BC & Yukon - Award Staff

OFFICE STAFF

Sushil Saini

Sushil Saini

Executive Director

Sushil Saini has been working in the non-profit sector for 25 years specializing in communications and development. Before joining The Award in BC, she worked for a number of organizations supporting environmental sustainability, food security, and social justice. A public speaker and writer, she is passionate about the role of  non- profit agencies in developing healthy people and vibrant communities. She has worked and travelled across Canada, India, Thailand, France, and Spain where she walked the 800km Camino de Santiago. When not working, Sushil is a devout bibliophile with a special place in her heart for science fiction, high fantasy, and culinary history. She is also a dedicated gardener and swimmer. She lives in Victoria with her family and her garden.
Nikki Tellem

Nikki Tellem

Manager of Operations & Cadet Liaison

Born in South Africa, Nikki has lived in the Middle East, Europe and the USA, before settling in Victoria, BC. ​She is an avid believer in Youth Empowerment, ​and actively volunteers with Cadets. Nikki is also a member of ​the Air Cadet League of Canada, British Columbia Provincial Committee,​ responsible for Public Relations & Communications. Nikki explores her creative side through art and handwork, while fostering cats, attempting to conquer her TBR ​pile, and raising a teenage son. To complete her bucket list, Nikki hopes to ​achieve a degree, ​experience at least one cruise, ​see the breathtaking Gate​s of Petra, and visit Australia.
Adrian Dhalla

Adrian Dhalla

Program Coordinator, Lower Mainland

Adrian has over 20 years' experience in the areas of marketing, communications, media & public relations, event management, and program coordination. Having previously worked for UBC, Capilano University, and the non-profit Canadian Screen Training Centre, he brings significant education sector knowledge to the Award. In his spare time, Adrian produces original multimedia projects, including illustrated children's e-books and both live action & animated films. After growing up in Nova Scotia, Adrian studied at the University of Toronto, before settling in BC. He also enjoys traveling the globe and has explored six continents, something that helps Adrian relate to students from diverse cultures. He currently lives in suburban Vancouver with his wife and son.
Teresa Lindsay

Teresa Lindsay

Program Coordinator

Teresa Lindsay formerly co-founded a volunteer-run non-profit for impoverished women reentering the workforce, organized openhouse charity events for the homeless, and dedicated four years of her life curating and writing editorial celebrating youth and diverse talent in our community. To schools and universities, she presents on the importance of personal development and the power of giving. Travelling as a program director for cruise lines, Teresa covered five countries and thirty-five cities in less than two years. After, while living in Germany for six months, she travelled to France and Italy, and then completed several overland adventures through central/western USA and the Yukon. In addition to checking off her bucket-list, she is an experienced martial artist, skier, painter, orchid whisperer and highly acclaimed local designer. As our program coordinator, Teresa endeavours to express the value of education in conjunction with personal goal setting; where passion and persistence leads to personal achievement, improving self-confidence, self-awareness, and mental/emotional wellbeing so young people are prepared to pursue their most fulfilling life.
Alex Roberts

Alex Roberts

Program Assistant

Alex is a writer, game designer, and administrative professional of boundless enthusiasm. Her games span digital, tabletop, and live-action formats, focusing on collaborative, open-ended player creativity. This work has taken her across Canada and the US, Central America, and even to Finland, where she was Ropecon's Guest of Honor in 2018. Nothing makes her happier than watching players' faces light up when they learn something new about themselves through play. She also loves walking in the woods, oolong tea, and riding her 50cc Yamaha Vino on a sunny day. Alex is a newcomer to Victoria, having lived in Ottawa for the past decade. She is enjoying the fresh air and greenery.

FIELD OFFICERS

Craig McCulloch

Craig McCulloch

Lower Mainland Field Officer & Alumni Liaison

Craig achieved both his Silver and Gold levels of the Award while attending Burnaby North Secondary School in suburban Vancouver. Craig has been active with the Award since the late 1980's, as a participant, achiever, alumnus, Board Member and now Field Officer. Outside of his work with the Award, he enjoys a career in broadcast journalism.  Freelancing for the likes of National Public Radio (NPR), The Voice of America (VOA), KPLU Radio, Joytv, and others, he has met and/or interviewed some of the biggest names of the 20th and 21st Century. In the past he has also contributed to NBC/Mutual Radio, The Christian Science Monitor, CPAC, Independent and National Native News, amongst others

DIVISION VOLUNTEERS

Don Moore

Don Moore

Division Volunteer

Don Moore is a retired postal carrier of more than 35 years, who has dedicated most of his life to volunteerism. He volunteers for 89 (Pacific) Royal Canadian Air Cadets as Past President, the Air Cadet League of Canada British Columbia Provincial Committee as Area League Representative, the Strawberry Vale Community Centre in fundraising initiatives and continues his 40 year dedication to National Little League as Coach and runs the Junior Executive Board. Don has been volunteer​ing for our BC & Yukon office for ​three years.