The Representative for Children and Youth’s annual awards recognize and encourage excellence in British Columbia’s child- and youth-serving systems. Individuals and organizations whose work contributes to improving the lives of children and youth in B.C. are honoured and acknowledged.
Photo: Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. and Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond with the recipients of the 2013 Representative’s Awards of Excellence)
The nominee for Advocacy is a tireless supporter that speaks for children, youth and their families, and advocates for positive change. The nominee is a champion in ensuring the voice and views of young people are heard and their rights and interests are upheld.
Rick Moore and his family have worked and sacrificed for years in order to help all children with learning disabilities, going all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. He is the recipient of the Representative's Award of Excellence in Advocacy for 2013.
Cultural Heritage and Diversity
The nominee for the Cultural Heritage and Diversity Award is an organization that recognizes, supports and builds on a unique sense of place, culture, language and community while preparing a better path for children.
For many years, Nella Nelson has been a leader working on behalf of Aboriginal children and youth to recognize, support and build a sense of place, culture, caring and community. She is the 2013 recipient of the Representative's Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage and Diversity.
The nominee for the Innovative Services is an organization that delivers services in a new, innovative and effective manner. The organization is administering a program that leads to better and more beneficial program outcomes and is a model of professional excellence.
Career Path is a unique program that provides training and employment to high-risk youth. The brainchild of MCFD youth probation officer Kim Marcotte and Ann Alexander, Program Director of Justice programs at Plea, Career Path was one of two projects recognized with the 2013 Representative's Award of Excellence for Innovative Services.
The Burnaby School District developed this program in 2010 to support refugee/immigrant students who are overwhelmed by the settlement process and may have experienced trauma. It was one of two projects that received a Representative's Award of Excellence for Innovative Services for 2013.
The nominees for Youth Leadership are individuals between 12 and 24 years of age, whose leadership and innovation has made a positive contribution to the youth community, who has set and reached personal goals and who has contributed time and energy to benefiting or improving their community.
In the 2012/13 school year, 479 high school-age Red Cross youth facilitators helped to keep 14,340 children and youth across B.C. safe from bullying in their schools and communities. These student leaders undergo two days of rigorous training and build their own workshops for Grade 6/7 classroom discussions based on the program outline. These youth facilitators are the 2013 recipients of the Representative's Award of Excellence for Youth Leadership.
The nominee for Service Provision is an organization that demonstrates exceptional commitment, creativity and dedication in work that makes a difference in the lives of children, youth and their families.
Under the direction of CEO Steve Arnett, the Nanaimo Youth Association (NYSA) provides free programs and services, directly related to community needs as expressed by those who live in the area. This includes a youth employment centre, a supported-living program for young adults, counselling support, Bladerunner job preparation courses and a one-stop drop-in centre, which includes an innovative music program and nutritious meals. Steve is this year's recipient of the Representative's Award of Excellence for Service Provider.
Lifetime Achievement is awarded to a seasoned individual who has made significant and lasting positive change in the lives of vulnerable children and youth in B.C. This individual is dedicated to raising public awareness around issues that affect vulnerable children and youth, and is both advocate and leader-- a true Champion for Children and Youth.
In 1995, at the age of 42, Charles "Chuck" Fraser took a leap of faith to pursue his passion of becoming a social worker. Since then he has worked on empowering people, giving them voice, and building communities of strength. Chuck and his wife, Tina, have also fostered 75 children over the past 28 years. He is the 2013 recipient of the Representative's Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement.