the community,” said Andrew. “It is a great honour to be able to give back and support the Justice Institute of British Columbia, which is educating honourable professionals addressing important needs in our society.”

“Andrew’s generous gift took some time and effort to coordinate, so we thank him for his patience and cooperation,” said Bernard Magnan, chair of The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation. “It was definitely worth the wait, and we are proud that his contribution will have such a positive impact on students who share his passion for giving back.”  

About The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation

For more than 20 years, The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) has inspired giving for important needs that enhance education, training, student learning and applied research at JIBC. These needs most often include student scholarships and bursaries, new equipment and technology, and other tools related to student success. As the recipient and steward of charitable gifts, The JIBC Foundation is building meaningful relationships with communities to support Canada’s leading public safety educator. 

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Last updated June 28, 2016