Awards

Over the last 60 years, successive Lieutenant Governors have established a number of citations and awards as a way to recognize the outstanding achievement of Nova Scotians, young and old alike. These are often presented in partnership with provincial, community and professional organizations, helping to build an understanding of the important connection between the Crown and all citizens of the province.

Lieutenant Governor’s Education Medal (1961)

Instituted and administered by the Department of Education, Province of Nova Scotia. Awarded to one boy and one girl in each school who has commendable performance in the courses in which they are enrolled and who has demonstrated qualities of leadership and service in the school and community. Open to all Grade 11 High School students and 1st year vocational school program. Students are nominated by their school. Traditionally presented by the Lieutenant Governor in two School Board Districts of the province each year, when students are gathered together in one venue for the ceremonies. The other recipients receive their medal in their respective schools, usually during graduation ceremonies. Awarded annually.

Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in Public Administration (1986)

Instituted and administered by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Nova Scotia Regional Group, to recognize exceptional achievement in public administration and to encourage quality service in all levels of government. The Award consists of a certificate and silver medal. Nominations are sought from government and academic organizations each year. The Institute selects a winner annually. Traditionally presented at a ceremony in Government House.

Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards for Architecture (1989)

Instituted and administered by the Nova Scotia Association of Architects, to encourage and recognize outstanding architectural design by members of the Nova Scotia Association of Architects. Each year, the Association invites all architects in the province to submit work for the Annual NSAA Design Awards. Certificates with designations of Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, and Citation in Architectural Design may be made by the jury, based on overall excellence. First presented in Government House in the spring of 1990. Traditionally presented at a ceremony in Government House.

Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in Engineering (1996)

Lieutenant Governors Award of Excellence in Engineering (1996)Instituted and administered by the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia, presented to an individual, a company, government department or consortium who through original achievement, creative accomplishment in engineering or excellence in engineering design, demonstrate high quality of professional standards. Awarded annually. First presented in Government House during National Engineering Week, in March of 1997. Traditionally presented at a ceremony in Government House. Awarded annually.

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Conservation (1997)

Instituted and administered by the Nova Scotia Salmon Association, in recognition of leadership, example, achievement, interest and concern in protecting and preserving our Nova Scotian rivers and the salmon and trout which inhabit them. Awarded annually.

Lieutenant Governor’s Nova Scotia Talent Trust Award (2002)

Instituted and administered by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, in recognition of individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment and potential to become established artists. Awarded annually.

Lieutenant Governor’s Greenwing Award (2003)

Instituted and administered by Ducks Unlimited Canada, in recognition of individuals and groups who have taken leadership roles in promoting public awareness of conserving the wetlands and associated habitats of Nova Scotia for the benefit of waterfowl, wildlife and people. Awarded annually.

Lieutenant Governor’s “Ready to Write! Prêt à écrire!” Award (2005)

Instituted and administered by Canadian Parents for French - Nova Scotia, and sponsored by Université Sainte-Anne, as an award for Grade 7, 8, or 9 students in the public, private or home school system within Nova Scotia who are studying French as a second language, to recognize the use of originality, creativity and personal writing style; effective content and organization of ideas; and written proficiency of the French language. Awarded annually.

Lieutenant Governor’s Teaching Award (2005)

Instituted and administered by the Nova Scotia's Teachers Union to celebrate the positive influence teachers have on students and the communities they serve.  NSTU teachers or administrators currently active in the Nova Scotia public school system or community college are eligible for nomination.  Established by the Honourable Myra Freeman CM,ONS, MSM in 2005 and reinstated by His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant , CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd) Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in 2013.  Awarded annually.  

Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Arts Award (2005)

Instituted and administered by the Arts Award Foundation, to recognize a masterwork in any medium from dance to film by a Nova Scotia artist or group of artists. Awarded annually.

Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award (2007)

Instituted by the United Way of Halifax and currently adminsitered by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, to recognize and celebrate communities that are making Nova Scotia a better place. The Award consists of a crystal trophy. Awarded annually to up to four communities each year. For more information, visit the Community Spirit Award homepage. 

Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Award (2009)

Instituted and administered by the Collaborative Partnership Network, to recognize Nova Scotia businesses that have made outstanding commitments to accommodate persons with disabilities in the Nova Scotia labour market. The Award spans several categories which recognize employers, the self-employed, and employer/employee collaboration. The Award consists of an inscribed crystal keepsake.

Lieutenant Governor’s Community Voluntarism Award (2013)

Instituted and administered by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, to recognize NSCAD students who have demonstrated leadership and participation in the voluntary sector. The Award consists of a bronze medal designed by NSCAD.

Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award (2013)

Instituted and administered by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to recognize young people who show outstanding leadership and commitment to fostering inclusive environments in their schools and communities.  Two awards in each school board will be presented annually to an individual and a group of two or more people (which may include an adult) respectively. Youth nominee(s) must be a registered student in Nova Scotia and enrolled in a grade from Primary to 12. The inaugural awards will be presented by the Lieutenant Governor on national anti-bullying day February 2014.  Visit antibullying.novascotia.ca for more information and nomination forms. 

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines (2014)

Administered by the Winery Association of Nova Scotia to recognize the very best Nova Scotia wines regardless of varietal or year.  An independent panel of experts participate in a blind tasting of all the wines submitted for consideration to select three to five of the best wines to receive the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Excellence and a specially designed badge that can be affixed to the winning wines.  The awards are presented by the Lieutenant Governor at a special ceremony held at Government House.