2023 COMMUNITY AWARD
NOMINATIONS OPEN

2022 Awardee, Dr. Tracey Thorne, Gabriola Island

AWARD PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Community Award program 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, resilient and inclusive.

WHY 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.

DOWNLOAD THE 2023 NOMINATION GUIDE & TIPS

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • December 1 – Nominations OPEN
  • January 31 – Nominations CLOSE
  • Spring 2023 – Awardees ANNOUNCED 

Nominators may start the online form, save it, then return to complete and submit it by the closing date. The completed form and all nomination materials must be by submitted by January 31 @ 11:59 p.m. for the nomination to be considered.

WHO CAN NOMINATE

Any person, group or organization may submit nominations for the award with exceptions noted below:

  • Current members of the selection committee, or members of the selection committee’s immediate family may not submit a nomination
  • BC Achievement board members may not submit a nomination

ELIGIBILITY

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 & Seniors' Leadership

The following nominations are not eligible:

  • Self-nominations
  • Posthumous nominations
  • Past recipients of the Community Award
  • BC Achievement board members
  • Groups of three of more people
  • Sitting elected federal, provincial or municipal representatives, or members of the judiciary
  • Nominations made by family members (i.e., parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins)
  • Incomplete nominations

Note: Nominations of any individual under the age of 19 must be accompanied by the permission of a parent or guardian

SELECTION OF AWARD RECIPIENTS 

An independent jury of community leaders from throughout British Columbia reviews the nominations and selects the awardeesThe decision of the independent jury is final. Nominees are notified only if selected for an award.

RECOGNITION OF AWARD RECIPIENTS

Awardees are recognized at a formal ceremony held in Victoria at Government House. 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, OC, OBC, along with a commemorative plaque certificate and letter from the Premier of BC recognizing their achievements.

Rescission of an Awardee's Recognition

HOW TO NOMINATE / APPLY

The nominator must complete the online Nomination form and include the following:

Nominator name & contact information and statement about the length and duration of the relationship with the nominee (1000 max characters incl. spaces or approx. 175 words)

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)

Nominator Letter detailing the contributions of the nominee and reasons for the nomination (2500 max characters incl. spaces or approx. 450 words)

Two support letters from two separate individuals other than the nominator (2500 max characters incl. spaces or approx. 450 words per letter) and the writer's contact information

Support letters should:

  • Be written by individuals who are able to speak about the impact of the nominee’s achievements from first-hand experience
  • Come from outside the nominee’s immediate family (e.g., colleagues, civic or other community members)
  • Be current and written specifically for the award program
  • Include the writer’s name, organization, address, phone and email

All letters should be addressed to the "Selection Committee”

DOWNLOAD THE 2023 NOMINATION GUIDE for tips on writing  a compelling nominator / support letter

Additional Materials – Optional, but strongly recommended

  • Nominators have the option to submit materials such as biographical overview, curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, video or recorded testimonials, additional 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
  • Note: each link submitted is considered one additional material

Selection committee members are asked to review up to a maximum of 10 pages total and five minutes of video – anything beyond that may not be reviewed.

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 a nomination:

  • Scroll down to the nomination form on the award program page on the website
  • Review the eligibility criteria, then select “I agree that the nominee meets the eligibility criteria”
  • Select ‘yes’ for the question “Is this an update to a previous nomination?”
  • Select the year the nomination was first submitted
  • In the box provided, list what information is being updated or replaced (i.e., nominee contact info, new support letters, additional materials, updated nominator letter)

All updates should be submitted by January 31 @ 11:59 PM

We are happy to send the documents previously submitted for your nominee. Please email [email protected] to make your request.

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.

DOWNLOAD THE 2023 NOMINATION GUIDE & TIPS

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 
Nominations Open:
December 1
Nominations Close:
January 31

Awardees Announced:
Spring 2023

Honouring excellence and inspiring achievement in community service and leadership

The Community Award recognizes the contributions of extraordinary British Columbians who build better, stronger, more resilient communities and shine as examples of dedication and service.  BC Achievement is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2023 Community Award program are now open. Read full press release here. 

Nominations are invited 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.  

Information about the eligibility criteria and how to nominate is provided in the tabs (windows) above. Click on the tabs to learn more.

Scroll down to view the 2023 Nomination Form

It is strongly recommended the nominator review the content provided in the tabs above and the 2023 Nomination Guide before beginning the process.

 Click here to download the 2023 Nomination Guide & Tips

All of us have a mission in life, for some of my friends it is changing the world through serving the homeless; for some, it is feeding the hungry and for some, it is giving voice to those traditionally marginalized and underrepresented. My fellow recipients are endowed with both vision and courage which gives me confidence that solutions to hunger, homelessness, and inequality will no longer be an elusive dream.

Dr. Faisal Khosa, 2022 Mitchell Award Recipient

Find out how you can support this program and learn more about awardees in your community. Register now to receive our monthly e-newsletter.

Instructions for Completing the Online Nomination Form

Nomination Form

  • Don’t have the required documentation right now? Fill in your contact information and scroll down to Click the “Save and Continue” button to come back to this form at a later date.

  • For example: I'm attaching one/two new support letters. I'm providing two additional materials. I'm providing a new nominee mailing address (100 max characters including spaces or approximately 25 words).
  • Nominator Information

  • The person/organization submitting the nomination.
  • Nominator and nominee should not be from the same family (1000 max characters including spaces or approximately 175 words).
  • Nominee Information

  • (if applicable)
  • (if applicable)
  • (if applicable)
  • (if applicable)
  • (if applicable)
  • (if applicable)
  • (if applicable)
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf, txt, rtf, doc, docx, rtf, Max. file size: 5 MB.
      Please provide a letter from the nominator detailing the contributions of the nominee and reasons for the nomination (2500 max characters including spaces or approximately 450 words).
    • Support Letters

      Please include two signed support letters from two separate individuals or organizations, other than the nominator.

      Support letters should:

      • Be written by individuals who are able to speak about the impact of their achievements from first-hand experience

      • Come from outside the nominee’s immediate family (e.g., colleagues, fellow volunteers, civic or other community members)

      • Be current and written specifically for the Community Award program

      • Include the writer's name, organization, address, phone and email.

    • Drop files here or
      Accepted file types: pdf, txt, rtf, doc, docx, Max. file size: 15 MB, Max. files: 1.
        Please provide a support letter from someone other than the nominator, that describes the value and impact of the nominee’s contributions (2500 character maximum per letter or approximately 450 words).
      • Drop files here or
        Accepted file types: pdf, txt, rtf, doc, docx, Max. file size: 15 MB, Max. files: 1.
          Please provide a support letter from someone other than the nominator, that describes the value and impact of the nominee’s contributions (2500 character maximum per letter or approximately 450 words).
        • Additional Materials - Optional, but strongly recommended.

          Submission of additional materials  such as  a  newspaper articles, video or recorded testimonials,  additional written support letters, links to YouTube videos, photos, website links etc., is optional.  A maximum of five items will be accepted.(Jury will review up to 10 pages total and five minutes of video.)  Note: each link submitted is considered one additional material. 

        • Drop files here or
          Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, Max. file size: 128 MB, Max. files: 5.
          • Complete Your Nomination

          • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

          Thank you to our 2023 Community Award Supporters

          Community Partners