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Awards of Excellence 2020

Nominations now open for 2020 Awards of Excellence

Each child and youth winner to receive $500 bursary

March 9 2020 –

Do you know an individual or organization that should be recognized for an outstanding civic achievement? If so, nominations are now open for a City of Vancouver Award of Excellence until 5 pm on April 17.

Anyone who lives, works, volunteers, or attends school in Vancouver or the University Endowment Lands, and any organization based in the city is eligible for an award.

Five categories

In total, three recipients — an individual, a child or youth (age 21 years or younger), and an organization — will be eligible to receive an award in each of the following five categories:

Accessible City Award 

Recognizes individuals or organizations that improve access and inclusion for persons with disabilities, or remove barriers and create opportunities. 

Civic Volunteer Award 

Recognizes those who excel at volunteering to make Vancouver a better place to live, work, and play. Nominees need to volunteer on a City board, agency, or committee, or with a group that receives support from the City.

Diversity and Inclusion Award 

Celebrates the leadership of those who support inclusion, and advocate for communities to be free of racism and discrimination. Consideration will be given to applicants whose work supports diversity and inclusion related to ethnicity, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, and socioeconomic status.

Greenest City Leadership Award

Recognizes those who have made significant contributions to advancing Vancouver’s goal of becoming the Greenest City in the world. Whether they help protect the climate, reduce waste, support local food, or enhance Vancouver’s natural spaces, these award recipients are environmental leaders.

Healthy City for All Award 

Recognizes those who lead projects that create a thriving, healthy, and liveable city for everyone.

At the ceremony, a Mayor’s Achievement Award will also be presented to recipients selected personally by Mayor Kennedy Stewart. These awards are not subject to the public nomination process. 

Selection criteria

The selection criteria used to recognize those who make Vancouver a greener, healthier, more accessible, prosperous, and inclusive city will be based on four areas:

  • Scope : The range of activities and breadth of influence or inspiration of the achievement.
  • Achievement: The significance of the achievement itself, with consideration given to creativity, innovation, and general significance of the activity for the individual or community.
  • Impact: The potential for fundamental and lasting positive change.
  • Method: The manner in which the activities were performed, for example, with creativity, innovation, inclusivity, consultation, and collaboration.

All child and youth recipients will receive a $500 bursary as well as their Award of Excellence.

An awards ceremony to honour the recipients will take place Thursday, June 18 at the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitors Centre.

Learn more about the Awards of Excellence