Category Archives: School of Health, Community & Social Justice

Centre for Aboriginal Programs & Services Justice Institute of British Columbia Office of Indigenization

JIBC staff and faculty gain lifelong learning opportunities working with Aboriginal students

2016 NAD CollageAn Aboriginal hoop dancer performs at National Aboriginal Day celebrations held at the Justice Institute of British Columbia recently. JIBC staff and faculty marked the occasion by recounting personal and professional lessons they learned from working with Aboriginal students and communities. (Photos by Richard Chu / Story by Wanda Chow)


When it comes to working with Aboriginal students and communities, staff and faculty at Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) find the lessons go both ways.

That was the common theme among speakers at this year’s National Aboriginal Day event held June 21 in JIBC’s recently-opened Aboriginal Gathering Place at the New Westminster Campus.

“National Aboriginal Day is always a special occasion at JIBC,” said Dr. Jeffrey Schiffer, Director of the Office of Indigenization. “This year, we decided it was a great opportunity to share some of the ways the education we’re providing is helping to build capacity within Aboriginal communities, and strengthen relationships in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.”

Bridget Malcom, JIBC’s Aboriginal Student Recruiter & Advisor, shared her story of how her work at the Institute has put her in touch with her own Aboriginal heritage. Growing up, she lived with her father in New Westminster, with little awareness of her mother’s Aboriginal culture. After working at JIBC planning events and ceremonies with local First Nations and their Elders as part of her role, Malcom said there’s been no shortage of opportunities to learn more about her Aboriginal roots. She notes that exposure to her cultural heritage has only enhanced her work and commitment to assist JIBC Aboriginal learners. read more »

Centre for Leadership School of Health, Community & Social Justice

JIBC leadership course takes leadership training to the next level


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Ever since Paul Ferguson decided to take his first course at JIBC in 2014, he hasn’t stopped learning. In June 2015, he graduated with JIBC’s Associate Certificate in Leadership and Conflict Resolution, and he is furthering his education to complete the Certificate in Applied Leadership.

“I enjoyed the courses so much, I just want to continue,” he said. “I didn’t stop and I fully intend to continue and come back to learn more.”

An important component of the Certificate in Applied Leadership is a new Leadership Simulation Capstone course, which Paul completed in the spring. This immersive learning experience is unique for leadership training programs. Offered only at JIBC, the capstone courses gives students the opportunity to apply, in real-time, the leadership theory and skills they’ve gained.

“This is a high energy, fun, engaging and deep-learning experience,” said Georganne Oldham, one of JIBC’s respected leadership instructors and a co-developer of the capstone course. read more »

Paramedic Academy School of Health, Community & Social Justice

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 »

Centre for Counselling & Community Safety School of Health, Community & Social Justice

Mental health specialist broadens his scope of practice with leading-edge training from JIBC

2015_07JULY3_AFOT_WadeAlexander650x300Recognizing a need enhance his knowledge and skills to further support his clients, Wade Alexander completed two JIBC certificate programs that have taken his practice to a new level. (Photo and story by Richard Chu)


Wade Alexander is a registered nurse and a mental health specialist currently employed with the Kamloops Parole office in the Correctional Service of Canada. A couple years ago, he was looking to broaden his scope of practice to counsel federal parolees with trauma and substance abuse issues. He decided to take JIBC’s unique Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma (AFOT) Certificate and the Institute’s Substance Use Certificate to further his ability to help his clients.

“Both programs have had a major impact on my practice,” he said. “For a long time, there has been a need to address complex trauma and substance abuse, and both of these programs have been very useful in addressing both issues. In fact, we developed a new healing intervention as a result of my completion of both certificates.”

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Centre for Counselling & Community Safety School of Health, Community & Social Justice

JIBC graduates gain the tools to help co-workers manage critical incident stress

Christi Gamble, JIBC CISM graduateChrysti Gamble completed JIBC’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program and gained the information and best practices to create CISM teams to support staff when needed in the workplace. (Photo and story by Richard Chu)


As a Senior Safety Advisor at SkyTrain, Chrysti Gamble is focused on supporting the health and safety of staff and customers using the Lower Mainland’s rapid transit system. In 2013, she teamed up with a union employee, Michelle Laurier, to take JIBC’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program, which is designed for frontline and management staff to support individuals dealing with the immediate consequences of a traumatic event.

“We are always looking to improve the wellness and safety of our staff,” said Gamble. “We talked about putting together a peer critical incident stress management team, so we teamed up to take the JIBC program.”

They were taught by leading experts in the field, Bruce Ramsay and Dr. Laurie Pearce. “They have so much knowledge and real-world experience, so we learned a lot.” read more »

Centre for Professional Health Education Health Sciences Division Paramedic Academy

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 »

Centre for Conflict Resolution Justice & Public Safety Division Law Enforcement Studies Diploma

Sherri Calder: JIBC Instructor of the Year instilling vital conflict resolution skills in future justice and public safety professionals

Sherri Calder, JIBC Instructor of the Year 2013Sherri Calder selected as JIBC’s Instructor of the Year. (Photo and story by Richard Chu)


One of the best compliments any instructor can receive is the feedback that what they have taught has made a difference.

Sherri Calder regularly hears such stories from students in the conflict resolution courses she teaches through the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) Centre for Conflict Resolution and in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) Program.

“Many of my students have told me they speak differently to their partners, family members, work colleagues and supervisors,” said Calder, who is the latest recipient of JIBC’s Instructor of the Year Award. “It’s very applicable in their daily lives.”

It’s even more valuable for those responsible for maintaining order and keeping people safe. read more »

Health Sciences Division Justice Institute of British Columbia

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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