The Lieutenant-Governor's Medal was established in 1979 by the Ministry of Advanced Education. The Medal is awarded to full time students to recognize excellence in vocational and career programs two years or less and has now been expanded to include two-year diploma programs, as well as four-year undergraduate programs. Eligible recipients include British Columbia residents, out-of-province and international students in good standing enrolled in their last year of studies who will graduate during the academic year.
Also new, students will be now nominated for demonstrating outstanding contributions in support of inclusion, democracy and/or reconciliation on campus or in their community. Nominations will be submitted to the Financial Aid and Awards Office by the deadline. The recipient will then be chosen by the Scholarship and Awards Committee and presented at the graduation ceremony.
Demonstration of one or more of the criteria will be required to identify an award recipient.
Students must be nominated for one or more of the following criteria:
Inclusion and Diversity are sources of strength and at the heart of the success of B.C. communities.
This award criterion recognizes students who have promoted diversity and inclusion on campus or in their community. Students must demonstrate strong collaboration and unifying efforts, through the promotion and display of tolerance, and respect for others. Institutions may wish to consider the significance, impact and outcome of a student’s contribution, and the personal example set by the student, when making nominations under this category.
- A student may be recognized for their work in building community through the organization and coordination of events, activities or services, that contribute to a more welcoming and supportive environment on campus,
- A student may be recognized for their work organizing a community response to an act of intolerance.
This criterion recognizes students who have strengthened democracy through civic engagement or the advancement of human rights. Students must demonstrate recognition of the fundamental rights and dignity of all persons at a local, national or global level. Institutions may wish to consider the significance, impact and outcome of a student’s contribution, and the personal example set by the student, when making nominations under this category.
It is important to note that the Lieutenant Governor’s medal program for Inclusion, Democracy, and Reconciliation is a non-partisan award. Activities directly tied to or coordinated by a political party or movement are not considered grounds for nomination.
- A student may be recognized for their contribution to student governance or promoting social change and public discourse on campus, in their community or online.
- A student may be recognized who has supported, advocated or empowered minority rights and/or the most vulnerable in society such as those with mental health or addiction challenges, the homeless, new immigrant youth or refugees.
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada urgently called Canadians to take action to transform society by establishing a renewed relationship with indigenous peoples.
This criterion recognizes students who have answered this call to Reconciliation and are undertaking important efforts to heal their communities.
Institutions may wish to consider the significance, impact and outcome of a student’s contribution, and the personal example set by the student, when making nominations under this category.
- A student may be recognized for their collaboration with a local Indigenous community to start a for-profit business where proceeds support programming for indigenous women.
- A student may be recognized for teaching indigenous ways of knowing and doing (an indigenous language, law, dance, or another custom) to other students.
In granting this award, institutions may also give consideration to students who have overcome significant personal challenges and/or may be members of historically disadvantaged groups that face sociocultural barriers to full participation in B.C. society. For example, single mothers, members of the LGBTQ+ and two-spirit students, or students with refugee status.
To nominate a student, please complete the nomination form and return to the Financial Aid and Awards office by April 15, 2019