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.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines were established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize excellence in the province’s wine industry. The Wine Awards were capped with a visit to the winning wineries, where the Lieutenant Governor presented awards in person, accompanied by the Consular Corps, as part of promoting BC’s wines on an international level.
In 2018, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation, and The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced a new partnership in recognizing the best of British Columbia wines with the creation of the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards.
The British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards replaced the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in B.C. Wine and the B.C. Wine Awards. The new competition is open to all licensed wineries in British Columbia, including fruit wines and mead. Bronze, silver and gold medals are awarded, with the top 1% of medal winners receiveing the Lieutenant Governor’s platinum medal and with one wine receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Best Wine in British Columbia.
More information on the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards can be found at the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society.
Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence
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
Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Public Safety
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
Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence
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
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture
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
Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal for Excellence in Public Administration
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
Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal (University of Victoria)
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
Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing
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
Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Literacy Awards
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/
Lieutenant Governor’s Polo Cup
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
Lieutenant Governor’s Medal
The Lieutenant Governor’s medal program was established in 1979 to recognize students enrolled in vocational and career programs less than two years long at public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. The medal program was created to recognize students who excel in their studies and contribute to the life of their institution or community. For nearly forty years, British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor has awarded the medal to outstanding students who have distinguished themselves through their post-secondary education.
Starting in 2019, eligibility for the Lieutenant Governor’s medal program has been expanded to include students enrolled in all two-year diploma and four-year undergraduate degree programs at public post-secondary institutions in B.C. While academic excellence and community contributions have been the primary focus of the award in years past, institutions are now asked to nominate students who demonstrate outstanding contributions in support of Inclusion, Democracy and/or Reconciliation on campus or in their communities.
More information available here.
Lieutenant Governor’s Trophy
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
Lieutenant Governor’s Handicap
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
Lieutenant Governor’s Prize
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