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Health Sciences Division Justice Institute of British Columbia Paramedic Academy School of Health, Community & Social Justice

Be the one saving lives

August 10, 2016 - Vancouver, BC - Photos for JIBC. Photos by Jimmy Jeong
Matt Anderson is keen to be able to use his JIBC paramedic training to serve his remote Central BC community. He also hopes to eventually train others to help provide a basic level of medical care for the town’s 800 residents. (Story by Wanda Chow / Photo by Jimmy Jeong)


Just a week after Matt Anderson successfully completed his paramedic licensing exam he was practically bursting to talk about the possibilities that come with his training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

After all, as the lone certified paramedic in Moricetown, a Wet’suwet’en village in Central BC halfway between Smithers and Hazelton, he and a licenced Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) were to be the  main regular providers of health care to the approximately 800 residents.

It was yet another role in the community for Matt, who is also a high school teacher for at-risk youth, the town’s driving instructor, one of 12 members of its volunteer fire department, and one of only two certified EMRs.

As a first responder, he said, “It’s 24/7. I have a radio on me and I just go when I’m called.”

The town’s fire chief asked him to become the fire department’s “medical guy” because no one else wanted to do it. In a First Nations community, the close knit nature and location can often result in Indigenous firefighters and first responders attending to emergencies involving their own families. This can lead to some uncomfortable situations, unique to a small community.  Matt, however, is one of the few non-Indigenous residents, from a family that’s called Moricetown home for almost 40 years. 

He agreed to the role, was trained in Occupational First Aid Level 1 and enjoyed it so much he started thinking about becoming a paramedic. He attended JIBC to get his EMR certification and eventually community leaders agreed they wanted him to pursue further training.

His school supervisor and the fire chief both gave him leaves of absence so he could go through the eight-month process of training for the Primary Care Paramedic Certificate at JIBC’s Chilliwack campus and completing the licensing requirements; the Moricetown Volunteer Fire Department and the Kyah Wiget Education Society he works for helped cover some of the costs; and the Moricetown Band is also behind him.

The JIBC training was everything he’d hoped.

“I just loved it. I ate that program up. I loved the instructors. The instructors in Chilliwack are phenomenal and I hear that from everyone. Really great course.” read more »

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Community Care Licensing program paves path to new careers for former child care workers

Ashley Minifie and Amy Laughren took their work experience in child care and turned it into new careers as Community Care Licensing Officers, thanks to JIBC’s CCLO program.


It would be something of an understatement to say Amy Laughren and Ashley Minifie have much in common when it comes to their careers.

They both have educational backgrounds in Early Childhood Education. They both worked in childcare facilities – Amy in Ontario and then Alberta, where she was Program Director of a facility before going on maternity leave and moving to Victoria; and Ashley as owner and operator of her own In-Home Multi-Age childcare facility, also in Victoria.

Each became interested in Licensing Officer roles when considering their next career goals. After learning about the Advanced Specialty Certificate in Community Care Licensing program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), they both enrolled.

They met after signing up for their first online course with JIBC, when they were paired together for an assignment.  They ended up taking all the same courses and became fast friends.

Upon completion of JIBC’s Community Care Licensing program, the only program of its kind in Canada, they were both hired by Island Health as Child Care Licensing Officers within a month of each other.

Community Care Licensing Officers (CCLO) are employed through provincial health authorities, providing regulatory oversight to support the health and safety of the most vulnerable members of our society – children, seniors and people with disabilities – in licensed facilities such as child care, youth residential care, adult residential group care and long-term care facilities in BC. CCLOs conduct inspections, complete investigations, and provide education and support to licensees of such facilities. read more »

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Community Care Licensing program a “perfect fit” for nurse seeking new role

Tammy Hull credits JIBC’s Community Care Licensing program with showing her new opportunities in the licensing profession after a workplace injury left her unable to return to her hospital job as a registered nurse. (Story and photo by Wanda Chow) 


From pharmacy technician to accountant, Tammy Hull has had a varied career living in Prince George, but it was her experience with hospice house nurses when her grandmother passed that ultimately led her to become a registered nurse.

So when a workplace injury left her unable to return to her position in the neonatal intensive care unit, she was left wondering, ‘what’s next’?

A nursing colleague who worked in licensing told her about the then-new Advanced Specialty Certificate in Community Care Licensing program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) which she called a great learning opportunity.

