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Divisions

BC & Yukon Division

If you have decided to take the Award challenge, congratulations! We are your Division and will be your first point of contact. As your Division, we are here to guide and support you while on the road to completing the Award.

Our website has recently undergone a makeover, and we beg your patience as we fine tune its functionality. Please see the rectangular grey and pink buttons above to find the information and resources you need.

To help you get started, participants can learn how to Start, Do, and Get their their award under the Participants tab above.  Leaders can find the info they require under the Leaders tab.

If you cannot find the info you require, please contact our office. We are here to help!  There is no question to big or too small.      

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Featured Event

 

By Popular Request From Our Alumni!

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Join us at P2B Bistro & Bar at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in downtown Vancouver for delicious food, drink, and good conversation!

The BC & Yukon Division is hosting a small networking Meet & Greet for graduated Alumni who are interested in meeting and connecting with fellow Alumni. Duke of Ed has a long history of producing fantastic leaders in a variety of industries; this event is a great opportunity to meet other exceptional professionals from the Lower Mainland and discuss a variety of leadership topics that connect us through the Duke of Ed program.  

Click here for more information and to RSVP. We look forward to mingling with you on February 11th! 

 

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Things participants need to know

  1. Start The Award
  2. Do The Award
  3. Get The Award
  4. Record Book Supplement
  5. Cadets, Guides & Scout Information
  6. Want help doing your paperwork? Watch our Paperwork Hacks webinar

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Upcoming Events

 

 By Popular Request From Our Alumni!

 

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Join us at P2B Bistro & Bar at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in downtown Vancouver for delicious food, drink, and good conversation!

The BC & Yukon Division is hosting a small networking Meet & Greet for graduated Alumni who are interested in meeting and connecting with fellow Alumni. Duke of Ed has a long history of producing fantastic leaders in a variety of industries; this event is a great opportunity to meet other exceptional professionals from the Lower Mainland and discuss a variety of leadership topics that connect us through the Duke of Ed program.  

Click here for more information and to RSVP. We look forward to mingling with you on February 11th!

 

Past Events

February 2016

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Tuesday, February 2
6-8:30 p.m. 
University of Victoria- David Strong Building - Room 112
Victoria, BC


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award BC & Yukon Division is thrilled to partner with the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria to offer an exclusive recruitment event for Award Alumni and participants. If you are considering post-secondary options and want to put your Award achievement to use, this is the event for you! The evening will include an information session followed by opportunities for you to introduce yourself and speak with Peter B. Gustavson recruitment officers, as well as alumni and other representatives from Co-op and exchange.

The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business is a leader in inspired business education, and they recognize that achievement of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the gold standard of excellence for talent, leadership, and resiliency. They offer international, integrative, and innovative learning. Check out their programs, including the one-of-a-kind Global MGB program, here.

This event is free to attend. For further information and to RSVP, please click here.  

 

November 2015

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On November 13, 2015, the inaugural AlumniConnect 2015 event was held in downtown Vancouver at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel. 30 employer organizations including top corporations, government, non-profit, and post-secondary institutions hosted exhibitor booths in an effort to meet and attract the top talent represented by Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Alumni.

“Achievement of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award lets employers know that a candidate can balance a busy well rounded healthy lifestyle while successfully achieving tough goals. It is a marker of the kind of talent employers need to stay competitive,” says Jim Kershaw Senior Vice-President, Pacific Region Head for TD Wealth and National President of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Canada.

And by all reports, the recruiters of attending AlumniConnect agree. Shawn Olsen of Freedom 55 Financial said, “We wanted to have a presence here because of the type of people The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award attracts.” Janice Nelson of Transcontinental Printing added that “it’s the perfect target and demographic in terms of age and leadership experience.” Rimple Sumer of Home Depot Canada explained that she was recruiting at AlumniConnect because the company was looking for passionate people: “I can teach you a skill, but not a will. We love people with passion.”

