Kris Olsen receives an award today for his work with youth in Haida Gwaii. A special education assistant at Queen Charlotte Secondary School, Kris has arranged successful grant applications for new courses that are geared towards increasing student employment opportunities. As well, Kris has formalized the operation of the local teen centre that provides teens with a safe and welcoming venue in which to spend their free time. He has made an important contribution in bringing the youth together from the scattered communities of the Islands thus breaking down barriers that have developed over the centuries. Kris coaches a variety of sports and fundraises to ensure the youth can participate. It is Kris’s heartfelt rapport with the youth that underlies the success of his actions.