Honours & Awards
Each year, the Lieutenant Governor presents honours and awards to deserving British Columbians in a wide range of fields. Accomplishment and excellence are publicly acknowledged in areas such as literature, public safety, engineering, public administration, academics and volunteerism. In addition, outstanding British Columbians who have made significant contributions to the province are celebrated with national and provincial honours and awards.
Honours and Awards that recognize outstanding community service, achievement and volunteerism include, but not limited to, those listed below. Click on the honour or award title if you would like to learn more, including eligibility criteria.
The Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country. There three levels in the Order:
- Companion (C.C.) – recognizes national pre-eminence or international service or achievement;
- Officer (O.C.) – recognizes national service or achievement; and
- Member (C.M.) – recognizes outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity.
Established in 1888 by Queen Victoria, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem is a working order of charitably minded men and women whose philanthropy is expressed principally through its two foundations, the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and St. John Ambulance. The Order was brought into the Canadian Honours System in 1990. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Order’s Sovereign and the Governor General is its Prior in Canada.
Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) are given to recognize remarkable contributions in many different fields of endeavour, from advocacy initiatives and health care services, to research and humanitarian efforts. Past recipients have tackled poverty in their community, improved education opportunities for children in Canada and abroad, or raised awareness of important causes and issues. There are two levels:
- Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C)
- Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M)
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award
Recognizes the exceptional contributions of volunteers, local businesses and innovative not-for-profit organizations in improving the well-being of families and their communities, and to highlight best practices in community leadership and encourage partnerships across sectors.
The Order of British Columbia recognize those persons who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of the Province or elsewhere. The Order represents the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens.
The B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship was launched in 2015 by the Government of British Columbia to recognize individuals who have acted in a particularly generous, kind or selfless manner for the common good without expectation of reward. The medal reflects their acts of selflessness, generosity, and service to community life.
The British Columbia Community Achievement Awards celebrate British Columbians who go above and beyond in their dedication and service to others and who devote time and energy to making their communities more caring, dynamic, beautiful, healthy, and unique. They inspire by their example.