Each year Oak Bay recognizes the accomplishments of students in Grades 6 through 10, who live or attend school in Oak Bay and have overcome obstacles to achieve their goals. A panel selects a handful of Young Exceptional Star Awards.
Coun. Hazel Braithwaite created the YES Awards during her first term on council as a way to recognize youth, bring in business to help with that recognition through an event and physical award, and invite the seniors' group leadership to remind them of good works by youth in the community. The goal is to emphasize a variety of talents, efforts and character beyond athletics and academics.
This year, the 16th annual YES Awards were issued to 14 students in front of family and supporters in the David Foster Foundation Theatre at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.