Executive Council Office

Youth Directory

2017 Outstanding Youth Achievement Award recipients

Elizabeth Boyd

Elizabeth Boyd

Elizabeth, 18, was recognized for her exceptional devotion as a volunteer firefighter with the Mount Lorne Volunteer Fire Department (MLVFD). She is also heavily involved with the local 4-H Club and Junior Rangers program. In her last years as a Junior Ranger, she helped instruct younger members of the group. At the age of 16 she joined the MLVFD as an “Explorer Firefighter”. When she turned 18, she became a full-fledged volunteer firefighter. As a member of the MLVFD, she attends practices regularly and takes part in community events. She is always ready to step up for demonstrations and activities, and is always volunteering with fundraising events such as litter clean-up, the Mis-Adventure Run and information booths. On top of that she has trained and done exceptionally well representing Yukon at the Regional Fire Fit Competitions held in Langley, BC. She excelled as a participant of the Ember Academy in 2015 - a week-long program sponsored by the Fire Marshall’s Office to help encourage women to join the fire service. Since then, she has earned her basic Level for firefighters, and is working on her advanced Level. In August, she will be an integral part of the team of instructors at the Ember Academy. Elizabeth is not afraid of taking on new challenges such as learning new skills required for being a volunteer firefighter.


Jack Royle

Jack Royle

Jack, 17, was recognized for his willingness to help others and his involvement with many Vanier Catholic Secondary School and Whitehorse community initiatives. He began helping in the soup kitchen beside his mother at the age of six. He also helps assemble the snack packs that the soup kitchen distributes. He has volunteered for every food drive the Catholic Schools of Whitehorse has organized. He has also been an active member of Vanier’s Social Justice Club. Thanks to his dedication, Jack was awarded with the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rendezvous Rotary club in 2016 for his outstanding community service. He was also recognized by the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Society as the Youth Volunteer of the Year in 2016. He was given many organizing and coordinating tasks by the Rendezvous committee. Jack was a founding member of Vanier’s Gay-Straight alliance. He is an outspoken advocate for acceptance of all people, regardless of their religion, sexual orientation, or gender. He has been awarded the Christian Witness and Service award multiple times. Jack is an outstanding citizen at Vanier Catholic Secondary School and an outstanding member of the Whitehorse Sacred Heart Parish and the city in general. Jack is a leader and is outspoken in defending those who have difficult circumstances.


Jetta Bilsky

Jetta Bilsky

Jetta, 16, was recognized for being an outstanding role model, volunteer, and an active member of the sport community. Jetta works hard to excel, while still being kind, polite, dependable, and loving. She was one of the first volunteers with the Whitehorse General Hospital’s volunteer program. She was instrumental in the development of the volunteer program through piloting the activities, processes and policies involved with the program’s implementation. Jetta is proud of the work she does, working and volunteering as needed. She sees this as valuable experience for her career aspirations as a physician. Jetta is also part of a team of volunteers who prepare and serve food to those in need at the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen. Important aspects of this volunteer role include; organization, working as a team, compassion, and friendliness. Jetta is also a youth basketball referee for high school aged 12 to 17. She was chosen to play for the Yukon women’s basketball team at the Western Canada Games and at the Arctic Winter Games. Jetta has excelled in the sport, winning several awards such as; Most Dedicated, Most Improved and Most Valuable player. She is currently completing her silver level Duke of Edinburgh Award. Jetta contributes to the betterment of Whitehorse, local citizens, and Yukon in general.


Katie Vowk

Katie Vowk

Katie, 17, was recognized as an exemplary mentor to young skiers and swimmers with the local Alpine Ski Association and Synchro Yukon for the past five years. She has shown them how to be a team and takes the time to explain the value that they bring to the team dynamic. After competing at a high level within synchronized swimming, Katie returned to the sport as a coach with the 6 to 9 year old girls in the pool twice a week and leading them to their final water show each spring. Katie has also volunteered with the training of Special Olympic World athletes. She has received multiple awards for outstanding athleticism and achievements in sports such as: Government of Yukon Minister Award, Government of Yukon Award of Achievement, Government of Yukon Award of Recognition and Award of Excellence. The awards presented to her are for her achievements in Alpine Ski racing at two Arctic Winter Games and one Canada Winter Games. Katie competed at the Canadian Nationals in pair’s synchronized swimming after eight years of being a member of Synchro Yukon. She received one MVP for volleyball and was a top three scorer in her rugby season. Katie brings warmth, laughter and personality along with her sincerity when she works, volunteers and interacts within the community and especially with the youth in the sporting community.