New medal will honour B.C. citizens who do good deeds

The Province heralded B.C. Day by unveiling its new Medal of Good Citizenship

New medal will honour B.C. citizens who do good deeds.

New medal will honour B.C. citizens who do good deeds.

The Province heralded B.C. Day by unveiling its new Medal of Good Citizenship.

The medal features British Columbia’s shield, floral emblem and the words, ‘Generosity, Service and Selflessness’. British Columbians are now urged to consider good citizens making a difference in their communities and nominate them for this new honour.

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 on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, 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.

“The design of the medal was carefully considered and includes important elements that hold historical, geographical and cultural significance for British Columbia,” said Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Asia Pacific Strategy and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism. “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.”

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.

Nominations are accepted year-round; the closing date is the last Friday in September. Nominations received after this date will be considered the following year. All nominations will undergo a public nomination process and be reviewed for accuracy to ensure all required criteria have been met. An independent Selection Committee will review all nominations and  make recommendations on the selection of recipients. There is no age requirement for nominations – youth nominations are welcome.

To learn more about the design of the Medal of Good Citizenship,

see: www.gov.bc.ca/medalofgoodcitizenship/the-medal