B.C. issues new medals

The provincial government is celebrating B.C. Day by unveiling its new Medal of Good Citizenship.

The provincial government has unveiled a new medal recognizing good citizenship.

The provincial government has unveiled a new medal recognizing good citizenship.

The provincial government is celebrating B.C. Day by unveiling its new Medal of Good Citizenship.

The medal features B.C.’s shield, floral emblem and the words, ‘Generosity, Service and Selflessness’. British Columbians are now urged to consider good citizens making a difference in their communities and nominate them for this new honour.

The front of the Medal of Good Citizenship features the shield of the province. On the back, a stylized version of B.C.’s floral emblem, the Pacific dogwood, and the words, ‘Generosity, Service and Selflessness’ are engraved to honour the kindness and generous acts of recipients.

“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 Shirley Bond, selection committee chairperson and jobs minister.

“The B.C. Day long weekend is the perfect time for British Columbians to think about those people in their communities who exemplify good citizenship with acts of generosity and service and consider nominating them for this provincial medal.”

Nominations for the medal close Sept. 25, and details on how to nominate individuals can be found at: www.gov.bc.ca/medalofgoodcitizenship

The Medal of Good Citizenship will recognize individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness, and outstanding contribution to community life.

“The design of the medal was carefully considered and includes important elements that hold historical, geographical and cultural significance for British Columbia,” said Teresa Wat, minister of international trade.

“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.”

The province relies on citizens to recommend individuals for recognition throughout the province. There is no age limit. Nominators are encouraged to identify inspiring youth in their community who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to society.