Monday, June 15, 2015
Best of B.C. bestowed with Province’s highest honour
VICTORIA – In front of friends, family and a room full of distinguished guests, 16 exceptional civic leaders were recognized today at Government House with the Province’s highest honour, the Order of British Columbia. Three recipients unable to attend the 2014 ceremony were also honoured.
“For 26 years, the Order of British Columbia has recognized the remarkable accomplishments and efforts by extraordinary British Columbians,” said Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon. “This year we honour British Columbians from a variety of fields, each recipient illustrating the positive difference just one person can make in the lives of many.”
“The Order of British Columbia recognizes British Columbians whose positive impact is felt throughout the province and, in some cases, the world,” said Premier Christy Clark. “This year’s recipients have utilized their talent and passion to make a difference, be it by inventing the AbleWalker so that our seniors can remain active, or by utilizing their compassion to connect people across cultures, their actions matter. On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank them for their dedication, and all they do to make B.C. a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.”
This year’s recipients are:
Ron Burnett, C.M of Vancouver – Distinguished academic in media, arts and communications
Tim Collings of Surrey – Inventor of the V-Chip to filter inappropriate TV content
Kerry and Ginny Dennehy of Whistler – Champions for depression awareness and youth suicide prevention
Jane Dyson of Vancouver – Advocate for people with disabilities in B.C.
Al B. Etmanski, C.M., M.S.M of Surrey – Driving force in social innovation and accessibility initiatives
Chief Robert Joseph of North Vancouver – Leader dedicated to renewing relationships between Aboriginal Peoples and all Canadians
Barry Lapointe of Kelowna – Visionary aviation entrepreneur and community mentor
Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia of West Vancouver – Inspirational community leader and philanthropist
Dr. Saida Rasul of Vancouver – Dentist and volunteer for improving the lives of the less fortunate
Norman J. Rolston of Langley – Inventor of the Able Walker for mobility-impaired people
Jim Shepard of Vancouver – Business leader and philanthropist
Tamara Taggart of Vancouver – Volunteer supporting health care, the well-being of children and people with disabilities
Hari B. Varshney of Vancouver – Business leader, volunteer and philanthropist
Sing Lim Yeo of Vancouver – Long-time volunteer and philanthropist
Melvin N. Zajac, C.M. of Vancouver – Fundraiser for children with special needs and seniors with disabilities
Three recipients, Don R. Lindsay, Rudolph North, C.M. and Lorne R. Segal, were also invested today, having missed last year’s ceremony.
The Order of British Columbia is bestowed annually on the most outstanding British Columbians. Citizens of the Province are invited to participate in this ongoing process by nominating persons whom they feel are worthy of this acknowledgement and honour.
The 16 British Columbians appointed to the Order this year were selected by the Advisory Council from 249 nominations received.