Premier John Horgan celebrated the exceptional achievements of B.C.’s public service at the annual Premier’s Innovation and Excellence Awards ceremony on Nov. 21, 2017.
“Seeing first hand how these individuals have made a difference in the lives of others, in their communities and across the entire province, I couldn’t be more proud of the calibre of civil servants working in B.C. today,” said Horgan. “Congratulations to each winner and finalist — thank you for the passion you bring to serving the people of this province.”
Public-service employees were recognized for applying new, innovative ways of providing services in seven categories: Emerging Leader, Innovation, Leadership, Organizational Excellence, Partnership and Legacy. Two new BC Public Service Hall of Excellence inductees were also recognized — the highest honour that the BC Public Service can extend to its employees, recognizing long-lasting achievement, dedication and service to the province.
“As minister responsible for the BC Public Service Agency, I am continually in awe of the knowledge, expertise and commitment of the civil servants who deliver the services British Columbians count on,” said Finance Minister Carole James. “Employees honoured this year ensure our drinking water is clean, welcome newcomers settling into B.C. communities and support our most vulnerable citizens in the Downtown Eastside. Each of them provides insight into the kind of talent the BC Public Service attracts, and I thank them for their service.”
The people and projects nominated for the Premier’s Awards have significantly strengthened the services people rely on throughout the province. This year’s award recipients were selected by a group of independent adjudicators and were evaluated through a two-part judging process.
Videos of the Premier’s Awards finalists can be viewed online:
Learn more about the BC Public Service Hall of Excellence and previous B.C. Legacy winners:
A backgrounder follows.