Born in Cranbrook and growing up on Vancouver Island, Drew Milne explored the great outdoors whenever he got the chance. …Milne, the recipient of the 2021 Conservation Officer of the Year award, did not become a conservation officer (CO) right away. Instead, he followed his family tradition into military service, joining the Canadian Armed Forces right out of high school. …Reflecting on his passion for the outdoors, a natural resource management degree at Vancouver Island University soon followed. …he joined the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) seasonal program in 2008. …Milne then joined the B.C. Government Environmental Assessment Office (EAO)… Milne was later promoted to inspector of the South Coast region, which is his current position. The region includes the Lower Mainland and Sea-to-Sky corridor, which is a busy area for public engagement.