Outstanding British Columbians to be recognized for service during pandemic

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Thirty-one British Columbians and one group will be honoured with the Medal of Good Citizenship for outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 Medal of Good Citizenship is focused on honouring people who went above and beyond expectations in their response to COVID-19. The recipients represent a diverse group of people from 21 communities, according to a media release by the provincial government.

“We are proud to honour these British Columbians who have demonstrated themselves to be extraordinary individuals,” said Premier John Horgan. “Each one of them has been singled out by their peers for their tremendous generosity, kindness and selfless acts of service during one of the most challenging times in our province and around the world.”

The Medal of Good Citizenship is one way British Columbians can recognize others for their contributions and dedication to community service. Nominations are accepted year round and British Columbians are encouraged to submit people they know who have been particularly kind, generous or self-sacrificing without expectation of reward.

“Congratulations to the unsung heroes in our communities being honoured today,” said Melanie Mark, minister of tourism, arts, culture and sport, and chair of the medal’s selection committee. “You demonstrated the power of kindness and the real meaning of paying it forward during one of our generation’s most turbulent times. Thank you for being beacons of light in our communities.”

The virtual medal presentation will take place on March 24.

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