Nominations are being accepted for the Order of British Columbia, the Province’s highest honour, for individuals who have served with great distinction or excelled in any field.
British Columbians are encouraged to consider and nominate inspiring individuals who have left a lasting legacy in their respective fields. The Order of British Columbia is one way of rewarding and recognizing those British Columbians whose extraordinary contributions and achievements have contributed to a better quality of life in the province and beyond.
“As the Province’s highest honour, the Order of British Columbia recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of our citizens,” said Judith Guichon, B.C.’s lieutenant-governor and chancellor of the Order of British Columbia. “I encourage you to nominate those individuals in your community whose leadership, dedication and extraordinary accomplishments strengthen the integrity of our province and contribute to a better future for all.”
Since the Order of British Columbia was established in 1989, the Province has recognized 418 British Columbians from a variety of sectors including the business, volunteer, arts and sporting communities. Previous recipients include:
- Baljit Sethi, advocate for immigrants and for equality. (2011)
- Ellen White, social activist and medicine woman. (2011)
- Balwant Sanghera, well-respected multicultural advocate, and a bridge builder between communities and generations. (2004)
- Dr. Felix Durity is a neurosurgeon and humanitarian who has dedicated his life to seeking out the best possible neurosurgical care for the people of British Columbia. (2005)
- Milton Wong has long been a leader in business, volunteer service, health research, culture and sports, and a key fundraiser for the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Science World and the YMCA (2003)
- Paul Lacerte, advocate for the betterment of Aboriginal people for more than 25 years. (2014)
- Marjorie White, a pioneering community builder who changed the framework of supports for Aboriginal peoples leaving reserves. (2016)
- Bryan Adams composer, producer and vocalist, has become B.C.’s musical ambassador to the world. (1990)
- Diana Krall, jazz vocalist and pianist. (2000)
- Roy Quock Quon Mah was among the first Chinese-Canadians to volunteer to fight for Canada in the Second World War. (2003)
An independent advisory council, chaired by the chief justice of British Columbia, will consider nominations. All nominations must be submitted to the Honours and Awards Secretariat office in Victoria by Monday, April 16, 2018, to be considered this year. Nominations received after this will be processed for 2019. Successful nominees will be appointed to the order at a special ceremony at Government House in Victoria.
As well as the Order of B.C., people may nominate individuals for the Province’s other honour, the Medal of Good Citizenship. The medal recognizes citizens for their exceptional long-term service, and contributions to their communities, without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life. Nominations are accepted year round.