Generosity, service and passion are the trifecta of characteristics that will be rewarded this fall with the newly announced Medal of Good Citizenship.
The B.C. government will be rewarding Good Samaritans with the medal that recognizes people who have made outstanding contributions to their communities without an expectation of remuneration or rewards.
“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 selection committee chair Shirley Bond — who is the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skill Training; and Minister Responsible for Labour — in a recent press release.
The Medal of Good Citizenship aims to honour people who make outstanding contributions to their community’s life through acts of selflessness or service.
It will feature the B.C. shield, which was originally granted by King Edward VII in 1906, on the front and there will be a stylized version of B.C.’s floral emblem, the Pacific dogwood and the words, “Generosity, Service and Selflessness” engraved onto the back of each recipient’s prize.
“The design of the medal was carefully considered and includes important elements that hold historical, geographical and cultural significance for B.C.,” said Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Asia Pacific Strategy and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism in a recent press release. “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.”
While applications are expected to be collected throughout the year, the deadline to submit nominations for this year’s medal will be closed online on Friday, September 25th. Afterward, the nominations will be put through a public nomination process and reviewed for accuracy to ensure all criteria have been met before an independent selection committee to review and make recommendations.
There are no age restrictions for nominations being made from the community.
To make a nomination, visit www.gov.bc.ca/medalofgoodcitizenship.