The annual awards took place for the first time at the 2009 Christmas Party. The awards recognise the achievements of members in training, education and promoting responsible dog ownership. The annual awards also included the presentation of the William Dickens Memorial Trophy for Member Of The Year, the trusts highest award. The 2009 Member Of The Year was Mrs. B. Candler-Smith. A full list of the Annual Awards recipients is published below. The annual awards are about recognising and rewarding the personal development and education of those who take part in trust activities.