British Columbia's communities are shaped by the people who live in them, and especially by contributions of extraordinary individuals.
The British Columbia Community Achievement Awards celebrate British Columbians who go above and beyond in their dedication and service to others and who devote time and energy to making their communities more caring, dynamic, beautiful, healthy, and unique. They inspire by their example.
The British Columbia Community Achievement Awards are presented by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, a foundation established in 2003 by the province of British Columbia to celebrate excellence in community service, enterprise, arts and humanities.
Nomination deadline: November 15, 2012
Who is eligible for these awards?
Any current or former long-term resident of British Columbia is eligible for nomination. The only exceptions are Members of Parliament or Members of the Legislative Assembly, past or present and members of the Judiciary. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.
Who do these awards honour?
These awards will honour people who have made a significant contribution to their community through a unique achievement or outstanding service – either as a volunteer or in the course of their work – in any area that provides a benefit to the community, such as sports and recreation, arts and culture, environment, multiculturalism, environment, healthcare, education, civic duty, business innovation, community volunteerism, and youth or seniors' leadership. However, neither the nominations nor the awards are limited to these suggested categories.
Why should I nominate someone for a British Columbia Community Achievement Award?
This award is a way to provincially acknowledge a community member who has contributed significantly to his or her community.
How do I nominate someone for this award?
Complete the nomination form and submit it with:
- A letter describing the contributions of the nominee
- A brief personal history of the nominee
- Two letters of support for the BC Community Achievement award nomination from individuals or organizations that describe the value and impact of the nominee's contributions to his/her community.
Nominations will remain confidential between the nominator and the Awards program.
Can I nominate myself for the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards?
Generally speaking, this award is for people in a community to nominate others in their community who have made a significant contribution.
Is my nomination considered for more than one year?
Yes, your nomination will be considered for three years. If your nominee is not successful in the first year, you may also provide in the following two years updated information for the nomination. An update would take the form of a letter from the nominator providing updated information. The letter must be received in our offices by November 15th.
How are the recipients of the awards selected?
An independent group of community leaders will review the nominations and select the recipients of these Awards. The Advisory Council will be made up of community leaders from throughout British Columbia. In their evaluation, this Advisory Council will consider the impact of the individual's contribution as well as factors such as community impact, commitment and length of service.
What must the completed nomination package include?
1. Completed nomination form
2. Three letters: (maximum 500 words each)
* A letter from the nominator giving the reasons for nomination
* Two letters of support for the BC Community Achievement award nomination from other individuals or organizations that describe the value and impact of the contributions of the individual.
3. Brief biographical sketch of the nominee as it relates to the nomination.
4. Optional: up to five pages of additional material about your nominee.
What do the Awards recipients receive?
A formal ceremony to recognize the winners of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards will be held in Spring, 2013. At this ceremony, the recipients will be presented with the British Columbia Community Achievement Medallion.
Send your completed nomination to:
British Columbia Community Achievement Awards
6209 Angus Drive
Vancouver, BC V6M 3P2
More details and F.A.Q. are available on the British Columbia Achievement Foundation website.
British Columbia Achievement Foundation
T. 604.261.9777 | Toll Free 866.882.6088 (in BC)