In a post-event survey 91% of exhibitors said they met potential candidates for their organization and plan to follow up with them directly.

The vision behind AlumniConnect was to create a career networking event for Alumni that would help them transition into their next step, be it post-secondary education or a career. TD, a long-time corporate donor to the Award program in Canada, were lead sponsors of the event.

“For those of us who interact with Award Achievers regularly, we know just what an exceptional and inspiring talent pool they represent. They truly are the leaders of today and tomorrow,” says Sushil Saini, Executive Director of the BC & Yukon Division that organized the event, “providing a platform where that potential can network with the opportunities offered by recruiters of top organizations is a natural next step in our service to our Alumni.”

Over 130 Alumni attended the networking event and evening reception that followed. “The day has been great,” says alumnus Lee Taylor, “the venue is wonderful and the [exhibitors] are really excited to see us.” Alumnus Ariel Winkelmeyer added that “I’ve already met a variety of Alumni I didn’t know….as well, I am understanding which companies value the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.”

“I’ve been talking to my colleagues that have been here since the beginning of the event,” says Kershaw summarizing TD’s experience at the event they sponsored, “they’re very impressed by the quality of the individuals coming through…it’s one of their first times to have intense interaction with Award Achievers and what they’ve been saying to me is: ‘it’s a very impressive group.'"

Moving forward, the BC & Yukon Division will be working directly with organizations from AlumniConnect who have requested opportunities to do exclusive networking events with Award Alumni. As Saini explains, “we have worked hard in Canada to make the Award a zero barrier program for all youth. It is a pleasure to expand the opportunities offered by the Award to the all-important transition stage from student to young professional.”

Check out a recap of AlumniConnect 2015 on YouTube

 

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Annual Statistical Review for the BC & Yukon Division 2014

New Registrants
How many young people joined The Award for the first time during the year?

Bronze

1515

Silver

392

Gold

289

Total New Registrants - 2,196

Awards Gained
How many young people completed an Award during the year?

Bronze

376

Silver

213

Gold

95

 Total Awards Gained - 685

Participants
How many young people actively participated in The Award during the year?

Total Participants - 9,512

Meet the BC & Yukon Division Team

Address:
4086 Shelbourne Street
Victoria, BC 
V8N 4P6
Telephone:
Victoria 250-385-4232
Vancouver604) 682-5543
Toll Free  1-888-881-7788
Fax 250-385-1433?

Charitable Registration Number: 12590 6545 RR0001

Meet our Board of Directors

See who we are! BC & Yukon Division Team photos & biographies

Division Office Team:

Sushil Saini
Executive Director
ssaini@dukeofed.org

Elana Ilott
Award Officer & Leader Liaison
eilott@dukeofed.org

Odette Laramee
Award & Aboriginal Engagement Officer
olaramee@dukeofed.org

Nikki Tellem
Program& Office Administrator
bcyk@dukeofed.org


Division Field Officers:
The following Field Officers may be able to assist you with any questions you have or, if you are an Award leader, you can contact them to set up a presentation. 

Craig McCulloch
Field Officer - Lower Mainland & Alumni Relations 
alumnibcyk@dukeofed.org
604-318-2566

Fiona Rogan
Field Officer - Lower Mainland
frogan@dukeofed.org
604-218-6371

Martine Oosting
Field Officer - Kootenays
moosting@dukeofed.org
250-551-5667

Brad Gooderham
Volunteer Field Officer - Squamish
wbgooderham@gmail.com
604-907-1846 

Arnold Wick
Volunteer Field Officer - Northern BC 
awick@citytel.net
250-624-6557

Ben Douglas
Volunteer Field Officer - Comox Valley
ben@douglasclan.ca
250-338-6247

Ken Meyer
Volunteer Field Officer - Mid-Vancouver Island
kbmeyer@shaw.ca
250-739-3615

Debbie Bisson
Volunteer Field Officer - Prince George area
debbie.bisson@gmail.com
250-962-0218

