The Stephenson Award for 2014 goes to Lesley Sleight of the Queen Elizabeth II School in the Isle of Man.
Lesley is probably the outstanding lady leader of independently organised expeditions over the last 25 years. Since 1990 when she was joint leader of the Wey Valley School kayak expedition to the Prince William Sound in Alaska she has led 9 further expeditions, all of which gained YET Approval through its Screening or Evaluation schemes. In addition to Alaska she has led kayak, trekking and fieldwork/conservation expeditions to Arctic Norway (1991) with Portway School, The Murray River and Kangaroo Island in Australia (1997) and three expeditions to Canada (Queen Charlotte Islands 2001, Vancouver Island 2002 and Ontario 2004). Her main love though is for Greenland where she has led kayaking, conservation, trekking and fieldwork expeditions in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Five of these expeditions were with the IOM Duke of Edinburgh’s Award during the time when she was D of E Officer but the Greenland Expeditions were through her present school, Queen Elizabeth II School, Peel. In all cases she has acted in a voluntary capacity.