On July 26th, 2016, David Sidoo was one of a group of 16 outstanding civic leaders who received the highest honour awarded in the Province of British Columbia – the Order of B.C.
The following details the Province of British Columbia government website explain the origins and significance of the coveted and highly regarded award:
Established in 1989 by statute, the Order of British Columbia recognizes those persons who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour, benefiting the people of the Province or elsewhere. It represents the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens. Appointments to the order are made annually to the most outstanding British Columbians possessing these qualifications. Citizens of the Province are invited to participate in this ongoing process by nominating persons whom they feel are worthy of this acknowledgement and honour.
The Insignia of the Order of British Columbia is in the form of a medal. The medal depicts a stylistic dogwood (the floral emblem of B.C.) and features a crowned shield of arms. It is worn with a green, gold, white and blue ribbon.
David received the award in the presence of family, friends and numerous distinguished guests. According to the Province of British Columbia’s July 26, 2016 press release, Lt-Gov. Judith Guichon and Premier Christy Clark addressed the group:
“For 27 years, the Order of British Columbia has recognized exceptional individuals whose hard work, generosity of spirit and outstanding achievements have contributed immeasurably to the wellbeing of our communities,” Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon said. “I extend my congratulations to this year’s recipients and thank them for inspiring all of us with their efforts to build a healthy, diverse and inclusive province for generations to come.”
“British Columbia’s greatest strength is British Columbians – people who use their talents and passions to make a difference both here at home and, in many cases, around the world,” Premier Christy Clark said. “On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank this year’s recipients for their dedication, and everything they do to make B.C. a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.”
Without a doubt, David Sidoo’s efforts in many facets of Lower Mainland communities contributes to making B.C. a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.