Her Honour profiles the accomplishments of British Columbians through prestigious award programs that carry the name of the lieutenant governor. Administered by independent organizations, these awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for each organization. There are currently 14 awards that are presented in the name of the lieutenant governor.
In 2003, the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines were established by the Government House Foundation to recognize and honour excellence in the province’s growing wine industry. To be eligible for the competition, wines must be made from 100% grapes and grown and processed within British Columbia. The Lieutenant Governor visits the winning wineries and presents the awards each summer. These awards are supported by the Government House Foundation.
The list of winners for each year is available here
The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was established in 2003 by the Government House Foundation and is administered by BC Book Prizes. The Award recognizes British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. www.bcbookprizes.ca
The Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety were created in 2005 in partnership with the British Columbia Safety Authority to recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of safety in British Columbia. www.safetyauthority.ca
The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence is presented annually to recognize excellence in engineering projects in British Columbia. The Award is administered by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia. www.acec-bc.ca
The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture were established in 1990 in partnership with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). The Awards recognize recently completed architectural projects led or designed by AIBC members. Short-listed entries are considered for one of two award levels, ‘Medal’ or ‘Merit’ and are judged on how they reflect excellence in architectural design and practice. www.aibc.ca
The Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal for Excellence in Public Administration was established in 1987 in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. This award is presented annually to a BC public servant who has demonstrated exceptional achievement and distinctive leadership in public administration. The award pays tribute to public sector practitioners whose careers exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment. www.ipac.ca
The Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal was established in partnership with the University of Victoria in 1994. The Silver Medal is awarded for outstanding work by a graduate student in a master’s program. www.uvic.ca
The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing was established in 1984 in partnership with the British Columbia Historical Federation. It is awarded annually for the best book about an aspect of British Columbia history. www.bchistory.ca
The Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Literacy Award is presented to a student at each of the Regional Heritage Fairs put on by the British Columbia Heritage Fairs Society. The Award is presented to a student who demonstrates exemplary writing skills in a short story that engages the historical imagination. The story must be original work, based on a real person, place, time or event involving Canadians or Canada. The story may be presented in English or French at any grade level. http://www.bcheritagefairs.ca/
The Lieutenant Governor’s Polo Cup has been played for at the Victoria Polo Club since 1984. The trophy was a gift from former Lieutenant Governor Clarence Wallace. http://www.victoriapolo.com
Established in 1979 by the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal is awarded to students in vocational or career programs less than two years long who have excelled in their studies and who have contributed to the life of their post-secondary institution or their community. Recipients are chosen by the institution they attend. https://studentaidbc.ca/explore/grants-scholarships/lieutenant-governors-medal
The Lieutenant Governor’s Trophy was established in 1967 in partnership with Maple Bay Yacht Club. The trophy is awarded annually to the overall winner of the Club’s Labour Day Regatta. www.mbyc.bc.ca
Established in 1961 in partnership with Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, the Lieutenant Governor’s Handicap is a horse race run annually on July 1st. The one and one-eighth mile race is open to three year olds and up and has a purse of $100,000. www.hastingspark.com
The Lieutenant Governor’s Prize was established in 1874 in partnership with the British Columbia Rifle Association. It is awarded annually at the British Columbia Target Rifle and F-Class Championship. The Lieutenant Governor’s Prize is the most prestigious win in the individual matches. www.bcrifle.org