The Order of the Diocese of New Westminster
What is the Purpose of the Order?
The purpose of the Order is to honour and give special recognition to lay members of the Diocese who have given outstanding service over a significant period of time in their volunteer ministry.
What are the eligibility criteria?
- Member of the laity.
- Service in a volunteer capacity in the parish, and/or a number of parishes (on committees, parish councils, in special outreach, parish activities), and/or at the Diocesan level.
- Service over a significant period of time.
- Only one person may be nominated by each parish in each calendar year.
- Posthumous nominations are not accepted.
- Nominees must accept their nomination, be willing to have their names recorded in the Register of the Order, and consent to publicity of their investiture including publication of their photograph.
What is the Process in the Parish?
Step 1: Nominations may be made by any member in good standing of a parish to the Rector or Priest-in-Charge.
Step 2: All nominations are reviewed and approved by the Rector or Priest-in-Charge who, in consultation with the Wardens, will choose not more than one nominee, and forward that name to the Bishop.
Step 3: The nomination form must be completed in full, and must be accompanied by the $35 processing fee and a photograph of the nominee. The completed form, fee and photo must be received in the Bishop’s Office not later than April 30th, 2016.
Changes for 2016
Please note that the processing fee has been increased to $35.
Also note the new requirements regarding the Citation. We now require that you prepare the Citation that will be read at the Investiture Service and become part of the permanent record of the ODNW. This Citation must not be longer than 80 words. This strict word limit is a requirement of the application process. Citations longer than 80 words will be returned. We reserve the right to edit the Citation.
The Order of the Diocese of New Westminster 2016 Information sheet, the 2016 Nomination Form and a copy of Regulation 22 are all downloadable below.
The Bishop may nominate up to ten nominees per year in addition to those nominated by the parishes. For information on the Bishop's Nominees process please contact Bill Siksay or by phone 604.684.6306 ext 228.
When are Nominees notified of their approval?
Nominees will be notified by the Bishop’s Office of their approval after the completion of the process outlined in Synod Regulation 22. This would normally occur in June or July. Rectors/Priests-in-Charge and Wardens will also be notified.
What is the Date of Investiture Service?
The Bishop will invest new members of the Order at an Investiture Service usually held around All Saints Day. Details of the 2016 service will be announced at a later date. The date, when available will be available here on the ODNW overview page, on the Events pages of this website and circulated through the other diocesan communications vehicles.
Why is the Investiture service usually held in late October early November?
The insignia for The Order of the Diocese of New Westminster is a round medallion featuring the official badge of the Diocese in full coloured enamel struck by Pressed Metal Products of Vancouver. The badge was granted by the Chief Herald of Canada on May 15th, 2007. The colours and many of the symbols on the badge are derived form the coat of arms of the Diocese, granted more than half a century ago. The colours blue and gold are the main colours in the coat of arms and in the badge represent both heaven, and the sea and the riches of the Spirit. The Christian cross takes the form found on the medieval coat of arms attributed to St Edward the Confessor and long associated with Westminster Abbey. In the badge another symbol of St. Edward, the small birds, are given a Canadian flavour with tails ending in a maple leaf shape, fitting for a Canadian Anglican diocese. The wavy white line symbolizes both the ocean and the river which surround much of the Diocese as well as the waters of baptism.
The insignia hang from a special blue gold and white silk ribbon, designed by two leading experts in Canadian symbols, Dr. Christopher McCreery and Major Carl Gauthier, and woven by the famous English firm of Toye Kenning.
When is the medal worn?
The medallion i s to be worn around the neck on the special blue, white and gold ribbon. It is appropriate for members of the Order to wear the medallion at special occasions, in parishes, or at the Diocesan level. Examples of this would be a worship service or event where the Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is present, at Synod or Diocesan Services & events and at the installation of New Members to the Order.
In addition to the medallion the members of the Order are given a small lapel pin that can be worn with everyday dress.
For more information
Please contact Bill Siksay, Administrative Assistant to the Bishop’s Office at 604-684-6306 ext 228 or email@example.com with questions or for more information
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