 

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Supporters

 

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Thank you David Spence and Donna Otto 

 

Mr. David Spence and Ms. Donna Otto, of Brentwood Bay, BC have gifted the BC & Yukon Division with a donation of $15,000 to be distributed over five years. The funds are to be used towards engaging BC and Yukon youth who are involved in artistic and/or spiritual endeavors into the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program. Mr. Spence, a retired United Church of Canada Minister first came in contact with the Award when his son received his Gold Award 30 years ago. Ms. Otto, a retired music educator, is also the founder and past artistic director of the Coastal Sound Music Academy. We are thrilled to welcome them to our supporter family!                  

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our Supporters:

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The concept of the Award is one of individual challenge. It offers young people a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance,  perseverance, and responsibility. It equips them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities, and to the world.


The Award operates in all ten provinces and three territories of Canada. Each area of the country is organized into regional divisions. On the local level our regional divisions receive support from many small  businesses, legions, service clubs and individuals, who are looking for a way to give back to the community. Offering support on the local level is very rewarding. You see first-hand how your support is giving local  youth the opportunity to challenge themselves and live the achievement of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 

Being a supporter at the Local or National level your donation provides Canadian youth the opportunity to face new experiences, develop confidence and create healthy and active individuals through their participation in the Award Programme.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support the Award Programme, please contact the BC & Yukon Office at bcyk@dukeofed.org or 250-385-4232. If you would like more information on becoming a National sponsor please contact the National Office or email info@dukeofed.org.

Interested in equipping young people for life and gaining internationally recognized experience? Become a volunteer Group Leader for the Award!

To get started, first read the National Office's Award Leader page for an overview of the role of a Group Leader.

Download and read our Electronic Information Package, which introduces you to the Award in BC & the Yukon. Our Leader Toolkit contains a more in-depth look at the responsibilities of a Leader, as well as the resources available to you so that you feel supported and confident in delivering the Award to your youth.

Ready to become a Group Leader? Complete and submit a New Group Registration Form to the Division Office. After registering, we will send you a Leader Information Package with additional resources and a sample Record Book. 

We're Here For Group Leaders

We have a monthly e-newsletter to update Leaders on upcoming ceremonies, training webinars and new resources. After registering as a Leader you will be added to the mailing list.

Can?'t make our live Leader Training and Q&A webinar? You can watch a 22 minute recording at your convenience.

On our website you can find many resources available to aid youth as they Start The AwardDo The Award and Get The Award.

Have questions? We are here to help, and no question is too big or small! You can call or email our Leader Liaison, Elana Illot.We also have Field Officers across the province who are available to come and do a presentation or workshop with your youth, attend a community event or generally provide support. To find a Field Officer in your area, or get in touch with staff at the Division Office, Contact Us.

Additional Resources for Leaders:

Many Leaders find the Record Book Supplement an excellent one stop shop for orienting their participants to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Record Book.

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Promotional Materials:

‘Equip Young People for Life’ VideoParticipant Brochure | Make a Difference Video | Presentation & Presentation Notes | Top 10 Reasons | International Impact Framework 2012

Stay connected!

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Award Beat - Monthly Participant & Leader Newsletter

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

Friends of The Award- Quarterly Supporter & Donor Newsletter

Winter 2015

Alumni- Semi-annual Newsletter

September 2015 

 

 By Popular Request From Our Alumni!

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Join us at P2B Bistro & Bar at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in downtown Vancouver for delicious food, drink, and good conversation!

The BC & Yukon Division is hosting a small networking Meet & Greet for graduated Alumni who are interested in meeting and connecting with fellow Alumni. Duke of Ed has a long history of producing fantastic leaders in a variety of industries; this event is a great opportunity to meet other exceptional professionals from the Lower Mainland and discuss a variety of leadership topics that connect us through the Duke of Ed program.  

Click here
for more information and to RSVP. We look forward to mingling with you on February 11th!