As the youngest person ever to be awarded the Order of British Columbia, Jeneece Edroff is known to many on Vancouver Island as “the Penny Girl” for her outstanding efforts at fundraising and her spirit of generosity.
Affected with the rare genetic condition Neuro-fibro-ma-tosis since birth, she has undergone many surgeries to straighten and strengthen her spine, and surgery to repair a hole in her heart. With her enthusiastic and encouraging spirit, she thrives on helping others, despite her difficult medical condition.
At age seven, Ms. Edroff decided to raise funds to “give back” to the charity that had assisted her family financially for her medical expenses. She spearheaded a penny drive for the Variety The Children’s Charity. Over the years, Ms. Edroff has raised 1.5 million dollars for children in B.C.
Ms. Edroff has also been involved in fundraising for the Easter Seal’s 24-hour Relay, the B.C. Neuro-fibro-ma-tosis Foundation, BC Children’s Radiothon for the Kids, Cops for Cancer and is an Junior rider in the Tour de Rock.
In 2009 Ms. Edroff partnered with the Queen Alexandra Foundation and TELUS to realize her dream of building a “home away from home” in Victoria for families travelling to the capital for paediatric medical treatments or appointments.
Ms. Edroff was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 2006. She is also the recipient of the B.C. Community Achievement Award, the Victoria Community Youth Leadership Award, the Saanich Youth Award and the Colleen Wood Award for fundraising.