Monday January 18, 2021 | VICTORIA, BC
by Kiley Verbowski | Island Social Trends
So many British Columbians have demonstrated excellence in the past year, and the time has come once again to nominate those superheroes for the Order of British Columbia, the province’s highest honour.
The annual top award honours British Columbians who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, excellence or distinction in a field that benefits people in the province or elsewhere.
British Columbians are encouraged to nominate inspiring individuals who have left a lasting legacy in their respective fields. Fields of endeavour may include community leadership, business, labour, industry, art, sports, volunteer service, professions and other occupations.
Exemplifying the best of BC:
“Every year, we have the opportunity to recognize British Columbians whose legacies improve our lives, lift our spirits and support our communities,” said Janet Austin, B.C.’s lieutenant governor, who is responsible for the Order of British Columbia. “I encourage you to nominate those exceptional individuals who exemplify the best of British Columbia.”
Nominations will be reviewed by an independent advisory council, chaired by the chief justice of British Columbia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nomination deadline for the Order of British Columbia has been extended to April 9, 2021. Nominations must be received by the Honours and Awards Secretariat by this date to be considered for 2021.
Established in 1989 by statute, the Order of British Columbia represents the highest form of recognition that the Province can extend to its citizens.
The Medal of Good Citizenship:
In addition to the Order of BC (OBC), 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.
Criteria for OBC nomination:
Any resident of BC or former long-term resident who has demonstrated province-wide is eligible to be nominated.
Federal, provincial and municipal elected representatives are not eligible for appointment to the order while they remain in office.
A person may not be appointed to the order posthumously.
Any citizen can participate by nominating persons whom they feel are worthy of this honour.
Appointments will be made by the lieutenant governor in council on the recommendation of the advisory council, an independent council chaired by the chief justice of British Columbia. The head of the order is the lieutenant governor of B.C.
Last year’s recipients were honoured virtually, with an in-person celebration that due to the COVID pandemic was delayed until sometime this year.