The ISCBC hosted its first full 'Together in Action' Awards program in 2014, in advance of the 2015 ISCBC Forum, which was also a celebration of the Council’s tenth year anniversary. The ISCBC's 'Together in Action' Awards Program celebrates the work of those preventing the introduction of invasive species, or reducing their impact. The ISCBC’s Annual Forum is the ideal opportunity to present awards to those groups and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in the past year. At the ISCBC Annual Forum, the ISCBC announces the award winners and celebrates all of the nominees.
The ISCBC awards program recognizes initiatives, groups, and individuals that demonstrate leadership, innovation and collaboration in the field of invasive species in BC. It is important to celebrate and honour the work that is done every day around the province to manage invasive species. From education and outreach, to businesses and youth, the ISCBC’s awards program is designed to engage the public and encourage nominations from a range of areas.
The ISCBC Annual Awards Program and Anniversary Year Awards
I. Annual Awards Program:
In 2016, the ISCBC launched two annual awards, to recognize the achievements of ISCBC Executive Director Gail Wallin, and to ensure that momentum and awareness of the awards initiative is maintained.
a) The Annual Innovation and Leadership Award
This award is designed to recognize and celebrate the work of individuals, organizations, businesses and governments who demonstrate leadership and innovation in invasive species prevention, work and management in BC. Any individual or organization that has made significant contributions to invasive species management, education and awareness, research, or on-the-ground work in BC is eligible for nomination.
NOTE: The annual award will be internally recruited by the ISCBC Board and staff, and awarded based on sufficient and qualified nominations.
b) The Annual Student Leadership Award
This award is designed to celebrate and support the work of post secondary students 19 years of age and older, who demonstrate leadership and innovation in invasive species work, research, prevention and management in BC. There is a financial award of $1000 in conjunction with this Student Leadership Award, to acknowledge and support BC’s current and future leaders in the field of invasive species. The annual Student Leadership Award will be recruited through the academic and research community across BC. For more information on the Student Leadership Award, click here.
II. Anniversary Year Awards
The full suite of ISCBC Together in Action Awards, including five award categories and a gala event at the Annual Forum, will be held on Council milestone years (e.g. tenth, fifteenth, twentieth anniversary, etc.). Nominations will be received from the public and from Board Members. The five categories of awards include:
- Non-profit / Stewardship Organization
- Youth (ages 12 – 18) / Youth Groups
Each year there will be a nomination deadline and selection process. Nominations are open to all interested parties to nominate others, or to self-nominate. Submission require a completed nomination form and any other supporting documentation (i.e. photos, video, etc.) to the ISCBC.
Awards Review Process
Nominations will be categorized by ISCBC staff and sent out to a small review committee, using the established criteria and a ranking form. The Review Committee will be kept small and responsive (no more than five members) and include key staff, the Communications Committee Chair, a past ISCBC Chair and a current ISCBC Board member.