The Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Award


Gordon Smith YES Award

Gordon Smith was dedicated to serving people and the environment and was one of the finest people many of us ever met. He was passionate about stream and wetland stewardship and very active in conservation projects in Aldergrove and Delta.

To inspire others to follow his path, his friends, family and colleagues at Metro Vancouver Regional Parks initiated the “Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Award”. This endowment fund provides an annual award to youth for their contribution to hands-on conservation in the region. Supported by private donors, the fund is administered through the Pacific Parklands Foundation.

Young people, aged 12-18 living in the Metro Vancouver Region who demonstrate passion and involvement in environmental conservation and stewardship may be nominated for this award. Those of us who knew Gordon or had the opportunity to work with him are content in the knowledge that he would be pleased to see his passion and inspiration being passed on to the youth of the Region through this award.


Nominations are currently being reviewed and all candidates will be contacted soon.

Each year nominations are invited for the Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Award, which provides a bursary for youth age 12-18 who have contributed to environmental stewardship through their volunteer efforts. The recipients demonstrate leadership in conservation and inspire other young people to get involved in environmental work.

Until April 29th, 2022, we invite you to nominate an amazing youth for the Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Award. This year, both a $1,000 and $500 bursary will be awarded.

Two letters of reference/support should be submitted along with a completed nomination form.

Click Here to nominate a youth for the Gordon Smith Yes Award

2021 Winner - Berntina Hambly

Berntina HamblyBerntina Hambly, from Centennial Secondary’s Environmental Studies Academy was nominated by her teacher, Hayley Melvin, for her commitment to and passion to advocate both for her fellow students and for the natural world: “I truly believe she is going to make a great positive impact in environmental education.”

Berntina’s nomination and award are well earned; Berntina is a hardworking, active campaigner for stewardship and sustainability with ample experience as a Young Environmental Steward.  

As a member of climate change club, she worked to plant trees, participated shoreline clean ups, tended a community garden, and undertook stewardship and restoration efforts.

As a leader of the Salmon Club at her school, Berntina cared for and protected local salmon populations, working at a hatchery alongside staff and members of the DFO. She volunteered to organize and facilitate many events and hands-on-activities at both Mossom Creek Fish Hatchery, and Hyde Creek Hatchery, where she worked teaching children, the public, and her peers about salmon life cycles and the importance of salmon in our ecosystem. Her efforts have had a huge impact, spreading awareness and educating community members on the importance of salmon.

Working through the difficult conditions of completing her senior year of high school during the height of a global pandemic, Berntina continued to work to keep her local Salmon Club and other sustainability activities going. Her dedication and hard work are evident in everything she does.

Berntina’s future is bright. She plans to follow her passion for research and teaching into a career in the sciences, particularly biology and environmental science. This fall she embarks on a new step in her journey as she begins post-secondary Biology studies. As Diether Malakoff, of the Coquitlam Teachers’ Association and sponsor of the Salmon Club explains, “Berntina will be contributing to her community and making the world a better place for years to come. [We] look forward to hearing of the great things that Berntina will do in the future.”


2020: Brandon Munday, Patrick Beattie
2019: Jason Pang, Griffin Andersen
2018: Graeme Chung, Brennan Strandberg-Salmon
2017: Miranda Andersen
2016: Denise Lee
2015: Michele Walter
2014: Soohyun Kim
2013: Saskia Vaisey
2012: Cynthia Bhourji and Miranda Wang
2011: Edward Ngai, Madeleine Barois and Lauren Wright
2010: Blair Moro
2009: Annie Hsu
2008: Angie Ramey
2007: Corey Bunnell
2006: Greg von Euw
2005: Yan Zhao
2004: Naomi Bollman

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