The Mission Community Excellence Awards recognize and honour Mission’s most outstanding citizens who through their achievements and extraordinary efforts have made exemplary contributions regionally, provincially, nationally and/or internationally.
The award can be awarded posthumously, however nominees must meet all of the following criteria to be considered.
- Nominee must be born in Mission or spent their formative or creative years in Mission
- Nominee must have lived in Mission for a minimum of 10 years
- Nominees achievement must be regional, provincial, national and/or international in scope
- Nominees achievement must demonstrate the qualities of any or all of these: empathy, humanity, social responsibility, and sustainability and fall into one of these categories:
- Arts & Culture, including but not limited to architecture, comedy, craft, culinary arts, dance, design, film or video, First Nations, heritage, literature and spoken word, multi/interdisciplinary, music, new/digital media, theatre, visual arts and virtual activity.
- Academic, including but not limited to the disciplines or field of studies in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and applied sciences.
- Humanitarian, including but not limited to the promote human welfare and/or social-economic reform.
Nominees must fall into one of the two categories:
The activities for which such outstanding individuals have been nominated must have been conducted primarily in, or for the benefit of, or as a representative of Mission, or at the time of their achievement(s) they were residents of Mission.
- Groups must be “Mission based” or be a Mission branch of a Canadian or international organization.
- To be considered “Mission based,” the group must have worked out of a location within the District of Mission boundaries or has the majority of it’s members residing in Mission.
- Clubs or Mission Chapters of national organizations whose sole purpose or function is community service are not eligible for Community Excellence Awards.
Nominations can be made by anyone (with the exception of themselves and direct family members) and must be submitted on the nomination form. The form must be accompanied by a biography or a curriculum vitae/resume and 2 reference letters which can speak to the nominee’s achievements and how they have made a significant impact provincially, nationally and/or internationally and represent Mission with distinction.
Nominations may be received by the District of Mission Parks, Recreation & Culture Department anytime and will be reviewed on an annual basis after December 15 each year. A maximum of two nominees will be recognized annually.
A community Review Committee appointed by Council will review applications and make recommendations through the Parks, Recreation & Culture Cultural Resources Commission staff liaison through a confidential staff report.
The Review Committee should include a minimum of two members from the Cultural Resources Commission and Heritage Commission with the authority to vet and seek consultation from appropriate experts.
Council will ultimately make the final decision as to which nominees will be recognized and receive awards. Council is not obligated to accept or award any nominees put forward. Nominees may be nominated in subsequent years if not selected in an initial nomination.
Nominee Notification and Recognition
Successful nominees will be notified by way of letter from the Mayor’s office and be formally recognized by Council with a unique District of Mission medallion at a Council meeting followed by a reception. The successful nominees will also be identified on the District of Mission website.