Being a life-long learner, “The words ‘learning opportunity’ caught my attention and the fact the program was delivered online,” said Tammy. “I have always heard great reviews of JIBC programs so I applied and was accepted to the program.”

Tammy became the first graduate of JIBC’s Community Care Licensing program, the only such program of its kind in Canada.

“I always recommend the program to colleagues because I believe that JIBC supports the professional learning outcomes of its students,” Tammy said. “The program prepares learners to apply licensing standards to their professional practice when providing regulatory oversight to licensed facilities.” read more »

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Be the one saving lives

Justin Woodroff thrives on the type of calls that give him an opportunity to use the education and problem-solving abilities he gained while a student at the JIBC Paramedic Academy. Beyond technical skills, his JIBC instructors taught students numerous lessons based on their lengthy experience in the field. (Story by Wanda Chow / Photo by Jimmy Jeong)


The call came in as a biking injury in northern Chilliwack, recalled Justin Woodroff, a 24-year-old paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service. The patient had crashed on one of the jumps at the bike park.

When he and his partner arrived, Justin could see this was no routine injury.

“He was under a blanket but we could tell as soon as we got there that his femur was obviously fractured and angulated up towards his torso.”

Thanks to his education in the primary care paramedic program at Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), and his work experience since graduating, Justin was able to make the right decisions to care for the patient. They called for an advanced life support unit and a helicopter staffed with critical care paramedics to fly the patient to hospital.

It’s the sort of case he thrives on, the type that gives him the opportunity to use a lot of his education, tools, skills and problem-solving abilities to help someone in need. Paramedicine is a career path Justin started on at age 19 when he began volunteering with the Cultus Lake Fire Department.

“After responding to various emergencies with the fire department I was hooked on emergency medicine,” he said, adding since high school he had always envisioned working in a science or medical-related field so it was a natural fit.

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Training that makes a difference: UBC medical student puts her JIBC paramedic training to work in Africa


This past summer, Tika Okuda spent five weeks in an African country helping to support a local organization providing community health care and education for local health care workers.

A JIBC Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) graduate who is now a second year medical student at UBC, Tika was part of a team that had the opportunity to explore ways to improve hand hygiene in the community, teach community health care workers, and shadow medical professionals in two local hospitals.

She recently shared a story illustrating the value of her paramedic training when she had to help a nurse during the birth of a newborn in a local hospital.

“Since our return, I have been considering the benefits of my paramedic training, and I wanted to acknowledge the amazing instructors that helped build my practical first aid skills and my personal confidence. read more »

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JIBC students, staff and faculty support CPR training throughout B.C.

2015_02FEB_ChilliwackCPR4LIFE-650x300smPrimary Care Paramedic students in Chilliwack showed people of all ages how to do CPR as part of Heart Month in February. (Submitted photo; story by Richard Chu)


For Heart Month in February, students, staff and faculty from the Health Sciences Division (HSD) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) helped people of all ages learn about the life-saving value of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The public engagement included teaching people how to perform CPR on people in a critical cardiac emergency, and was in support of a friendly challenge from the Vancouver Fire Fighters Community CPR Program as part of its CPR4LIFE campaign.

The activities by HSD participants to build awareness of the value of CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were varied throughout the province. read more »

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Educational resources for volunteers responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa

RedCrossEbolaScreenShot650x300smVideo screen shot of Red Cross personnel supporting the global effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak. (Story by Richard Chu)

Canadian Red Cross and the Government of Canada continue to support the global effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As of November 19, 2014, there have been nearly 15,000 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of the Ebola virus disease reported in six countries in West Africa.

The Red Cross continues to appeal for personnel from a wide range of health-related professions from nurses and physicians to psychological and social support workers, water and sanitation engineers, and infection prevention and control workers.

To ensure the safety of its personnel and volunteers, Red Cross responders receive specific and intensive Ebola training that includes proper protection measures. To support those who are considering responding to the call, there are several free online JIBC courses available that can help prepare responders for deployment:

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Kelowna paramedic students gain real-world experience at local nursing home


Hands-on, experiential education and training is a hallmark at Justice Institute of British Columbia. Engaging in active training simulations is one way students learn to apply the knowledge they have gained. But students also gain first-hand knowledge through various opportunities in the community as a result of the meaningful partnerships between JIBC and local public safety agencies and organizations. Recently, students in Kelowna’s Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Program had the opportunity to gain some experience at a local nursing home.

Kelowna PCP student Jenna Espersen shares some highlights of her cohort’s experience. read more »