Information on the BC Community Achievement Awards

The 2017 BC Community Achievement Awards will be launched in the Fall of 2016. Please check back or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on the launch. Thank you to all of those who nominated for the 2016 awards!

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at or 604-261-9777.


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.

Who is eligible for these awards?

Any current or former long-term resident of British Columbia is eligible for nomination. Federal or provincial elected representatives are not eligible for nominations while they hold office. 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?

Email the nomination information and supporting material to or download 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 January 15th, 2016.

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, 2016. At this ceremony, the recipients will be presented with the British Columbia Community Achievement Medallion.


1. What should be said in a letter of nomination?
The letter of nomination should be expansive about the contributions of the nominee; the importance of the contributions, the length of time that the nominee has contributed and how important the contribution is to the community. Be expansive. Explain the benefits of the nominee’s contributions. The advisory panel who will judge the nominations require as much knowledge as possible in order to make its decisions.

2. To whom should nomination and support letters to be addressed?
Your letters may be addressed to the BC Achievement Foundation.

3. What should the support letters contain, ideally?
Support letters should indicate the relationship between the writer and the nominee and the length of the relationship. Full details about the support letter writer’s knowledge of the nominee’s contribution should be included as well as the writer’s view on the impact of the contribution.

4. May we send more than two letters of support?
Yes, you may send in more than two letters of support. Beyond the requested two support letters, you may send up to five additional pages (or letters) of information.

5. Do support letters need to be sent in separately or as part of the nomination package?
Either is possible, whatever is convenient for the nominator. If the letters arrive separately from the nomination form, please be sure that they are clearly marked as to the nominee’s name.

6. Can the nomination form be completed by hand or would you prefer that it's typed?
The nomination form may be completed by hand or typed.

7. Can a nominee’s contribution occur outside of British Columbia?
The BC Community Achievement Awards are designed for contributions made in British Columbia

8. What is a ‘community’?
A community is considered a geographic or organizational community.

9. My nominee has received congratulatory letters over the years. Can these letters be included?
You may include the letters but they may not serve as your letters of support. Letters of support must be current and relate to the nomination to the BC Community Achievement Awards.

10. May I nominate myself?
No, this award is not designed for self nomination. The award is designed for other members of the community to nominate a deserving individual.

11. Would I tell the person that I want to nominate them?
Generally, the individual is not told of the nomination though in some cases it happens when the nominee requires biographical information, for example, from the nominee.

12. Must I include all the contact information requested on the nomination form?
Yes, please include all contact info. Should your nominee be selected for an award, it’s important to have accurate contact information in order for the BC Achievement Foundation to contact the individual.

13. How do I update information for a nominee from previous years?
Please email your updated information to noting the nominee and nominator’s names.

For further information, please contact:
British Columbia Achievement Foundation

Send your completed nomination to:
British Columbia Community Achievement Awards
4276 Musqueam Drive
Vancouver, BC
V6N 3R7

British Columbia Achievement Foundation
T. 604.261.9777 | Toll Free 866.882.6088 (in BC)
F. 778.379.0511