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BCMA Awards: Criteria and Nominations


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.

The 2021 Call for Nominations and Guidelines are coming soon!



Who is eligible for an award?

The BCMA Awards recognize projects of excellence and innovative initiatives from museums, art galleries, cultural centres and other cultural heritage institutions across BC as well as recognize individual contributions to the sector. Nominees need not be members of the BCMA.


What do I need to submit for the nomination?

A sample nomination form will be available for download to prepare your answers before submitting the online form. Check back for the form once the call for nominations is live!

Nominations should include the following:

  1. Brief summary of the individual or organization being nominated (25 word maximum).
  2. Overview of why the nominee deserves the award (500 word maximum)
  3. Description of the overall impact and/or achievements of your nominee’s activities on the sector, organization, or community. (500 word maximum)
  4. Highlights of how your nominee exemplifies one or more of the following values (500 word maximum):
    • Community Engagement,
    • Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion,
    • Innovation.
  5. Supporting photos or documents that demonstrate the impact or contribution of the nominee.


Who can nominate?

Anyone can submit a nomination for 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?


What is the adjudication process?

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

Relevance: Nominations must be relevant to the award category. For more information on the award categories, please click here.

Measured Impact and/or Achievement: 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 impact and/or achievement that may normally be expected of the resources available to the nominee being considered.

Values: Following a 2021 survey, BCMA has identified additional elements to be of critical importance to our members:

  • Community Involvement
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Innovation

These values will be evaluated for each nomination.

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.


Who is on the Awards Committee this year?

Janice Alpine, Business Development Officer, Ktunaxa Nation Council

Tammy Bradford, Manager, Creston & District Museum and Archives

Alyssa Gerwing, Executive Director, Sidney Museum

David Jensen, President, D. Jensen & Associates Ltd.

Alyssa Leier, Curator, The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre

kevin david meisner, Education Experience Designer, Britannia Mine Museum

Yukiko Stranger-Galey, Exhibits & Design Manager, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Charlotte Stringam, General Manager, Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre


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 Showcase event at BCMA’s annual conference in October 2021. Winners will receive an owl award and certificate. All nominees will be featured on the BCMA website and highlighted prior to the event.