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Know an outstanding citizen? Order of B.C. 2023 nominations are open

The province currently is nearing 500 members graced with its highest honour.
The Order of B.C. is awarded to a resident that demonstrates "outstanding achievement, excellence or distinction in a field of endeavour benefiting people in the province or elsewhere."

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond to put others first, and do you believe it's made B.C. a better place to call home?

If yes, government officials wants to meet that person and possibly add them to some elite company of outstanding citizens.

Nominations opened for the Order of British Columbia this week, set to recognize those that have demonstrated achievement, "excellence or distinction in a field of endeavour benefiting people in the province or elsewhere."

The deadline is set for April 11 for those wishing to submit a nomination.

"A nomination....celebrates the contributions of remarkable British Columbians, whose service and inspiring legacies make our province a better place," said Janet Austin, lieutenant governor and chancellor of the Order of B.C., in a news release.

"I encourage you to nominate the best and brightest of British Columbians for this extraordinary honour."

Nearly 500 people are currently with the Order of B.C. after 14 new members earned the insignia in 2022 (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr. Nadine Rena Caron of Prince George
  • Kúkpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir of Kamloops
  • Nezhat Khosrowshahi of Vancouver
  • Kathy Kinloch of Surrey
  • Joy MacPhail, CM, of Vancouver
  • Fred Ting Shek Mah of Vancouver
  • Harinder Mahil of Coquitlam
  • Maureen Maloney, QC, of Victoria
  • Geoff Plant, QC, of Vancouver
  • Christine Sinclair, OC, of Burnaby
  • Paul Spong of Alert Bay
  • Gerald St. Germain, PC, of Langley
  • Jody Wilson-Raybould, PC, QC, of Quathiaski Cove
  • Bruce Munro Wright of Vancouver

Eligible nominees can be current or former B.C. residents that have excelled in the fields of community leadership, business, labour, industry, art, sports, volunteer service, professions and others.

Austin explained applications will be reviewed by an independent advisory council chaired by the chief justice of B.C.

For more information, or to fill out a nomination package, you can visit the Order of B.C.'s page on the province's website.