Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador is the highest honour of the province. The object of the Order is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour benefiting in an outstanding manner Newfoundland and Labrador and its residents. The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador is established by The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador Act. Details respecting the Award, nomination process and forms can be found on the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador website.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Award For Bravery
The Newfoundland and Labrador Award For Bravery was established by the Bravery Award Act for the purpose of recognizing citizens of the province who risked life and safety to assist another person. Any resident of Newfoundland and Labrador is eligible to be nominated for the Award. Persons have been nominated for assisting a person in danger.
The Volunteer War Service Medal
The Volunteer War Medal recognizes persons who volunteered and served in units or organizations raised or maintained as the contribution of the Dominion of Newfoundland to the allied war effort, namely, the British Imperial Forces, the Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit, the merchant navy and the Newfoundland Regiment. The Award is established via the Volunteer War Service Medal Act.
Order of Canada
Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
Close to 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and have taken to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”).
Any Canadian is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as a candidate for appointment to the Order of Canada. Nomination forms and other information can be found on Governor General of Canada website.
The Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division)
The Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) program recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or activity over a limited period of time. These individuals are being recognized for bringing honour to their community or to Canada. This activity or deed is often innovative, sets an example or model for others to follow, or improves the quality of life in a community. It may benefit local, provincial, national, or international populations.
Past recipients have tackled poverty in their community, improved education opportunities for children in Canada and abroad, or raised awareness of important causes and issues.
There are two levels of decorations: a cross and a medal. The different levels reflect the scope and impact of the activity or deed. The MSD (Civil Division) is one of the highest distinctions an individual can receive. Nomination forms and other information can be found on the Governor General of Canada website.
Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians. The Medal for Volunteers is an official Canadian honour and the only one for volunteerism given by the Governor General of Canada. It incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, created in 1995, by then-Governor General the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc. There is no deadline to submit nominations, as nominations are accepted throughout the year.
Information about eligibility criteria and nomination process can be found on the Governor General of Canada website.
The Polar Medal celebrates Canada’s northern heritage and recognizes persons who render extraordinary services in polar regions and in Canada’s north. It also honours those who have withstood the rigours of the polar climate to make significant contributions to polar exploration and knowledge, scientific research, and the securement of Canada’s northern sovereignty.
As an official honour created by the Crown, the Polar Medal is part of the Canadian Honours System. The program incorporated and replaced the Governor General’s Northern Medal, created in 2005, by then-Governor General the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson.
Eligibility criteria and information about the nomination process can be found on the Governor General of Canada website.