Peter W. Webster is one of the former JIBC governors who took the lead on establishing The JIBC Foundation in 1993.
As the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) marks 40 years of justice and public safety education, it is taking the time to recognize how generous donors and supporters have helped transform education and student lives over the years.
In 1993, two JIBC governors, Anthony P. Pantages, QC, and Peter W. Webster, LLD (honorary), took the lead on establishing The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) to raise funds to support education, students, and research at JIBC.
Webster joined the JIBC Board of Governors on the invitation of friend and fellow member Joseph H. Cohen. As a JIBC governor, he gained a great appreciation for the work done by first responders, the training they go through, and the challenges they face while doing their jobs helping others.
He later served as the founding chair of The JIBC Foundation and as a member of its board of directors for several years, and continues to be a passionate supporter, raising awareness of the work being done at JIBC whenever he gets the chance.
“I’m extremely proud of being part of JIBC and being part of the first responder world,” said Webster. “I think JIBC is second to none.”
Since then, The JIBC Foundation has raised more than $13 million in support of justice and public safety education at JIBC and funded more than 2,000 awards, bursaries, and scholarships to recognize student achievements and increase access to education.
While JIBC students come from a wide continuum of society, the one thing they have in common is a passion and desire to make a difference and contribute to safer communities and a more just society. JIBC students are trained and educated to help people in their time of need and The JIBC Foundation donors are in turn there to support students in their time of need and to ensure they have the best possible learning experience. Donors like the late Dr. Donald B. Rix, a director on the Foundation board, who donated $1 million through the Rix Family Foundation to establish the simulation building at the New Westminster campus, later named in his honour, and an endowment to provide financial support for students.
Additional funding for the simulation building, designed for state-of-the-art technology and scenario-based training exercises, was received from The R. Howard Webster Foundation, of which Peter W. Webster is chair, as part of its $550,000-donation that also supported the JIBC Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Violence.
As part of celebrating JIBC’s 40th anniversary, The JIBC Foundation, currently chaired by Bernie Magnan, plans to recognize the many ways donors have contributed to justice and public safety education over the years, launch the JIBC Future 40 Campaign for student financial support, and host a fundraising gala in the fall of 2018.
Last updated January 21, 2019