The 2008 Representative for Children and Youth Awards of Excellence recognized recipients for their commitment to and focus on improving the lives of vulnerable children. Four British Columbians and two B.C. organizations were honoured for their excellence and exceptional efforts benefiting children and youth around the province.

Award recipients for 2008 are:
Advocacy Award of Excellence:
Mr. Fred Ford, Victoria
Cultural Heritage and Diversity Award of Excellence:
Mr. Peter Thomas McKay, New Aiyansh
Innovative Services Award of Excellence:
Fir Square Combined Care Program at BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre, Vancouver
Service Provider Award of Excellence:
The After Hours Program (Team Members) Ministry of Children and Family Development, Fraser Region
Youth Leadership Award of Excellence:
Ms. Bacilia “Cia” Ramirez, Vancouver
Life-time Achievement Award of Excellence:
Dr. Lois Jean Hlady, Vancouver

 “I am so very pleased to turn the spotlight on these champions through our Awards of Excellence. These individuals and organizations were nominated by their peers, families and others that see their incredible work every day. Too often, those working to ensure children’s well-being are unsung heroes. We are honored to be part of celebrating their achievements.”

~ Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth