VICTORIA, B.C. – Nominations are now being accepted for the province’s highest honour, the Order of British Columbia.

“British Columbians who demonstrated outstanding achievement, excellence or distinction in a field of endeavour benefiting people in the province or elsewhere” are eligible to be nominated, according to a release.

Residents are encouraged to nominate an inspiring person who has left a lasting legacy in their field. The Order of British Columbia is a way to recognize those individuals who contribute to British Columbia and beyond.

Since its start in 1989, 475 British Columbians have been appointed to the order.

“A nomination for the Order of British Columbia is a wonderful way to recognize the best and brightest individuals in B.C. It’s a way to thank and celebrate them for their service and mark their legacy and contributions in making our province a better place,” said Janet Austin, B.C.’s lieutenant governor and chancellor of the Order of British Columbia. “If you know someone who has made a positive impact in our province, I encourage you to nominate them.”

An independent council will review submissions, chaired by the chief justice of British Columbia. The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, April 4th, to be considered for a 2022 award.

“In these challenging times, it is more important than ever to recognize those who are going above and beyond to make British Columbia a better place for everyone,” said Premier John Horgan. “If you know an extraordinary British Columbian who is making a difference in the lives of others, their community and our province, nominate them now for the Order of British Columbia.”

Federal, provincial and municipal elected officials are not eligible for the award while they are in office. An individual can not be appointed to the order posthumously, according to the province.

Residents can also nominate British Columbians for other honours like the Medal of Good Citizenship, which recognizes long-term service and contributions to an individual’s community without expectation of pay or reward. This award celebrates the generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contribution to community life.

Nominations for the Medal of Good Citizenship are accepted all year long.