Nominations are now open for the Order of British Columbia, the Province’s highest honour for individuals who have served with great distinction or excelled in any field.
British Columbians are encouraged to consider and nominate inspiring individuals who have left a lasting legacy in their respective fields. The Order of British Columbia is one way of rewarding and recognizing those British Columbians whose extraordinary contributions and achievements have contributed to a better quality of life in the province and beyond.
“As the Province’s highest honour the Order of British Columbia represents generosity of spirit, dedication and outstanding achievement,” said Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor and Chancellor of the Order of British Columbia. “I encourage everyone to reflect on those in their community whose leadership, hard work and extraordinary accomplishments serve to strengthen the integrity of our province and to recognize these individuals by nominating them as a member of the Order of British Columbia.”
Since the Order of British Columbia was established in 1989, the Province has recognized 386 British Columbians from a variety of sectors including the business, volunteer, arts and sporting communities. Previous recipients include:
- Baljit Sethi, advocate for immigrants and for equality (2011)
- Dr. Robert Thirsk, astronaut, mechanical engineer and physician (2012)
- George Bowering, First Poet Laureate of Canada and historian (2004)
- Ellen White, social activist and medicine woman (2011)
- Diana Krall, jazz vocalist and pianist (2000)
- Trevor Linden, NHL hockey player and humanitarian (2003)
“Receiving the O.B.C. was a pivotal moment in my and my family’s life,” said Lorne Segal, president of Kingswood Properties Ltd., founding chair of We Day Vancouver and 2014 inductee to the Order. “However, it comes with a price tag – the implicit requirement to continue giving back and hopefully, inspire others to do the same. It has motivated me to do more, try harder and I wear it with great pride!”
An independent advisory council, chaired by the chief justice of British Columbia, will consider nominations. Successful nominees will be appointed to the Order at a special ceremony at Government House in Victoria.
Any B.C. citizen can submit a nomination. More information, nomination forms and submission instructions are available online (www.orderofbc.gov.bc.ca), by email (email@example.com), or by telephone (250 387-1616). All nominations must be submitted to the Honours and Awards Secretariat office in Victoria by Friday, March 4, 2016.