Introducing the Emerging Leader designation for the 2024 Community Award program

Photo: Stephanie Quon, 2023 Community Award recipient

As we celebrate the first two decades of honouring the citizens who build community in this province, BC Achievement is pleased to announce a new category saluting youth who are leading the way. The Emerging Leader designation – launching in 2024, will be part of the annual Community Award program. 

The mission of BC Achievement is to elevate excellence to inspire achievement. The goal of this new designation will be to recognize and celebrate the strength, courage, and skill of young people who are making a difference in their communities and striving to make BC a better place.  

This distinction will acknowledge the incredible dedication and unwavering efforts of young leaders. It will act as a beacon of motivation for the youth who dedicate their time and energy to making a difference. 

The Emerging Leader designation will nurture a sense of accomplishment and self-worth amongst awardees, supporting the belief that their actions possess the potential to sculpt a positive transformation within their communities. Through this empowerment, a ripple effect transpires – one that resonates far beyond the initial act of service. 

Photo: Baylie McKnight, 2022 Community Award recipient

Often fuelled by a selfless drive, these young changemakers embark on endeavours with little anticipation of recognition. Yet, when bestowed with an award, their commitment receives a well-deserved spotlight, igniting a fire of inspiration within them and inspiring others to follow suit. 

And at a community level the Emerging Leader designation will inspire a culture of giving back, cultivating an ethos where the youth embrace their roles as active contributors to the common good.  

The Emerging Leader designation will be a platform for the next generation of leaders to showcase their skills, share their stories, and inspire change. We are excited to embark on this new initiative.  

The Community Award program provides an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the transformative efforts of individuals who raise the quality and character of their community and, in doing so, inspire others to do the same. BC Achievement is honoured to extend this recognition to the youth of this province. 

Nominations for the Community Award and the Emerging Leader designation open December 1, 2023 at 

BC Achievement: Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change.

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