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May 27, 2019

BC/Yukon Legion Foundation expands support for JIBC students

Latest donation funds newest immobilization kit for Paramedic Academy


Paramedic students at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) have new equipment to learn how to transport patients safely, thanks to the support of the BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion Foundation.

A long-time partner of The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation), the Legion Foundation has contributed more than $40,000 to help enhance the training of JIBC paramedic students over the past decade. Their most recent donation was directed toward an immobilization kit, which is designed to safely immobilize and transport injured patients. It includes a scoop stretcher which separates into two sections that are brought together under the patient, reducing the need to move the injured person; a Sager splint, used to apply traction for leg fractures; and cervical collars for supporting the neck. Having the use of such equipment during JIBC’s training simulations helps prepare paramedic students for real-life emergencies.

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“Scenario-based training is a key part of the education JIBC provides to its paramedic students, providing invaluable opportunities to learn and practise skills,” said Kathy Harms, Director of JIBC’s Health Sciences Division. “Through our experiential learning model, our students learn to perform their skills and duties in an environment that closely mimics real-world working conditions, better preparing them for their future careers.”

During a recent visit to JIBC’s New Westminster campus, officials from the Legion Foundation observed very recent advanced care paramedic graduates using the newly-acquired equipment. 

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“Our veterans and first responders need the best training BC has to offer. We are proud to partner with JIBC to provide the necessary equipment for students who will go on to support communities with safety, security and emergency response needs for years to come,” said Veronica Brown, Executive Director, BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion Foundation.

“The Legion Foundation understands what it means to serve. Their support of our paramedic students who are dedicated to saving lives is an incredible honour,” said Tracy Campbell, Executive Director, The JIBC Foundation. “As The JIBC Foundation continues to celebrate 25 years of giving, we are grateful for donors like the BC/Yukon Legion Foundation, who share our commitment to safer communities.”


About The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation

For 25 years, The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) has been inspiring giving for important needs that enhance education, training, student learning and applied research at JIBC. These needs most often include student awards and bursaries, specialized equipment and technology, and other tools related to student success. The JIBC Foundation is proud to be building meaningful relationships with communities to support Canada’s leading public safety educator.

About the BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion Foundation

The BC/Yukon Legion Foundation, established in 1997, is the giving arm of The Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command. It is generously supported by the Legion’s branches, Ladies’ Auxiliaries and local & regional Poppy funds, who tirelessly fundraise to support our giving objectives. We support Veterans and their families, as well as health care initiatives, social services, low rental housing, youth and seniors’ sports, and educational programs. The foundation sustains the sacrifice our veterans make with gifts to programs and services our communities need the most. 

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Last updated October 8, 2019