BCMA Awards Nomination Guidelines

BCMA recognizes a number of individuals and organizations each year for their service and excellence within the sector.  To view the full award categories and descriptions, please click here.

If you are interested in nominating an individual, project or organization for an award, please read through the Frequently Asked Questions topics below.  Once you are ready, you can find the nomination form at the bottom of this page.

Nominations for the BCMA Awards of Excellence for 2019 are now being accepted.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING AWARD NOMINATIONS IS 4:30PM (PST) MAY 31, 2019.

Download the sample nomination form and prepare your answers before submitting the online form bellow 2019 Sample Nomination Form

 

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FAQ

Who is eligible for an award?

The BCMA Awards recognize projects of excellence, innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from museums, art galleries, cultural centres and other cultural heritage institutions across BC.  The person(s), project or organization being nominated may be by volunteers or paid staff at an institution. 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. Please be sure to answer all questions on the nomination form with as much relevant information as possible. Adjudicators will consider

Nominations for the Distinguished Service and Museum Service & Stewardship awards should include the following:

  1. Brief summary description of the individual or organization being nominated. (25 words or less).
  2. Overview of nominee’s contributions to the sector at the regional, provincial or national level over an extended period of time, including current / previous positions held.
  3. Highlights of how your nominee exemplifies the values of Sustainability, Impact/Engagement, Innovation, and/or Excellence.
  4. Specific examples (at least 1) of the core contribution and impact of your nominee’s contributions to the sector (through research, mentorship, innovation, fundraising, etc.). Bullet points are ok.
  5. Other supporting photos or documents that demonstrate the impact or contribution of the nominee.

Awards of Merit nominations should include the following:

  1. Brief summary description of the project (25 words or less)
  2. Overview of why this person(s), project or institution deserves the award.
  3. Description of the nominee’s relevance to the specific award category.
  4. Highlights of how the nominee exemplifies the values of Sustainability, Impact/Engagement, Innovation, and/or Excellence.
  5. Description of the impact of your nominee’s activities / achievements on the sector. Bullet points are ok.
  6. Description of how you (the nominator) assessed and evaluated success for this person or project.
  7. Description of any relevant community engagement (or other partner involvement) in the development and/or delivery of the project.
  8. Other supporting photos or documents that demonstrate the impact or contribution of the nominee.

Innovation Award nominations should include the following:

  1. Brief summary description of the project (25 words or less)
  2. Overview of why this person(s), project or institution deserves the award.
  3. Provide 1 or 2 specific examples of how your nominee exemplifies the values of Innovation and/or Creativity.
  4. Highlights of how your nominee exemplifies the values of Sustainability, Impact/Engagement, Innovation, and/or Excellence. (if applicable)
  5. Description of the impact of your nominee’s activities/achievements.
  6. Other supporting photos or documents that demonstrate the impact or contribution of the nominee.

Formal letters of recommendation are encouraged for all nominations, but not required.  You will have the opportunity to upload supporting documents as text or as PDF.

Who can nominate?

Anyone can nominate an award!  You need not be a member of the BCMA.

Awards Committee members may also put forward nominations, in an effort to ensure that no deserving recipient is overlooked.

Can I nominate myself and/or my organization?

Yes.

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:

  • Scott Marsden, BCMA Council Member (co-chair)
  • Tammy Bradford, Creston & District Museum and Archives
  • Hanna Cho, Producer, NGX Interactive (co-chair)
  • David Jensen, David Jensen and Associates
  • Luc Demarais, Lead Project Coordinator, Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Haema Sivanesen, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • Alyssa Tobin, The Exploration Place
  • Lee Boyko, Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre
What is the adjudication process?

To make effective and consistent evaluations, the following general criteria will apply in evaluating Nominees:

Contribution: Nominees must have played a significant role in the collection, preservation or presentation of British Columbia’s art, history, culture, or cultural heritage.

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 be based upon 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 cultural heritage fields, consideration will be given not only to what the Nominee has accomplished individually, but also to the excellence of the work relative to similar culture and heritage resource accomplishments and programs across our sector.

Accomplishment: Nominees will be evaluated on an actual achievement, not on an untried idea or concept. Awards may not always be given on an annual basis. If there are no nominees whose achievements meet the established criteria, an award may not be given in that particular year.

How are the nominees and award winners honoured?

All nominees will be celebrated, and award winners will be announced and presented with their awards, at the BCMA Awards Gala event at BCMA’s annual conference. The 2019 conference is September 30 – October 2 in Prince George.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Winners and nominees will be contacted in confidence, by the Awards Committee  and then publicly announced and celebrated at the annual BCMA Awards Gala during the BCMA annual conference.