Canadian Honours System

Her Honour with recipients of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on January 5, 2017.

On behalf of the Governor General, the Lieutenant Governor presents awards and honours under the Canadian Honours System to deserving British Columbians. These Orders, Decorations and Medals recognize outstanding citizens who have demonstrated excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service in ways that bring special credit to British Columbia and the nation. Recipients of awards under the Canadian Honours System must ensure the insignia is worn in accordance with the rules established by the Chancellery of Honours.

Orders

Orders recognize notable accomplishments and remarkable service. The centrepiece of the Canadian Honours System is the Order of Canada. It was established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to Canada. Since its creation, over 675 British Columbians have received the Order of Canada. Other Orders under the Canadian Honours System include the Order of Merit; the Order of Military Merit; the Order of Merit of the Police Forces; the Royal Victorian Order, and the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.

Order of British Columbia

While provincial orders are not part of the Canadian Honours System, they have precedence in the Canadian Order of Precedence of Orders, Decorations and Medals. As the Chancellor of the Order of British Columbia, the Lieutenant Governor presents the Order annually to a small group of deserving individuals. The Order of British Columbia is the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens. It was established in 1989 to recognize people who serve with great distinction and excel in any field of endeavour which benefits the people of British Columbia or brings special credit to the Province. To date, over 330 British Columbians have been invested into the Order of British Columbia.

Decorations

Normally presented at Rideau Hall by the Governor General, Decorations recognize various degrees of bravery, professionalism and exceptional devotion to duty. They are divided into three categories: Military Valour Decorations, Decorations for Bravery and Meritorious Service Decorations. Over 490 British Columbians have received Decorations.

Medals

Medals are a tangible way to acknowledge general service carried out with distinction by Canadians; to commemorate special occasions; to celebrate important anniversaries; or to recognize long-term exemplary service. The Lieutenant Governor regularly presents Exemplary, Long Service and Commemorative Medals to British Columbians.

Vice-Regal and Commissioners’ Commendation

Created in 1999, the Vice-Regal Commendation and Commissioners’ Commendation is presented by the Governor General, the Lieutenant-Governors of the Provinces and the Commissioners of the Territories respectively for long-term or outstanding service to the Office of the Queen’s representative or Territorial Commissioner.

The recipients have either served on staff (paid or volunteer) during an incumbent’s mandate in a commendable fashion; or the recipient has performed one or more outstanding acts as a member of the incumbent’s staff (paid or volunteer) that has benefited the Office of the Queen’s representative or Territorial Commissioner.

British Columbia Recipients

2018

Aleksander Kornat

2018

Colin Smith

2018

Rudi Hoenson

2017

David Valentine

2017

Nelles Shackleton

2017

Evelyne Lacey

2017

Patrick Doherty

2016

Gordon Murray

2016

Peggy Dallamore

2016

Marion Mallory

2015

Jan Bryce

2012

Mr. Michael O’Connor, QC

2012

Jerymy Brownridge

2012

Heidi Elliott

2012

Gwendoline Gold

2014

Ajay Singh

2014

Catherine Spencer

2014

Susan Erling-Tyrell

2015

Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Sherwin, CD, AdeC

2015

Nairn Hollott

2015

Carol Dancer

2015

Mary Cake

2015

Alex Muir

2012

Lieutenant (N) James Webb, CD, AdeC

2012

Commissioner J. Jack Patten, CStJ, CD, AdeC

2012

Mr. Robert (Bob) Blacker

2010

Eric Charman, CM, OBC

2009

Herb Leroy

2007

Brian Rogers

2007

Nigel Godfrey

2006

Elaine Currie

2005

Audrey Smith

2004

Alison Leamy

2003

Phoebe Noble

2001

George Radford

2000

Captain David Price, AdeC

1999

Colonel Philip (Pip) Holmes, DFC, KCLJ, CD, AdeC

1999

Mr. John Ruitenbeek

1999

John Mager

1999

J. Michael Roberts, LVO