A recent graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia with a Master of Science in Community Health, Virginia Russell is honoured today for volunteering and working with agencies in northern British Columbia that focus on social justice, indigenous health and women’s issues. A recent initiative to understand why young Aboriginal women from northern locations experience higher rates of cervical cancer has generated valuable knowledge to inform health programming. As well, Virginia has co-ordinated efforts in HIV prevention and management in vulnerable urban populations. The Prince George New Hope Society and the Hospice Society are also beneficiaries of Virginia’s research, workshop presentations and support. It is individuals like Virginia who are the future of this Province.