BC & Yukon Division

If you live in BC or Yukon we are your Division and we are your point of contact for your The Award experience.

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

To help you get started, participants can find out about starting, doing, and getting 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.




Alumni Connect 2015

Our Alumni Connect event is fast approaching.
If you are an Exhibitor click here for more information on the event and  how how to register. 
If you are Alumni and want to attend, click here to find out more information and how to register. 

We can't wait to connect in November. It's going to be a great event! 


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



Alumni Information
Exhibitor Information

Last year we asked over 7,000 Award Alumni for feedback on what they wanted as Alumni from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Their feedback came through loud and clear! The top three requests are career networking, job reference support, and social events.

We hear you!

This fall in downtown Vancouver we are organizing an exclusive event for Duke of Ed Alumni ONLY. Top corporations including Corporate Knight winners and BC Top 50 Employers will have booths staffed by their HR professionals ready to meet and chat with our stellar Alumni. Universities and other post-secondary institutions will also be in attendance.

 This is an exclusive chance to strut your stuff, get an inside track, and ask questions directly with organizations that recognize the value of your Duke of Ed achievement! Afterwards we will be hosting a cocktail party for Alumni over the age of 19.

If you are an alumnus and want more info or to attend click here

If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor click here


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?







Total New Registrants - 2,196

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







 Total Awards Gained - 685

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

Total Participants - 9,512

Meet the BC & Yukon Division Team

4086 Shelbourne Street
Victoria, BC 
V8N 4P6
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

Elana Ilott
Award Officer & Leader Liaison

Odette Laramee
Award & Aboriginal Engagement Officer

Nikki Tellem
Program& Office Administrator

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

Fiona Rogan
Field Officer - Lower Mainland

Martine Oosting
Field Officer - Kootenays

Brad Gooderham
Volunteer Field Officer - Squamish

Arnold Wick
Volunteer Field Officer - Northern BC

Ben Douglas
Volunteer Field Officer - Comox Valley

Ken Meyer
Volunteer Field Officer - Mid-Vancouver Island

Debbie Bisson
Volunteer Field Officer - Prince George area




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:






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 or 250-385-4232. If you would like more information on becoming a National sponsor please contact the National Office or email

First read the National Office's Award Leader page and then follow the steps below to learn more about becoming and Award Leader in the BC & Yukon Division.

We recommend you download and read over our Electronic Information Package. This package includes a New Group Registration Form which needs to be submitted to the Division Office when registering a new group. 

After registering we will send you a Leader package with additional resources and a sample Record Book. 

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.

Cannot 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.

We also have Field Officers, their information can be found in the Contact Us tab above, 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.

If you ever have questions we are always available to help! You can call or email our Leader Liaison, Elana Illot. Our contact information is also in the Contact Us tab above. 

Here are some additional resources to assist Leaders:

Record Book Supplement:

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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.

Social Media:

Promotional Materials:
Make a Difference Video | Presentation & Presentation Notes | Top 10 Reasons | International Impact Framework 2012

Click on the date below to read our most current newsletter! If you would like to be added to our newsletter distribution please send us an email

Award Beat - Participant Monthly Newsletter

November 2015

October 2015

General Newsletters

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

Alumni Newsletter

September 2015