Making a nomination for the 2020 Awards of Excellence

COVID-19 update: program cancelled

June 24, 2020: Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Awards of Excellence has been cancelled. More information on the 2021 Awards of Excellence nomination process and ceremony will be posted as it becomes available next year.

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Award categories

In each category, we'll evaluate nominated adults separately from children and youth.

Who you can nominate


You can nominate any person – including children and youth 21 years and younger – who lives, works, volunteers, or goes to school in Vancouver, including the University Endowment Lands.

In each category, we'll evaluate nominated adults separately from children and youth.


You can nominate any of these types of Vancouver-based organizations:

  • Non-profit
  • Groups or service clubs
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Government departments (federal and provincial) 
  • Unions
  • Professional and trade associations
  • Media organizations
  • Public or private corporations

Who's not eligible?

City of Vancouver employees, departments, and elected officials

Can you nominate yourself?

No, unless you're nominating your own organization.

Prepare and make your nomination

Nominations ended at 5pm on April 18. Thank you for your interest. 

Prepare and make your nomination

Gather these items before you start:

  1. Information about your nominee
    • Name and email
    • Organization name (if you're nominating an organization)
  2. Reasons why you're nominating them for an award in the category you choose
    • Why do they deserve the award?
    • What impact have they had on our city?
  3. Letter of reference to support your nomination
    • Written by someone else who knows your nominee's accomplishments
    • Includes the letter writer's contact information
    • Word or PDF format
  4. Information about you
    • Name and email
    • How you know your nominee

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What happens next?

We review the completed nominations

We evaluate nominations using our selection criteria and may move a nomination to a different category in special cases when appropriate.

Our nomination committee makes recommendations to City Council.

City Council approves the recommendations and we notify the winners.

Our selection criteria

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