On behalf of Premier Christy Clark, Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, and Mike Morris,Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, will present John Scott, a well-known Prince George citizen, with the province’s newest honour, the Medal of Good Citizenship.
The ceremony will be held as part of the Celebrate Canada Festival on July 1 at noon in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park in Prince George.
Launched in July 2015 by Premier Clark, the prestigious Medal of Good Citizenship recognizes individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life. Nominations for the Medal of Good Citizenship are accepted year-round.
Scott will be honoured with the medal for his wide-ranging and selfless contributions to the community of Prince George, enriching the lives of youth, comforting those through illness and trauma, focusing well-deserved attention on the sacrifices veterans have made for Canada, and helping to revitalize the local branch of the Canadian Legion and neighbourhood commemorating veterans.
His service to community and countless hours of volunteering include support for a myriad of organizations including the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43, 2618 Canadian Army Cadets, and chairman of the Cadet League for Cariboo North, former district commissioner of the Nechako Scout district and Scout trainer II and the Legion’s Connaught Youth Centre. He is also president of the Prince George and Northern BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping.
The veteran peacekeeper has been instrumental in helping revitalize Prince George’s Veterans’ Land Act neighbourhood and galvanizing support for new facilities for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43. Scott also helped steer the Connaught Youth Centre to becoming a non-profit society that now supports a range of youth programs in the city. He is currently serving the Royal Canadian legion as a vice-president of BC/Yukon Command.
Scott is among a select group of British Columbians who will receive the Medal of Good Citizenship.
Premier Christy Clark –
“Over many years John Scott has selflessly given his time, energy, and leadership to support countless organizations in Prince George, particularly the Royal Canadian Legion. He’s devoted his life to serving his fellow Canadians, and Prince George is lucky to have him.”
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, MLA for Prince George-Valemount and chair of the Medal of Good Citizenship Selection Committee –
“John Scott has given so much to Prince George and the North, always without any expectation of recognition. John has been a passionate advocate and supporter of veterans and their families. He works tirelessly on behalf of our Legion Branch 43 to ensure it remains active and viable in our community. John is a supporter of cadets and youth programs and is currently a vice-president of the BC/Yukon command. John makes a difference and is a most deserving recipient of this prestigious award. It is very fitting that he receive the medal on Canada Day as we celebrate the country we love and recognize the men and women, like John Scott who serve on our behalf."
Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and MLA for Prince George-MacKenzie –
“Prince George has strengthened thanks to John Scott, who has provided guidance and shaped the youth of our community, teaching them empathy, loyalty, and the skills that help them develop into well-rounded citizens, while also supporting and advocating for our veterans. Our community is enriched thanks to the selfless efforts of this man.”
John Scott, Medal of Good Citizenship recipient –
“I am honoured to receive the Medal of Citizenship. I never dreamed I would be considered for such a prestigious award. The need to give back was ingrained in me throughout my service career and it is something that gives one a feeling of great happiness and fulfillment. You do not need to give away your life’s earnings, or really even your spare change to have a fulfilled life. You just need to donate time to whatever cause you choose and anyone can do that. And you’ll meet some wonderful people in the process.”
- The Medal of Good Citizenship was launched in 2015 to recognize individuals who, through exceptional long-term volunteer efforts, have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities.
- Nominations for the Medal of Good Citizenship are accepted year-round.
- All regions in the province were represented on the Medal of Good Citizenship Selection Committee and members came from various professional backgrounds.
- More than 220 nominations were reviewed.
- Additional medal presentation ceremonies will be held across the province in the coming months.
To learn more about the medal, or to nominate a good citizen in your community, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/medalofgoodcitizenship
To view photos of recipient ceremonies, visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHskw9MKjm