BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement Nomination Guidelines

Award Categories

Award Of Merit
The Award of Merit may be given to an individual, institution or agency for a recent outstanding, innovative, or creative achievement in the museum, art gallery, archives or heritage field in British Columbia. This award may also be given to individuals, institutions or agencies not directly involved in the above fields, but who have made significant contributions to them.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award may be given to an individual who has made a unique and substantial contribution on a provincial basis to the museum, art gallery, archives, or heritage field. Such contributions must have been made over an extended period.
Corporate Service Award
The Corporate Service Award may be given to a business/corporation that has, over an extended period, been innovative in its support & contributions, by donating money, services or personnel to the museum, art gallery, archives, or heritage fields


Who is eligible for an award?

The work being recognized by an Award may have been done as volunteer service or undertaken for remuneration. Nominees need not be members of the BCMA.

What do I need to submit for the nomination?

The Awards Committee appreciates as much information as possible in order to make informed decisions. All nominators should strive to provide a submission with careful consideration to what is meaningful and important. The nominator’s expression about why something has achieved excellence and how it has positively impacted a community is closely read in the adjudication process.
Award of Merit and Corporate Service Award nominations must include a covering letter outlining outstanding, innovative or creative achievement(s) and three current reference letters and contact details; and should append visual and/or written examples of the body of work; materials, or statements expressing the impact on, and benefits to the community served; participant numbers, media attention, active links to online examples and testimonials in support of the nominee’s achievement(s).
Distinguished Service Award nominations must be accompanied by a covering letter and three current reference letters and contact details. A nomination must indicate the nature and extent of the nominee’s involvement and contributions to the museum, art gallery, archives, or heritage community in BC. For the Distinguished Service Award this contribution is over an extended period of time and is not recognition of a retirement. Please be sure to submit a complete copy of the nomination, including support material. See below for this and additional requirements regarding reference letters.

Sample Nominations

Not sure what to submit? Take a look at these sample nominations from previous winners. (Coming soon!)

Who can nominate?

Nominators need not be members of the BCMA. If the Nominator is not a member, a reference from a current BCMA member in good standing should accompany the nomination. Nominators who are associated with the Nominee, as a co-worker, employee, contractor, or volunteer or nominators who nominate themselves or their institutions for the Award of Merit Category, must include with their nomination a reference letter from a current BCMA member in good standing who is not associated with the nominee. Awards Committee members may also put forward nominations in accordance with these guidelines, in an effort to ensure that no deserving recipient is overlooked.

Can I nominate myself and/or my organization?

Yes. Since self-nominators have full access to pertinent information the Awards Committee expects to see a package that includes full details as well as a self-assessment.

Who is on this year’s Awards Committee?

The Awards Committee is independent and comprised of five individuals appointed by Council to evaluate nominations for BCMA’s Awards & Bursaries Program.The committee meets via conference call. This year the committee includes:

Tammy Bradford, Creston & District Museum & Archives (Chair), Creston
Kirstin Clausen, Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach
Jill Baird, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
Bob Campbell, Prince George
David Jensen, David Jensen and Associates, Vancouver

What is the adjudication process?

To make effective and consistent evaluations, the following general criteria will apply in evaluating Nominees for all three Award categories:
Contribution: Nominees must have played a significant role in the collection, preservation or presentation of British Columbia’s heritage and/or culture.
Resources: The qualifications or worthiness of a Nominee will NOT be determined in any way by factors such as the size of a facility, institution, or agency, the number of employees or volunteers, budget, or the cost of a project or program. Evaluation will not be based upon a comparison of the resources of other possible Nominees, but on the relative accomplishment that may normally be expected of the resources available to the Nominee being considered.
Quality of Achievement: Recognizing the Awards Program objective of encouraging excellence in the museums, art galleries and heritage fields, consideration should be given not only to what the Nominee has accomplished, but also to the excellence of the work relative to similar culture and heritage resource accomplishments and programs.
Accomplishment: Nominees will be evaluated on an actual achievement, not on an untried idea or concept. Awards will not necessarily be given on an annual basis. If no Nominee whose achievements meet the established criteria is forthcoming, an Award may not be given in that year.

How are the winners honoured?

Successful nominees will be announced, celebrated and presented with their award at the BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement at BCMA’s annual Conference. This year’s conference is October 12-14 in Whistler.

How to Submit a Nomination

This year submissions can be made through an online application form. In this form you will be asked to provide important information such as:

    • The Nominee’s name
    • Your contact information
    • Your relationship to the nominee
    • The award you are nominating for
    • Information to support the nomination:
      • Up to seven attachments to support your nomination, all of which must be documents in Word or PDF format.
      • 3 reference letters for Award of Merit nominations.
      • If videos are used to support your nomination these cannot be uploaded. Instead, please supply the committee with a url link to your video within the body of the written submission.

All nominators should strive to provide a well-organized submission with careful consideration to what is meaningful and important. The nominator’s expression about why something has achieved excellence is closely read in the adjudication process.


PLEASE NOTE: Nominees will be announced in the summer and then celebrated at the Awards Gala in Whistler during the BCMA annual Conference (Oct 12-14). Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala. All delegates registering for the full conference receive a ticket to the Gala. Nominees, if not already delegates, receive one complimentary ticket. Additional Gala tickets can be purchased on the Conference registration site.