We want to hear from you

Do you know a budding environmentalist with a penchant for volunteerism and stewardship? If so, we’d like to hear from you!  Another year has flown by and we’re now accepting nominations for the 2018 Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Award.


Who was Gordon Smith?

Gordon Smith was an active community member with a passion for stream and wetland conservation.  As a strong proponent of environmental stewardship, it’s no surprise that he spent most of his time working on local conservation projects.

After he passed away in 2001, his friends and colleagues created an endowment fund to continue his legacy.  Today, this fund has provided over $7,500 in bursaries and continues to recognize outstanding youth each year.


About the Award

Every year we call for nominations for the Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Award.  The purpose of the award is to recognize the work of young environmentalists who are making a difference in the field of conservation and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.  Successful candidates receive a $500 bursary to support future studies in an environmental field.

Miranda Andersen poses with her 2017 Gordon Smith Youth Stewardship Award alongside Joe Hargitt (Executive Director, PPF) and Wendy DaDalt (Division Manager, Parks East Area)


How can I make a Nomination?

Nomination forms can be found here.  Please fill out the form, attach two letters of support and send them to the following address.

Pacific Parklands Foundation

21st Floor – 4730 Kingsway

Burnaby, BC V5H 0C6

OR e-mail us at

*The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 23rd, 2018.


What are the Requirements?

Recipients must be 19 years or younger and must demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship through their volunteer efforts.  Recipients must also intend to pursue a related field of study.

Not sure if your nominee qualifies?  We’d still like to hear from you – let us know why your nominee should be recognized for their commitment to conservation.


Feeling Inspired?

Do you want to leave a legacy that benefits the environmental leaders of tomorrow?  You too can create your own scholarship fund through an endowment.  For more information contact Joe at or 604-451-6168.

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