More students will now be eligible to apply for a post-secondary award that recognizes contributions in support of inclusion, democracy and reconciliation, says the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
Previously, only those enrolled in a vocational or career program could apply for the Lieutenant Governor's Medal. However, after this week's announcement, students completing diplomas and degrees are now eligible.
"It is important to acknowledge the exceptional contributions of students attending our universities, colleges and other post-secondary institutions," said B.C. Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin. "Students are helping to create a more welcoming and supportive environment, standing up for those who are more vulnerable and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples."
In a press release, the ministry also said it would create a new youth advisory group, which will advise the lieutenant governor on youth issues. Minister of Advanced Education Melanie Mark said the changes help the lieutenant governor achieve its role of promoting history, culture and achievement in B.C.
"Education is transformative and students are rising to the challenge," she said in a press release. "I'm so proud that students are stepping up to the plate to be agents of change and are pushing the envelope both on campus and in our communities. This is an opportunity to celebrate the advocacy and leadership for those who are helping to build the best B.C."
British Columbia has approximately 427,000 students in the public post-secondary system in British Columbia, attending 11 universities, 11 colleges and three institutes.
• Find out if you're eligible to apply for the Lieutenant Governor's Medal here.
— Tri-City News Staff