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Awards + Bursaries

Vivian Robinson Award

Biannually, the Vancouver Island Emergency Preparedness Conference Society (VIEPCS) provides one individual with a conference award package. The award is named in memory of Vivian Robinson, a valuable contributor to the Capital Regional District emergency preparedness programs, who passed away on December 31, 2004. During her life, Vivian  volunteered with ground search and rescue, personal disaster assistance, the Salvation Army, and she was the Deputy Emergency Social Services Director for Saanich. She set an example with her commitment to community and willingness to continually challenge herself.


The package, valued at over $500, includes:

  • Vancouver Island Emergency Preparedness Conference Registration (includes breakfast and lunch)

  • Transportation to the conference; and

  • Accommodation.



Award applicants must be nominated by an organization providing Vancouver Island based not-for-profit emergency services. Organizations can nominate up to two volunteers.


Vivian Robinson Award nominees should be volunteers who have continually challenged themselves during a minimum of two years in one or more of the following emergency preparedness areas: 

  • Search and Rescue (SAR)

  • Communications/Amateur Radio

  • Emergency Social Services (ESS)

  • Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) Air

  • Road Rescue

  • Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP)

  • Canadian Red Cross

  • St. John Ambulance

  • Salvation Army; or

  • Any other emergency services-related non-governmental organization.



The award submission deadline is February 15, 2020. Mail submissions must be postmarked by that date.



Please complete the Online Application Form or download a paper copy here.

Bev Stenning Excellence in Emergency Management Memorial Award

In recognition of Bev Stenning’s outstanding contribution to service and leadership, the Capital Region Emergency Awareness Network (CREAN) has established the Bev Stenning Excellence in Emergency Management Memorial Award to support emergency management students at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). 


Bev's passion for teaching led her to the JIBC and Red Cross, often travelling across BC delivering workshops as an instructor.  She has an incredible legacy in the field of Emergency Management and is an inspiration to all.



Annually, one award of $1,000.


  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status

  • Student must be enrolled and in good standing in the Emergency Management Certificate or  the Emergency and Security Management Diploma or Degree programs.

  • Student must demonstrate financial need not met by other available sources of funding including student loans, grants, sponsorship, work income, etc.

  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate leadership in school and/or community activities, or volunteerism.



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