Order of the Dogwood

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The Order of the Dogwood was the province of British Columbia's highest civilian honour for public service from 1966 to 1989. Only thirteen individuals were ever granted this honour.


The predecessor to the Order of the Dogwood, called the Dogwood Medallion, was created by the provincial government in 1958 to mark the centennial of the establishment of the Colony of British Columbia.[citation needed] The Order of the Dogwood was created by Order in Council during a provincial Cabinet meeting held at Fort Langley on November 19, 1966 to mark the centennial of the union of the Colony of British Columbia with the Colony of Vancouver Island.[1] Immediately following the Cabinet meeting, Lieutenant Governor George Pearkes (a future recipient of the honour) gave consent to the creation of the honour, which was then presented to the first recipients at the "Douglas Day" dinner that ensued.[1] The first five recipients were Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Viscount Amory (then Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company), Sir Robert Bellinger (then Lord Mayor of London), Clarence Wallace, and Frank Mackenzie Ross; Bellinger and Ross were present for the ceremony.[1]

The Order of the Dogwood was the highest provincial honour until 1989, when it was replaced by the Order of British Columbia.[2][3] The last person granted the Order of the Dogwood was Terry Fox, who received it in 1980.[2]

The award[edit]

The granting of the award was not limited to British Columbia residents.[2] The award could not be granted to a person currently holding public office under the authority of the province.[1]

Recipients received a medal struck in gold, bearing the image of the dogwood flower on one side and the provincial coat of arms on the other.[1] Recipients also received a certificate issued under the Great Seal of British Columbia.[1]

List of recipients[edit]

Between 1966 and 1989, a total of thirteen individuals[2] were granted the Order of the Dogwood:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bruce Smilley (1969-11-21). "B.C. Gov't Awards Dogwood Medals". The Vancouver Sun. Vancouver, British Columbia. p. 13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l John Mackie (2012-11-21). "This Day In History: November 21, 1966". The Vancouver Sun. Vancouver, British Columbia. p. A2. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  3. ^ "Media Images". Royal BC Museum. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "People Make News - High Honour". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. 1968-07-27. p. 5. 
  5. ^ orderbceditor (2009-01-15). "2004 Recipient: Nancy Greene Raine – Sun Peaks | Order of BC". Orderofbc.gov.bc.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  6. ^ a b c Canadian Press (1971-05-12). "Queen Ends B.C. Tour". The Regina Leader-Post. Regina, Saskatchewan. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Canada's Top Athletes - The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes". Loumarsh.ca. 1980-04-12. Retrieved 2012-11-10.