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July 9, 2018

Memorial fund created in honour of Heather Lyle

Friends and family recognize service and leadership of former JIBC program manager and emergency management leader

Heather LyleIn recognition of Heather Lyle’s outstanding contribution to service and leadership in emergency management, friends, family, and colleagues have established the Heather Lyle Memorial Fund. The fund will support students in the Emergency Management Certificate, Diploma in Emergency and Security Management, and the Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies.

Heather’s distinguished career in emergency management spanned more than 30 years. She began her career in 1986, as the Emergency Program Coordinator in the City of New Westminster, later moving in 1991 to the same position with the City of Vancouver. In 1998, Heather brought her experience to the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) where she worked as an instructor and program coordinator/manager. During her eight years at JIBC, Heather led the implementation of the Emergency Management Certificate program, the first in Canada, and in 2001 she received the JIBC Instructor of the Year award.

After leaving JIBC to join the Corporation of Delta as Manager of Emergency Programs, Heather was seconded in 2008 to the 2010 Winter Olympics, after which she moved to Emergency Management BC (EMBC) to be Director, Integrated Public Safety and later Executive Director. Heather’s commitment to emergency management saw her also volunteer for the Emergency Social Services Association of BC, where she held multiple positions including President, and the ShakeOut BC organizing committee, where she helped establish the earthquake drill campaign in British Columbia.

Widely recognized for her significant service and contributions to the emergency management field, Heather received many awards during her career including: Regional Premier’s Award and Provincial Finalist for Leadership Category; Provincial Premier’s Award for Cross-Government Integration – Integrated Public Safety Team; EMBC Recognition for Leadership for V2010 Planning and Exercise Programs; Lifetime Achievement Award from Emergency Social Services Association of BC; Canadian Award in Emergency Management from Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness; and Training Excellence Award from the National Institute For Staff & Organizational Development.

At JIBC, Heather is remembered for her lasting impact. “It goes without saying that Heather’s efforts and work had a significant impact on the growth and recognition of our emergency management programs and courses,” said Colleen Vaughan, Vice-President, Academic. “Furthermore, her leadership, devotion and contributions to the field of emergency management throughout British Columbia and beyond were second to none.”

For those wishing to recognize Heather’s outstanding contribution to the field of Emergency Management, please consider a donation to the Heather Lyle Memorial Fund administered by The JIBC Foundation. To make a donation, please visit The JIBC Foundation online giving page.

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Last updated July 9, 2018