Just a few weeks ago, three of BC Achievement’s award programs closed their respective call for nominations with participation from nominators across BC. The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art closed its call for nominations on July 7 followed by the Indigenous Business Award on July 10, and the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design followed a few days later on July 14. To put it simply, those of you who made submissions, have been BUSY!
It is these busy nominators we’d like to salute. Without your hard work – taking the time to put forth a nomination, completing the online form, requesting and gathering letters of support – these achievements would not be recognized, shared or celebrated.
“I cannot say enough about how grateful I am to those who do nominate – for all BC Achievement’s programs. And I thank them. We need these champions who take the time to tell these stories of excellence and nominate worthy individuals and organizations…I also think that all British Columbians are pretty damn special – and need to be recognized! It is one of the hardest things to acknowledge when you’ve accomplished something notable, yet it is so important. We need to collectively blow our horns to lift up our communities. The momentum created will then take on a life of its own!” says Sophie Pierre, OC, OBC, BC Achievement Board Member.
It’s important to elevate excellence through nominations for award programs – it raises awareness of the powerful things happening in our communities and sets the path for innovation, change and leadership. Nominating an individual, artists, organizations or businesses for an award, showcases their creative initiative, their dedicated commitment to their practice, their tenacity and their excellence in their chosen field. Nominating is a great way to demonstrate respect and gratitude for someone who achieves excellence in their endeavours and whose story can inspire others through this recognition.
What are the benefits of a successful nomination to an awardee? Most importantly, it helps raise the profile of the awardee and the community they serve. It reinforces that the awardee is on the right path, and it helps validate all the efforts they’ve put into their chosen field as being worthwhile. A successful nomination also helps share experiences with others in the field, creating role models and establishing platforms for change while bringing people together over common interests and passions.
By recognizing the accomplishments of our province’s entrepreneurs, artists, community leaders, youth and volunteers, BC Achievement’s award programs pay tribute to exceptional people, doing exceptional work. Recognition serves as a tool that can contribute to growth and development of individuals, communities and organizations throughout the province.
Sophie adds, “Recognizing those who rise to the top will allow others to learn from each other and adopt each other’s best practices. We tend to shy away from recognition, but it is so important as communities learn and see the benefits that come from the good work within their own communities.”
Thank you to the nominators, the champions, who put in the time to support the work of the leaders, volunteers, makers, organizers, and doers. This province is a better place to live because of your efforts and we thank you for leading the way!
To learn more about the programs BC Achievement offers, check out www.bcachievement.com
BC Achievement: Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change.