Recap: Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Info Session

Stacey Lee CPA CA, Chapter Secretary and Chair of the Community Outreach Committee, welcoming guests to the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Information Session held at CPABC on October 23, 2018.

The CPABC Vancouver Chapter and CPABC partnered with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – BC & Yukon Division to host an information session on October 23, 2018 at the CPABC office at Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver.  Over 55 people attended this event including CPA members, Duke of Ed board members, and 20 young people interested in being part of the program.

The Duke of Ed offers a self-development leadership framework open to young people aged 14 to 24, regardless of background, circumstances or abilities.  Participants develop and achieve goals in four activity areas: skill development, volunteering, physical activity, and an adventurous journey in nature.

Stacey Lee CPA CA, CPABC Vancouver Chapter Secretary and Community Outreach Chair provided opening remarks and welcomed guests (see photo above).  She was followed by Sarah Tanaka CPA CA, a partner at KPMG and Silver Award alumnus, who shared her experience when she was in the program.   Matthew Chiang, a grade 11 student at Stratford Hall IB School and current Gold level participant, followed and he shared his experiences including his recent trip to Victoria to receive the Silver Level Award from The Honourable Janet Austin, the Lieutenant Governor of BC, at the May 2018 ceremony at Government House.

Sarah Tanaka CPA CA (Silver Award alumnus), JA Pankiw-Petty (president of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – BC & Yukon Division), and Matthew Chiang (Silver Award alumnus and current Gold Award participant).  Photo by CPABC.

He was followed by Chris Richardson FCPA FCA, a parent of a Gold Award alumnus, who spoke about the value of volunteering and giving back to the community.  Chris is the perfect example.  He volunteers as an auxiliary police officer with the City of Vancouver, continues to serves on several not for profit organization boards and was also an elected trustee of the Vancouver School Board.    The final speaker was John-Andrew Pankiw-Petty, President of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – BC & Yukon Division, who spoke about the program and invited attendees to find out more by speaking with Lindsay Brookes, the division’s manager of philanthropy, who was also in attendance.

Chris Richardson FCPA FCA speaking on the importance of volunteerism.  Photo by CPABC.

Lindsay Brookes, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – BC & Yukon Division’s Manager of Philanthropy, and a co-host for the evening’s event.

CPABC aims to connect these young people through various social and volunteering events hosted by CPABC.  To be part of this initiative, contact David Chiang CPA CA for more information. CPABC will identify several opportunities throughout the year to connect participants with other like minded individuals.  And, the CPABC Vancouver Chapter looks forward to sponsoring some of these future opportunities and wishes all participants success as they progress through the Duke of Ed program.


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