Rescue Awards Criteria
Rescue Award Nomination Process
Anyone can make a submission to the Branch office to nominate someone for a Rescue Award.
Complete the Rescue Award Nomination Form and send it to the Society. Be sure to include a description of the rescue along with any newpaper clips or other media articles of the rescue.
Commonwealth Rescue Awards
Commonwealth Mountbatten Medal and/or Letter of Commendation
Awarded annually by the Commonwealth Council, the Mountbatten Medal honours the most courageous rescue in the Commonwealth. As only the medal is awarded, the Mountbatten Medal Letter of Commendation recognizes other outstanding rescues that were nominated for the Mountbatten Medal. Recipients must be a Lifesaving Society award holder.
The Russell Medal is given to a person 18 years of age or younger who, during the previous calendar year, carried out the most outstanding resuscitation or attempted resuscitation of a person. It was also suggested that anyone nominated for the award would be a member of either the Royal Life Saving Society or one of its affiliated clubs/ organizations anywhere in the Commonwealth.
The HRH Prince Michael of Kent Certificate of Merit
The HRH Prince Michael of Kent Certificate of Merit is given for outstanding acts of bravery in an aquatic environment by an individual(s) not eligible for the Mountbatten Medal or Russell Medal.
The Ireland Medal is awarded annually to an Irish citizen or person of Irish descent for the most outstanding aquatic rescue or rescue attempt anywhere in the world within the preceding two calendar years.
Note: Rescue personnel who perform in the course of their duty are not eligible for Commonwealth Rescue Awards.
National Rescue Awards
M.G. Griffiths Plaque
The M.G. Griffiths Plaque is the highest national Rescue Award presented by the Royal Life Saving Society Canada. Recipients have demonstrated exceptional skill, personal risk, and a high degree of bravery and courage. Recipients are Lifesaving Society award holders.
M.G. Griffiths Certificate
The M.G. Griffiths Certificate is the second highest national Rescue Award presented by the Royal Life Saving Society Canada. Presented to an award holder who, while using approved techniques, demonstrates significant personal bravery in an outstanding rescue attempt.
Rescue Commendation Certificate
The Rescue Commendation Certificate is a national Rescue Award presented by the Royal Life Saving Society Canada recognizing an outstanding rescue by a person who is not an award holder of the Society.
Note: Rescue personnel who perform in the course of their duty are not eligible for National Rescue Awards.
Alberta & Northwest Territories Branch Rescue Awards
Inaugurated in Alberta and the Northwest Territories in 2000. The Lifesaving Medal is awarded to a person involved in a rescue or attempted rescue of personal risk. Recipients have demonstrated presence of mind and skill of a meritorious nature.
Recipients may be awarded with a Bar for Bravery when the nature of the rescue placed the rescuer's life in considerable danger.
Recipients may be awarded with a Bar for Merit when the nature of the rescue placed the rescuer's life in some danger.
Rescue personnel who performed a rescue in the course of duty are eligible.
The Commendation Citation is a branch Rescue Award issued by the Lifesaving Society Alberta & Northwest Territories that may be awarded to a person who is deserving of recognition for a humanitarian act.