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 and colleagues have initiated the “Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Award”. This endowment fund provides an annual bursary to a student for his/her contribution to conservation in the region.
To continue Gordon’s legacy, a group of his colleagues and friends came together after his death to create the Gordon Smith Environmental Youth Endowment Fund. Supported by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, the Parks Partnership and private donors the fund is administered through the Pacific Parklands Foundation.
The award is open to any youth in the Region who has shown a passion for involvement in the environment and who intends to pursue post-secondary education in an environmental field. 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.
Each year nominations are invited for the Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Fund which provides a $500 bursary for a student 19 years of age or under who has contributed to environmental stewardship through their volunteer efforts. The recipient will have shown leadership in conservation inspiring other youth and intends to pursue a related field of study. Two letters of reference/support should be submitted with the nomination form.
Brandon, a grade 12 student at Brookswood Secondary School in Langley was nominated by Nicole Marples, Executive Director of Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS). Nicole noted that Brandon consistently volunteered in conservation and restoration efforts, with his family when young, and now commits time on his own to the community and working to becoming a future innovator.
He has been involved with invasive plant removal and hands-on stewardship with LEPS for five years and volunteered as a Campbell Valley Nature House host last year. Brandon participates with his family in Langley Community Farm Market stewardship efforts including delivering stewardship-based workshop fundraisers to benefit local non-profits.
He has taken the initiative to develop himself as a leader and mentor among his peers not only in school but with other youth of all ages in the community. He has organized and led in research projects, citizen science and is also the point person for many youth initiatives.
Brandon plans to capitalize on his mathematical talents at University this fall and eventually pursue chemical engineering with the vision of applying his knowledge to climate change research and solutions.
Patrick is a Grade 12 student at Maplewood Alternative High School in North Vancouver. He is very connected to the marine environment where he lives and spends the summers on the Sunshine Coast. His mother, Jodi, has seen his passion for the environment develop and noted the many hours he spends outdoors collecting waste from his kayak and walking along ocean shorelines. He tracks this ongoing collection with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup program.
His passion for the environment has given him a platform to share his knowledge of the outdoors and action plans with others, even strangers walking the beach. He takes leadership roles at his school to influence environmental change including initiatives for recycling, and reducing energy use and waste. Patrick spent two summers volunteering at the Sunshine Coast Salmon Hatchery on Chapman Creek.
Patrick hopes to attend Capilano University for a year and then enter the BCIT Fish and Wildlife program to eventually work in parks and make a difference through hands-on stewardship, restoration and education.
Brandon Munday, Brookswood Secondary School, Langley (WINNER)
Patrick Beattie, Maplewood Alternative High School, North Vancouver (WINNER)
Aaliyah Banka, Tamanawis Secondary School, Surrey
Alexandra (Alex) Itcush, Heritage Woods Secondary School, Port Moody
Anna Draper, Heritage Woods Secondary School, Port Moody
Miku Yamada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Patricia Ho, University Hill Secondary School, Vancouver
Samantha (Sam) Lin, Prince of Whales Secondary School, Vancouver
Sylvie Son, Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver
Alexandra (Alex) Munday, Walnut Grove Secondary School, Langley
Sofia Slater, University of Waterloo, Waterloo (home Port Moody)
Hannah Lord, Thomas Haney Secondary School, Maple Ridge
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