Order of B.C. for two Surrey residents

A total of 16 people chosen from 249 nominations for 2015 honour.

Order of B.C. medal

A pair of Surrey residents are among 16 “exceptional civic leaders” appointed to the Order of British Columbia for 2015.

Allan B. Etmanski is known for his longtime work to empower people with disabilities. His commitment led him to advocate for initiatives such as the Registered Disability Savings Program, a long-term savings plan that helps Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future. The co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), Allan also leads the non-profit organization in its work to ensure the safety, security and well-being of relatives with disabilities.

Through his work with the BC Partners for Social Impact, he continues to lead and inspire people to work together to find new ways to address society’s most complex and pervasive social problems. Etmanski and his wife, Vickie Cammack, got the Order of Canada earlier this year for their work on PLAN and received a Governor General award in 2005.

Tim Collings has also been honoured with an Order of B.C. appointment for his invention of the V-Chip to filter inappropriate television content. Collings’ invention – now installed in equipment worldwide and is legislated to be included in every TV sold in the U.S. – sparked public discussion and led to a higher level of media literacy among parents and the general public.

Collings has previously been named among B.C.’s Top 40 Under 40, and Top 50 Thinkers.

The Order of British Columbia was established in 1989 to recognize people who have served or excelled in any field, benefiting the people of B.C. or elsewhere. It is the highest form of recognition the province can extend to its citizens.

“This year’s recipients have utilized their talent and passion to make a difference. On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank them for their dedication, and all they do to make B.C. a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family,” said Premier Christy Clark.

This year, 249 British Columbians were nominated for the Order of B.C. A ceremony for the recipients will be held in Victoria on June 15.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

White Rock RCMP are searching for Richard John Lewis, who is wanted on warrants for assault and uttering threats. (RCMP handout)
White Rock RCMP searching for wanted man

Richard John Lewis is wanted on warrants for assault, uttering threats

(Photo: Twitter@SurreyRCMP)
Surrey Mounties, pet owners, bracing for Halloween

Last year the Surrey RCMP received 147 fireworks complaints on Diwali and 121 on Halloween

(Delta Police Department photo)
Delta police investigating after another teen girl followed in Tsawwassen

Police say a man in a burgundy car approached teen girls on at least two, possibly three occasions

partial graphic used in "Get Serious" campaign by Surrey business groups.
‘Get Serious’ message about COVID pushed by Surrey business groups fearing ‘economic shutdown’

‘Different social media messages will be sent out daily with significant messaging…’

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps by 287, another senior home outbreak

Two more deaths recorded, community outbreak in Okanagan

An untitled Emily Carr painting of Finlayson Point was donated to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria by brothers Ian and Andrew Burchett. The painting had been in their family for several decades. (Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
Never before seen painting by famed B.C. artist Emily Carr gifted to Victoria gallery

Painting among several donated to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The B.C. Centre for Disease control is telling people to keep an eye out for the poisonous death cap mushroom, which thrives in fall weather conditions. (Paul Kroeger/BCCDC)
Highly poisonous death cap mushroom discovered in Comox

This marks first discovery on Vancouver Island outside Greater Victoria area

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
Rescued bald eagle that came to life in B.C. man’s car had lead poisoning

Bird is on medication and recovering in rehab centre

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of B.C., was presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 Poppy Campaign on Wednesday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant Governor receives first poppy to kick off 2020 campaign

Janet Austin ‘honour and a privileged’ to receive the poppy

Premier-elect John Horgan and cabinet ministers are sworn in for the first time at Government House in Victoria, July 18, 2017. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Pandemic payments have to wait for B.C. vote count, swearing-in

Small businesses advised to apply even if they don’t qualify

The B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch has issued a decision about the actions of an elementary school teacher in Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley elementary teacher suspended for grabbing, shoving, yelling at kids

Roxann Rojas will lose her legal authority to teach for two weeks from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7, 2020

Most Read