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First Mitch Couriard Award goes to Duke of Edinburgh leader (23)

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THE first annual award of a plaque in memory of an Islander who dedicated much of his life to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme was presented this week.

The Mitch Couriard Memorial Award for 2017 was awarded to Elysia Parmesan, who recently completed her Gold DoE award and has been a leader in the Jersey voluntary service since 2011.

Mr Couriard, who passed away in October 2015, was well known for his service in the St Helier honorary police, as well as his work with the Jersey Youth Service and as a manager for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Jersey committee chairman Mike Entwistle said that the plaque award reflected Mr Couriard's ethos of service to the community.

Miss Parmesan (23), who first became involved with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme in 2006, said that it was 'amazing' to have received the inaugural reward.

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