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March 28, 2012

JIBC Awards of Excellence

JIBC President Jack McGee presented 12 awards recognizing significant contributions of individuals and teams

JIBC faculty, staff, work teams, friends and associates, and alumni were recognized for their significant contributions at the annual JIBC Awards of Excellence held March 27.

In a ceremony at the Institute’s theatre on the New Westminster campus, JIBC President Jack McGee presented awards to the following recipients:

President’s Award

  • Mary Smethurst, Receptionist at that JIBC Information Desk/Main Reception on the New Westminster campus, is the face of JIBC for many students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus.
  • Al Lund had a long career with the RCMP before founding JIBC’s Driver Education Centre (DEC) in 1988. Al has also been a driving force in developing JIBC’s Traffic Safety & Injury Prevention Centre, which will launch in April 2012.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

  • Tom Stamatakis graduated from JIBC recruit class 44 before joining the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). He is President of both the Vancouver Police Union and the BC Police Association.
  •  Bob Rich graduated from JIBC recruit class 17 before joining the VPD, where he attained the rank of Deputy Chief Constable. He is Chief Constable of the Abbotsford Police Department.

Friend and Associate Award 

  • Mike Novakowski graduated from JIBC recruit class 42 and taught in JIBC’s Police Academy. He now serves as Sergeant, Recruiting Section, Abbotsford Police Department.
  • Larry Pearce has had a long career in the emergency management field, which included working 14 years with Emergency Preparedness Canada and being a founding member of the Emergency Preparedness for Industry & Commerce Council (EPICC).
  • Dave Ferguson is Executive Director, Mitigation, with Emergency Management BC. Dave has been responsible for BC’s support of more than 13,000 members of the province’s emergency response volunteer groups.

 Program of Excellence Award

  • The Alberta Victim Services E-Learning Program provides online training for victim services advocates. The program, which is the first of its kind in Canada, is a successful collaboration between JIBC’s School of Community & Social Justice and Alberta’s Solicitor General and Public Security Ministry.
  • The Associate Certificate in Conflict Coaching is a new program in JIBC’s Centre for Conflict Resolution that provides practical, effective methods for reducing conflict and creating strategies for sustainable resolutions.

award winners
Staff from the School of Community & Social Justice who have worked on the Alberta Victim Services E-Learning Program, with JIBC President Jack McGee.

Instructor of the Year Award

  • Marie Jose Dhaese developed and teaches the Expressive Play Therapy Certificate program in JIBC’s Centre for Counselling & Community Safety. As a therapist, clinical consultant, and educator, Marie Jose is a leader in the field of expressive therapies, abuse, loss, and trauma.
  • Steve Miller had a 30-year career with the VPD before becoming Instructor, Firearms Training, with JIBC’s Police Academy. (Read a feature story about Steve’s work as an instructor in JIBC’s indoor shooting range.)

Award of Excellence in Applied Research

  • Gary Thandi, JIBC sessional researcher, is the lead author and researcher of “This is a man’s problem: Strategies for working with South Asian male perpetrators of intimate partner violence”. The study was published by JIBC’s Office of Applied Research, Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Violence, in November 2011.

Service Excellence Award

  • Alex Popov is Systems Administrator, Databases in JIBC’s Technology Services department.
  • The Website Redesign Team – including staff from the Communications & Marketing, Technology Services, and Student Services/Registration departments – completed a major redesign of the JIBC website in February 2011.

JIBC Awards of Excellence 2011

The Website Redesign Team – including staff from the Communications & Marketing, Technology Services, and Student Services/Registration departments - with JIBC President Jack McGee.

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