Since 1999, Dr. Jay Yule has had a profound impact on education, engagement and economic development in Powell River. Inspired by his own childhood experiences as a student who required extra learning support, Dr. Yule’s innovative approach has been a platform for progress. Programs for Aboriginal youth under his direction have led to improved graduation rates and he’s helped create pathways to academic success for all students. Dr. Yule has championed the needs of unique learners with creative initiatives and strong partnerships between Vancouver Island University and the Powell River School District. He has built numerous relationships and led the Powell River Regional Economic Development Society to ensure a sustainable future for his community.