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Awards of Excellence

The Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding achievements made by individuals – adults, youth and children – and organizations.

We celebrate excellence in five categories of achievement that benefit everyone by making Vancouver more green, healthy, diverse, and accessible.

2022 winners

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 midnight on Sunday, April 10, 2022. Thank you for your interest. 

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 Sub-Committee of Council makes recommendations to City Council.

City Council approves the recommendations and we notify the winners.

Winners will be announced on May 30, 2022.

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

Previous winners

Accessible City

Recognizes those who improve access and inclusion for persons with disabilities, or remove barriers and create opportunities.

Civic Volunteer

Recognizes those who excel at volunteering to make Vancouver a better place to live, work, and play.

Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrates the leadership of those who support inclusion, and advocate for communities to be free of racism and discrimination.

Greenest City Leadership

Recognizes those who have made significant contributions to advancing our goal of becoming the Greenest City in the world.

Healthy City for All

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