Justice and Human Services

Welcome from the Dean

Jeanine Webber

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Centre for Justice and Human Services’ (CJHS) webpage. Whether you are a prospective student, current student, alumni or one of our valued partners, this page is designed to connect you to our centre.

The CJHS is dedicated to preparing students to be change-makers within their community. Many of our students contribute towards enhancing the quality of life for members of their community while studying in our programs. For example, students involved in our Lethbridge College LEO Club contribute hundreds of hours of community service each year.

Whether our students are studying at our campus or in their home as a distance learner, our centre provides a vibrant learning community for them. Our robust menu of online courses provides learners with maximum flexibility as they strive to meet their learning goals. Our exceptional faculty team bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our learning spaces. Students have the opportunity to participate in many work-integrated and competency-based learning activities throughout their academic journey with us. Additionally, students have the opportunity to pursue international learning experiences.

Each member of the CJHS team is dedicated to student success and providing a rich, nurturing and stimulating learning experience to each of our students.

I hope that you will return often to our webpage, Twitter and Facebook pages to keep updated on the on-going activities within our vibrant centre.

Jeanine Webber, Ph.D., RSW

Centre Spotlight

Faculty Research

Faculty Research Published in SoTL Journal

School of Justice instructor, Kirsten Fantazir, and retired instructor, Murray Bartley, have published their research findings, Role-Playing Gamification Technologies with Adult Learners, in the inaugural March 2021 issue of Imagining SoTL, an open access publication stemming from the annual Symposium for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Banff, AB. Their research focused on the promotion of student engagement, motivation, and success using game-based learning technology in post-secondary classrooms. 

50th Anniversary of Policing Education

50th Anniversary of Policing Education

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Criminal Justice-Policing diploma program at several special events throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. We will be hosting a panel discussion on the next 50 years in public safety in January, a plaque presentation in February, and a special reception for alumni, students and partners in March.

Sheila French

Faculty featured at conferences in 2019

Sheila French presented What Works! A Meta-Analysis of General Risk Prediction Instruments for Adult Correctional Clients at the Canadian Criminal Justice Association Conference in November in Quebec City. Sheila’s presentation provided a report from a meta-analysis that organized all available literature for risk assessment tools for the appraisal of general recidivism. Results include predictive validity estimates for all major risk assessment tools, as well as selected moderator influences.

Dean’s Student Advisory Council

Dean’s Student Advisory Council

On-campus and online student representatives from all programs across the centre are dedicated to providing feedback about their experiences at Lethbridge College. We offer our sincerest appreciation for the thoughtful feedback and suggestions provided by this group. Any student interested in participating on this Council may contact Jeanine Webber, the Dean by email.


Centre for Justice and Human Services Awards

On Monday, Dr. Jeanine Webber, Dean of the Centre for Justice and Human Services, presented Centre Awards at the centre’s virtual monthly meeting. The awards recognize external and internal partners, innovation and representation of centre values.

 The award recipients are as follows:

Erin Olsen, External Partner Award

Erin has committed herself to both the community and the education of community members, including students in the School of Justice Studies. As a Crown Prosecutor, Erin provided countless volunteer hours to ensure student success in our program, either through her personal participation in the classroom or through informational support and guidance in curriculum updates and development. Erin was recently appointed a provincial court judge.

Sheri Wright and Marie Laenen, Internal Partner Award

Sheri and Marie are innovators who create inclusive environments for learning that extend beyond the Nursing program and have a positive impact across the campus. They created simulation-learning experiences as close to “real life” that is possible. Without their assistance, these experiences would be beyond the reach of our program.

Allen Ledyit, Centre Values Award

Allen’s willingness to support, and assist colleagues across the Centre coupled with his quiet nurturing, compassionate leadership style contributes towards individuals and our Centre as a collective.  The Centre Values Award is presented to Allen as formal acknowledgement of how he embodies the values (respect, accountability, integrity) of the Centre for Justice and Human Services at Lethbridge College.

Murray Bartley, Daniel Walton, Scott Chadsey, Innovation Award

Murray, Dan and Scott responded to the challenge that COVID 19 presented for the capstone Courtroom course in the CJP diploma last March with innovation. Students and graduates all speak about the incredible learning they experience in this course and these 3 faculty members were not about to let COVID 19 rob their students of this experience. Using their teaching and technological knowledge they replicated the mock court trials from the "courtroom" to the virtual courtroom without missing a court appearance.

We would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to all of the recipients and thank them for the contributions they have made to the Centre for Justice and Human Services.

Schools & Programs

School of Human Services

School of Human Services

Our students in the Early Childhood Education, Education Assistant, and Child and Youth Care programs bring their love of helping children and youth to gain three critical tools they’ll use in their working lives. By working from the heart to highly skilled practice, they’ll develop essential skills, acquire critical knowledge, and put their skills in action in a variety of work integrated opportunities.

Cheryl Hatten
Chair, Instructor and Practicum Coordinator, Early Childhood Education program
Cheryl Hatten, ECE Dip., BA, MEd.
Interim Chair, Child and Youth Care program & Educational Assistant program
Lance Semak. B.A, M.A.
Program Assistant
Heather Ober
School of Justice Studies

School of Justice Studies

Our three School of Justice Studies programs prepare students for rewarding and demanding careers within the public safety field. Students develop essential skills and knowledge in the classroom that they put into action in various scenario-based learning activities. Learn how to enhance the quality of life within your community.

We have two certificate programs – Police Cadet Certificate and Commercial Vehicle certificate. These programs use a competency-based model and where developed in close collaboration with our Policing and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement partners.

Chair Criminal Justice – Policing diploma and Correctional Studies diploma (on campus)
David Maze, B.A.I.S. in Criminal Justice, M.A.I.S
Chair Justice Studies - Bachelor of Applied Arts (on campus)
Gary Barron. Ph.D.
Chair DL sections Criminal Justice–Policing, Correctional Studies, Justice Studies-Bach Applied Arts
Kirsten Fantazir, Ph.D.
Program Assistant
Corinne Knop
Inclusive Post-Secondary Education

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education offers students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to have an authentic college experience and participate fully in campus life. Students are supported in taking college level courses, participating in campus activities and groups, gaining volunteer work experience in their community and, ultimately, obtaining meaningful employment.

Coordinator, Inclusive Post-Secondary Education
Shannon Mertz

Activities & Events

Conversation with a Cop

Conversation with a Cop

On Oct. 22,, 2019, representatives from the RCMP, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, Canadian Armed Forces, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Canadian Border Services met with students to answer their questions about their roles within our community. We appreciate our partners’ generosity in making such a positive learning opportunity possible.


Simulated Learning Incident for Collaboration and Knowledge (SLICK).

We strive to provide students access to hands-on learning opportunities that create a learning experience that moves beyond the classroom. Through our interdisciplinary, collaborative relationship with the Nursing, Paramedic/PCP, and Digital Communications and Media programs, our Criminal Justice Policing students participate in a “close to real life as possible” SLICK Major Crimes scenario twice each year.

National Child Day

National Child Day

Our Early Childhood Education program successfully hosted a National Child Day event. Our outdoor play area was particularly well-received by children and their families alike. It was our pleasure to be an integral part of the event where families and community partners came together to celebrate and honour the rights of the child. 

Key Contacts

Jeanine Webber
Dean, Centre for Justice and Human Services
Jeanine Webber, Ph.D., RSW
Trudi Mason
Associate Dean
Trudi Mason, M. Mus
Senior Administrative Assistant
Michelle Taylor, B. Comm.

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