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May 6, 2015

JIBC student award dedicated to memory of fallen paramedics

Fallen Paramedics Tribute Award supports JIBC students pursuing careers in paramedicine

With the unveiling of the Fallen Paramedic Memorial on the grounds of the legislature in Victoria today, a student award at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is being dedicated to paramedics in British Columbia who have given their lives in the line of duty in service to their province.

Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka were both JIBC alumni and BC Ambulance Service paramedics who were tragically killed when their ambulance plunged into Kennedy Lake on October 19, 2010. They both provided a combined 37 years of service to British Columbians as employees of the BC Ambulance Service, exemplifying a remarkable legacy of exceptional leadership and outstanding service. In tribute, fellow paramedics came together to establish an award that supports and recognizes JIBC students pursuing careers in paramedicine.

In the years that followed, the award evolved to reflect program developments at JIBC and now recognizes all the paramedics who have died in the line of duty in service to their province.

“Paramedics are passionate, dedicated responders who play a vital role in the health and safety of everyone in the community,” said Kathy Harms, Director of the Health Sciences Division. “This award remembers those that paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community and recognizes students who exemplify the care, passion and leadership of our fallen paramedics.”

Paramedic students at JIBC who demonstrate strong leadership and considerable involvement in their community can apply for the $500 award by the application deadlines of June 30 and October 30.

To donate to the Fallen Paramedics Tribute Award, or for more information about creating a memorial gift, please contact The JIBC Foundation.

“Donations play a fundamental role in the Institute’s ability to deliver quality education and the best training possible,” said Bernie Magnan, Chair of the JIBC Foundation Board of Directors. Philanthropic support is essential to fund much needed financial aid for our students. It also makes a significant difference in their lives.”

About The JIBC Foundation

Since 1993, The JIBC Foundation has supported the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) by raising funds for student scholarships and bursaries, applied research, equipment and other tools for learning. By inspiring giving through various fundraising initiatives, the Foundation ensures that JIBC continues to maintain its reputation for excellence and innovation as Canada’s leading public safety educator. 

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Last updated June 15, 2015