Commissioner of Yukon congratulates the recipients of the Public Volunteer Service and Bravery awards

Please note that the recipient's description for the Commissioner's Award for Bravery has been updated. 

The Commissioner of Yukon Angélique Bernard announces the 2021 recipients of the Commissioner’s Award for Public Volunteer Service and the Commissioner’s Award for Bravery. The recipients were chosen from nominations submitted to the Commissioner’s Award Advisory Committee.

The Commissioner’s Award for Public Volunteer Service recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to their dedication and commitment.

The Commissioner’s Award for Bravery recognizes someone who has performed an outstanding act of bravery and has responded with great effort and at considerable personal risk in hazardous circumstances to save or safeguard, or attempt to save or safeguard, the life of one or more people.

Recipients receive a pin and a certificate.

The Commissioner’s Award for Bravery

Scott McDougall for his successful river rescue of a person who had slipped into the deep fast current of the Yukon River this summer.

The Commissioner’s Award for Public Volunteer Service

Dieter Gade for all his work with the Junction Arts and Music Society over the last 14 years and for all he does within the Community of Haines Junction over the last 25 years.

Terence Grabowski for all his work over the years with the Whitehorse Legion Branch 254 and for all his work with Veterans in Yukon and across Canada. Terry has also presented many quilts to serving veterans, including being instrumental in three US veterans receiving quilts through Quilts of Valour.

Bev Regier for all her work over the last 18 years with the Yukon Quest. Bev has done everything from working the trails and being President of the Board of Directors to fundraising.

Bill Thomas for his work over the last 14 years advancing the issues of poverty, homelessness, care for and rights of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and senior’ rights. Ellen Thomas will accept the award on behalf of her father who passed away on October 26, 2021.

I am honoured and thrilled to announce this year’s recipients. They demonstrate the wide variety of dedicated volunteers in the Yukon, all of whom are invaluable to so many events and programs. Thank you to everyone who put forward names for nomination.

Commissioner of Yukon Angélique Bernard

Quick facts 
  • The recipients will be presented with their awards in the coming weeks, as the Commissioner’s New Year’s Levee is cancelled this year due to COVID-19.

  • The next intake for nominations is in the spring.


Kerri Scholz
Office of the Commissioner of Yukon

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