BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement

BC’s museum and gallery community offers diverse services and visitor experiences that are relevant and meaningful to multiple audiences. We all know of colleagues and partners who are deserving of recognition for their excellence in management, special projects, programs, exhibits, philanthropy and volunteerism. I invite you to take a look at your circle of friends & co- workers to identify those you feel should be recognized by their peers. The BCMA provides the means with the unique and prestigious BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Divided into three categories, the awards recognize:

The Distinguished Service Award  which may be given to an individual who has made a unique and outstanding contribution on a provincial or national basis to the museum, gallery, archives or heritage field over an extended period of time.

The Corporate Service Award which may be given to a corporate supporter that has, over an extended period, been innovative in donating funds, services or personnel to the museum, gallery, archives or heritage resources field.

The Award of Merit (up to 3 awards) which may be given to an individual, institution or agency for a recent outstanding, innovative or creative achievement in the museum, gallery, archives or heritage resources field in BC. This award may also be given to those not directly involved in the above fields, but who have made a significant contribution to them.


Awards for Outstanding Achievement Nominees and Winners for 2016

Two Awards of Merit and a Distinguished Service Award were presented at the “Peaks of Success” Awards Dinner in Whistler, October 13, 2016. Read about the winners here, and see below for details on all of the incredible nominees.

Award of Merit:

  • Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project – 16 museums across BC who came together to make their Chinese Canadian holdings publicly accessible in an online database.
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum – “100 Years, 100 Treasures” celebration of the Museum’s collection, history, and community.
  • Sikh Heritage Museum National Historic Site – four years of innovative programming and exhibits recognising and raising awareness of Sikh heritage and history in British Columbia and Canada at the Gur Sikh Temple
  • The Residential and Indian Day School Art research Project – gathering and sharing the personal stories behind student-produced art at Residential and Indian Day Schools.
  • Royal BC Museum – “Righting Historical Wrongs” Chinese Canadian learning portal and outreach kits.

Distinguished Service Award:

  • Tim Willis – dedicated efforts, through a number of roles, to bring museums into their communities
  • George Harris – years of work, through Two Rivers Gallery, to develop the careers of northern-BC artists and to bring internationally-renowned artists to northern BC.

For a look back at awards and honorees through the years, please look at the Awards History page and Recipients page.

“This is my third year as a member of the BCMA’s Awards Committee, and for many years before that I have attended the annual Awards Banquets at BCMA Conferences. One observation has remained constant: there is an incredible diversity of museums, archives, and art galleries in this province, undertaking an incredibly diverse range of work to preserve our history, celebrate our artists, and engage our communities. Every day, we find innovative ways to meet new challenges and fulfill the needs of our communities. The BC Museums Associations’ awards are one way – a very special way – of recognising and celebrating our achievements.

 There are only five of us on the Awards committee; we need your help to identify the museums, archives, and art galleries that deserve to be recognised. I encourage you to look at the work your colleagues and sister-organisations are doing, and help recognise the outstanding effort they are making. Nominate them, or nominate yourself, for an Award of Merit or a Distinguished Service Award; nominate your municipality, a key sponsor, or some other corporate entity for a Corporate Service Award to thank them for their ongoing support. All nominations are carefully considered, and all will be publicly recognised at the Awards Banquet.

 As I’m sure you know, recognition from our peers is one of the most gratifying and inspiring aspects of the challenging roles we play in the province’s museums. Please take the time to nominate someone today.”

~Tammy Bradford, Awards Committee Chairperson