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April 24, 2015

New student award honours Bev Stenning

The Bev Stenning Excellence in Emergency Management Memorial Award has been established in memory of an exemplary volunteer, teacher and leader

Bev Stenning

In recognition of Bev Stenning’s outstanding contribution to service and leadership, the Capital Region Emergency Awareness Network (CREAN) has established a new student award at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in her honour.

The Bev Stenning Excellence in Emergency Management Memorial Award will be presented annually to students enrolled in the Emergency Management Certificate program, or the Emergency and Security Management diploma or degree programs.

Bev was an exemplary volunteer, teacher and leader who contributed greatly to the emergency management community in B.C. since she joined the Victoria Emergency Management Agency (VEMA) in 2002. She passed away in March 2015 after a courageous fight with cancer.

Her dedication to helping the community was demonstrated countless times as she helped provide emergency social services for British Columbians who were forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, and other emergencies.

“Bev was exemplary in her work, whether it was in the classroom or in the field,” said CREAN’s Tom Burchill. “Skilled, dedicated and kind, Bev was lovingly nicknamed the ‘Princess’ by her close friends and colleagues in emergency management. All who knew and volunteered with Bev will carry her memory deep in their hearts whenever the call comes to respond. In the field of emergency management, she truly was royalty.”

In addition to serving various roles in VEMA over the years, including Deputy Director, she was a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross and a volunteer member of Vancouver Island’s Mobile Support Team (MST), which is responsible for providing on-the-spot training and support to Emergency Social Services (ESS) teams throughout B.C. during significant emergencies.

Her passion for teaching led her to JIBC and the Red Cross. She often travelled throughout the province to deliver emergency management workshops and worked extensively to organize the successful, bi-annual Vancouver Island Emergency Preparedness Conference that brings together hundreds of volunteers to learn new skills, share experiences, and build bridges between Island communities towards better emergency preparedness.

“Bev had a long history as an enthusiastic and well-regarded instructor in our ESS training program,” said Colleen Vaughan, Dean of JIBC’s School of Public Safety. “Her commitment to sharing her knowledge and experience with others, who had the same desire to help those impacted by a disaster as her, was second to none.”

Bev was held in high regard in the Emergency Social Services community. In 2011, she received the prestigious Vivian Robinson Award from the VIEP Conference Society, and the Emergency Social Services Volunteer of the Year Award from the BC Ministry of Justice.

Students in the Emergency Management Certificate program, or the Emergency and Security Management diploma or degree programs, with a demonstrated financial need can apply for the award by the June 30 application deadline.

To make a financial contribution to the Bev Stenning Excellence in Emergency Management Memorial Award, please visit The JIBC Foundation’s online donation page or call 604.528.5877.

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 1, 2015