AWARD PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Community Award celebrates British Columbians who go above and beyond in their dedication and service to others. It honours individuals who devote their time and energy to making their communities more caring, dynamic, beautiful, healthy and inclusive.
Dates to Remember
- December 1, 2022 – Nominations OPEN
- January 31, 2023 – Nominations CLOSE
- May 2023 - Awardees ANNOUNCED
Nominators have the option to start the online form and save it, however, the completed form and all nomination materials by must be submitted by January 31, 2023 @ 11:59 p.m. for the nomination to be considered
Who can nominate
The Award program provides an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the transformative efforts of individuals who raise the quality and character of their community and, in doing so, inspire others to do the same. Any person, group or organization may submit nominations for the Award with exceptions noted below.
British Columbians who have made a significant contribution to their communities are eligible. Their contributions must have taken place in BC either through volunteer or professional work in the areas including but not limited to: arts & culture, business innovation, civic duty & public service, communications & media, education, environment & sustainability, healthcare, information & technology, multiculturalism, philanthropy, sports & recreation, youth or seniors’ leadership.
- Self-nominations or posthumous nominations are not eligible
- Groups of three of more people are not eligible
- Sitting elected federal, provincial or municipal representatives, or members of the judiciary are not eligible
- BC Achievement board members are not eligible for the Award
- Nominations from the nominee’s family members are not eligible (i.e., parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins)
- Incomplete nominations are ineligible for consideration
- Past recipients of the Community Award are not eligible
- Nominations of any individual under the age of 19 must be accompanied by the permission of a parent or guardian
Selection of Awardees
An independent jury of community leaders from throughout British Columbia reviews the nominations and selects the awardees. The decision of the independent jury is final. Nominees are notified only if selected for an award.
Awardees are recognized at a formal ceremony held in Victoria. The Lieutenant Governor and a representative of the BC Achievement Foundation are invited to present the awardees with the BC Achievement medallion and lapel pin designed by renowned First Nations artist Robert Davidson, CM, OBC, along with a commemorative plaque certificate and letter from the Premier of BC recognizing their achievements. In addition, BC Achievement curates an online #shinethelightbc campaign, highlighting each awardee's accomplishments, through its social media platforms with a daily focus on individual awardees.
HOW TO NOMINATE / APPLY
The nominator must complete the online Nomination form and include the following items:
Nominee name & contact information (i.e., street & mailing address, phone number and email. Nominators are encouraged to provide the nominee’s website and social media handles, if applicable)
Biographical Overview of the nominee; it should be an outline/summary of the nominee’s background information as it relates to the nomination (2500 characters including spaces maximum); OR the nominator may submit a copy of the nominee’s resumé
Two support letters for the nominee from other individuals or organizations that describe the value and impact of the nominee’s contributions. Support letters should come from outside the nominee’s immediate family (2500 characters including spaces maximum). Support letters should also be current and written specifically for the Community Award program
Letter from the nominator detailing the contributions of the nominee and reasons for the nomination (2500 characters including spaces maximum)
Nominator name & contact information including the length and duration of the relationship with the nominee
Additional Materials - Optional
- Nominators have the option to submit additional materials such as newspaper articles, video or recorded testimonials, additional written support letters, links to YouTube videos, photos, website links, etc. A maximum of five items (10 pages total and five minutes of video) will be accepted. All materials must be submitted electronically.
UPDATING A NOMINATION
Nominations are valid for three years including the first year of nomination and two subsequent years. Nominators are strongly encouraged to update their nomination package for consideration by the following year's selection committee if their nominee was not recognized in the previous year’s Awardee cohort.
To update your nomination package, please send the following items as an email attachment:
- A one-page document (2500 characters maximum) in pdf format highlighting the nominee’s contributions to their community this past year. Please include any updates to the nominee and/or nominator’s contact information
- Up to 5 additional materials. Please indicate which additional materials from last year’s submission you would like to replace (we are happy to send you the nomination package submitted last year for your immediate reference)
NOTE: All updates should be sent by email to [email protected] by Jan 31, 2023 @ 11:59 p.m. Please use subject line: 2023 Community Award UPDATE + nominee’s name
Or - complete a new online nomination form and mention in the updated material that you are submitting a new nomination for the individual you nominated last year.
1. What should be said in the letter from the nominator?
The nominator's letter should be expansive about the contributions of the nominee and explain how the nominee has been an advocate or champion in their work- or volunteer-related endeavours; enriched the lives of others in their community; shown leadership, courage and dedication; become a role model or mentor in their field; demonstrated excellence, innovation and/or creativity.
2. To whom should the nominator's letter and support letters be addressed?
All letters should be addressed to the Selection Committee.
3. What should a support letter contain?
A support letter should indicate: the relationship between the writer and the nominee and the length of the relationship; details about the nominator’s knowledge of the nominee’s contribution and their impact on the community. Review the Nomination Guide & Tips for other suggestions.
4. Can more than two support letters be submitted?
Other support letters may be submitted as 'additional materials'. A maximum of five items i.e. additional materials (10 pages total and five minutes of video) will be accepted. These five items may also include biography, curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, video or recorded testimonials, links to YouTube videos, photos etc.
5. Are congratulatory letters from other programs accepted in the nomination package?
Other congratulatory letters may be included as additional material.
6. Is a nomination package considered for more than one year?
Submitted nomination packages begin a three-year program any may be reviewed by up to three juries. Nominators are given the opportunity to update their nomination each year prior to review by the selection committee.
7. Are contributions that occur outside of British Columbia recognized?
The Community Award is designed for contributions made in British Columbia. The nominator should focus on the nominee's work in the province rather than outside the province.
8. Should the nominator tell the nominee about the nomination?
Generally, the nominee is not told of the nomination though in some cases it happens when the nominator requires biographical information, for example, from the nominee.
9. When are awardees notified and where are the names of the awardees published?
Awardees are notified in March. Their names are published on BC Achievement’s website and social media channels in May.
10. Is it possible to nominate a group or organization?
These awards are designed to recognize individuals or two-person partnerships. Nominations of groups (3+ people) are not eligible.
MITCHELL AWARD OF DISTINCTION
Named in honour of Keith Mitchell, QC, past Chair of the Foundation, and its guiding light for over 13 years, the award recognizes leadership that empowers others to engage. Recipients of the Mitchell Award are:
- 2022 Dr. Faisal Khosa
- 2021 Amber Anderson, C.C.C.
- 2020 Dom Bautista
- 2019 Ellen Woodsworth
- 2018 Kim van der Woerd
- 2017 George Laverock