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November 10, 2015

The JIBC Foundation announces BC Hydro Community Safety Award recipients

Award provides funding to communities for specialized emergency management training provided by JIBC

BC Hydro Award funds emergency management training provided by JIBC

The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the BC Hydro Community Safety Award. These awards are made possible through the generosity and safety minded efforts of BC Hydro to our make communities safer. 

The awareness, interest and need of the award continues to grow amongst communities in the province, as reflected by the increased number of applications received. Eight communities are the recent recipients of the award, which will be used to fund specialized emergency management training for public safety leaders provided by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). The latest communities to receive the award worth up to $2,000 are:

  • District of North Saanich
  • T'it'q'et Administration
  • District of Elkford
  • Tsawout First Nation
  • Haisla First Nation
  • District of Kent
  • K'ómoks First Nation
  • Okanagan Indian Band

The BC Hydro Community Safety Award supports employees and volunteers of local authorities and First Nations communities in BC and enables them to complete emergency management courses and applied training offered by JIBC. These courses can be taken at a JIBC campus, online, or hosted in their own community.

“Our team in the Emergency Management Division at JIBC is pleased to be part of the BC Hydro Community Safety Award program,” said Pete Learoyd, Program Director. “This is a great opportunity for communities to gain a good foundation of the essential skills and knowledge they need to build an effective emergency management program. Through such training initiatives, local authorities and First Nations can build resiliency to be better prepared to respond and recover from a disaster.” 

“BC Hydro’s support and dedication to public safety ensures that communities across B.C. have access to vital emergency management training,” says Rick Page, Vice Chair of The JIBC Foundation. “This award empowers communities in their response toward safely responding, controlling and mitigating an emergency incident.”

Speaking on behalf of the T'it'q'et Administration, a recent recipient of the community award, Emergency Program Coordinator, Shawn Scotchman, shares what the award meant for his community.

“As a First Nations community, we are challenged to find and secure funds for Emergency Management training. BC Hydro’s Community Safety Award provides our members and staff with a direct partnership with JIBC and the necessary training needed in Emergency Management. T’it’q’et would like to acknowledge and thank BC Hydro for their commitment to safety and security in our province.” 

The next application deadlines for the award are May 31, 2016 and September 30, 2016. For more information, please visit the BC Hydro Community Safety Award webpage.

About The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation

Since 1993, The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) has worked on behalf of JIBC to raise funds for scholarships and bursaries, applied research, equipment and other tools that impact student success. The Foundation is the recipient and manager of charitable donations and builds meaningful relationships with communities to support Canada’s leading public safety educator. 

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Last updated December 4, 2015