Search icon.

Catching the Spirit Youth Society

Youth Leadership through Outdoor Experience


Gordon Smith was dedicated to serving people and the environment and was one of the finest people many of us ever met. He was passionate about stream and wetland stewardship and very active in conservation projects in Aldergrove and Delta.

To inspire others to follow his path, his friends and colleagues have initiated the “Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Award”. This endowment fund provides an annual bursary to a student for his/her contribution to conservation in the region.

To continue Gordon’s legacy, a group of his colleagues and friends came together after his death to create the Gordon Smith Environmental Youth Endowment Fund. Supported by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, the Parks Partnership and private donors the fund is administered through the Pacific Parklands Foundation.

The fund allows a modest bursary in Gordon’s name to be awarded each year at the annual Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Celebrating Partnerships event which is normally held in March. The award is open to any youth in the Region who has shown a passion for involvement in the environment and who intends to pursue post-secondary education in an environmental field. Those of us who knew Gordon or had the opportunity to work with him are content in the knowledge that he would be pleased to see his passion and inspiration being passed on to the youth of the Region through this award.


Each year nominations are invited for the Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Fund which provides a $500 bursary for a student 19 years of age or under who has contributed to environmental stewardship through their volunteer efforts. The recipient will have shown leadership in conservation inspiring other youth and intends to pursue a related field of study. Two letters of reference/support should be submitted with the nomination form.

Please submit this nomination by Friday, February 23rd, 2018 to:

Attn: Pacific Parklands Foundation
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
4730 Kingsway, 21st Floor
Burnaby, BC V5H 0C6 Canada

Or e-mail us
For more information call 604-451-6168