The Order of the Diocese of New Westminster

In May of 2016, Diocesan Council passed a motion amending  Canon 22, the Canon relating to The Order of the Diocese of New Westminster. Beginning in 2016, new members to the ODNW will be nominated and invested every two years. The next Investiture of New Members to the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster will likely occur close to November 1, 2018. 

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?

  1. Member of the laity.
  2. 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.
  3. Service over a significant period of time.
  4. Only one person may be nominated by each parish in each calendar year.
  5. Posthumous nominations are not accepted.
  6. 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.
Information about the nomination process, new forms and other documents will be available in late 2017 early 2018.

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 2018 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 best answer to this can be found in the words written by The Very Reverend Peter Elliott in the bulletin notes for the 2011 Diocesan Celebration:
This investiture is intentionally scheduled to occur within the octave of the Feast of All Saints - it is a time when the attention of the church is focused on God's call to each baptized person to exercise our ministries in our daily life and work. Recipients of the award are examples to all of us of what the life of a follower of Jesus looks like - they point us to the saints of God who have shown forth the light of Christ for so many generation. In the words of our Lord Christ, "Let your light so shine before others that all may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
Background on the Insignia
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 with questions or for more information 



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