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Posted: January 8, 2023

Nominate an exceptional citizen for B.C.’s highest honour

Nominations are being accepted for the Order of British Columbia, the province’s highest honour.

British Columbians who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, excellence or distinction in a field of endeavour benefiting people in the province or elsewhere are eligible for nomination. The Order of British Columbia is one way of acknowledging those British Columbians whose extraordinary contributions and achievements have benefited B.C. and beyond.

Since its inception in 1989, 489 British Columbians have been appointed to the order.

“A nomination for the Order of British Columbia celebrates the contributions of remarkable British Columbians, whose service and inspiring legacies make our province a better place,” said Janet Austin, B.C.’s lieutenant governor and chancellor of the Order of British Columbia. “I encourage you to nominate the best and brightest of British Columbians for this extraordinary honour.”

Nominations will be reviewed by an independent advisory council chaired by the chief justice of British Columbia. Nominations must be received by the Honours and Awards Secretariat by Tuesday, April 11, to be considered for 2023.

“It’s important to celebrate and recognize individuals who are making a profound difference in the lives of British Columbians,” said Premier David Eby. “If you know someone who is deserving of the province’s highest honour, nominate them today.”

In addition to 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 service and contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life. Nominations for the Medal of Good Citizenship are accepted year-round.

Anyone can nominate a person whom they feel is worthy of this acknowledgment and honour. Appointments will be made by the lieutenant governor in council on the recommendation of the advisory council, which is an independent council chaired by the chief justice of British Columbia. The head of the order is the lieutenant governor of B.C.


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