Nineteen British Columbians will be receiving the Province’s Medal of Good Citizenship for their outstanding community service.
“It is an honour to congratulate these community leaders whose commitment helps strengthen our society,” said Premier John Horgan. “The Medal of Good Citizenship awards recognize these individuals and their remarkable contributions to our communities and our province as a whole.”
Launched in 2015, the Medal of Good Citizenship recognizes individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life.
“Everyone receiving medals today embodies the best qualities of being a British Columbian,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and chair of the medal’s selection committee. “All of us on the selection committee were impressed by the generosity, compassion and sacrifice each and every one of the recipients has demonstrated. Congratulations to all honourees.”
Medal of Good Citizenship recipients come from every corner of the province: from Quathiaski Cove to Queen Charlotte, Nelson to 150 Mile House, North Vancouver to Kelowna and Langford to Port Alberni, demonstrating that B.C. communities are full of people doing good things for the benefit of their communities.
The recipients announced are:
Selen Alpay of Prince George
Alberta (Wadzeed) Billy of Quathiaski Cove
Joan (Bays) Blackhall (posthumous) of Langley
Suzanne Bolton of Vancouver
Edward Dickins of Kelowna
Stephanie Fischer of Nelson
Fran Fowler of Queen Charlotte
Joyce H. Fraser of Princeton
Ronald Allen Greene of Oak Bay
Michael O. Langridge of Saanich
Beth Laur of Langford
Brandon Laur of Langford
Darren Laur of Langford
Peggy Lee of Vancouver
Stan McCarthy of 150 Mile House
Lois Nahirney of North Vancouver
Shawna Narayan of Surrey
Sylvie (Silvakantie) Pather of North Vancouver
Kris Patterson of Port Alberni
This year’s recipients were selected from more than 100 nominations. In addition to the Medal of Good Citizenship, individuals may be nominated for the Province’s other honour, the Order of British Columbia, which recognizes people who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour, benefiting British Columbians and others across Canada and beyond.