Medal nominations open

Province seeks to recognize community-minded citizens with newly issued medal

  • Aug. 20, 2015 8:00 a.m.

The Province heralded B.C. Day by unveiling its new Medal of Good Citizenship, but you can still nominate a deserving honouree through Sept. 25.

The front of the Medal of Good Citizenship features the shield of the province. On the back, a stylized version of B.C.’s floral emblem, the Pacific dogwood, and the words, ‘Generosity, Service and Selflessness’ are engraved to honour the kindness and generous acts of recipients.

“This year and going forward, good citizens whose actions are making a difference in their communities will have the opportunity to be officially recognized by the Province,” said Shirley Bond, selection committee chair and Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “The B.C. Day long weekend is the perfect time for British Columbians to think about those people in their communities who exemplify good citizenship with acts of generosity and service and consider nominating them for this provincial medal.”

Nominations for the medal close Sept. 25, and details on how to nominate individuals can be found at: www.gov.bc.ca/medalofgoodcitizenship.

The Medal of Good Citizenship will recognize individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness, and outstanding contribution to community life.

“This medal will honour our most community-minded citizens: the people working in non-profits, volunteering their free time and continuously striving to make their community a better place,” said Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Asia Pacific Strategy and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism.

The Province relies on citizens to recommend these altruistic individuals for recognition throughout the province.

There is no age limit. Nominators are encouraged to identify inspiring youth in their community who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to society.