Service Awards Criteria

Commonwealth Service Awards

Commonwealth Service Awards recognize a Lifesaving Society volunteer's length of noteworthy service and dedication to the Society's mission and mandate.

Under the auspices of our patron Her Honour the Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Lifesaving Society honours those who have helped promote the goals of the Society.

Honorary appointments are reserved for those who have given outstanding service to the Society and acknowledge long-term service excellence. Awards are presented annually at the Investiture of Lifesaving Honours.

Certificate of Thanks:

  • To recognize service, contributions or achievement by individuals, club, schools, organizations, etc.
  • For short-term service or one-off contributions to Society Activities.

Service Commendation:

  • To recognize continuous service, contributions or achievement by individuals.
  • Made a significant contribution within an active volunteer role.
  • Minimum of two (2) years involvement or service.

Commonwealth President's Award:

  • To recognize the exceptional service or contributions of organizations, clubs, schools, etc.
  • Not available to individuals.
  • To recognize significant contributions made to the operations of the Royal Life Saving Society.

Service Medal:

  • Available only to individuals.
  • Minimum of four (4) years involvement or service in an active volunteer role.
  • Performed outstanding service as an active.

Bar to Service Medal:

  • Available only to individuals who are active volunteers and have earned the Service Medal four (4) or more years previously.
  • Minimum eight (8) years of involvement or service.
  • Performed outstanding service as an active volunteer.

Service Cross:

  • Available only to individuals who have previously earned a Service Medal and a Bar to Service Medal.
  • Minimum of 12 years service or involvement as an active volunteer.
  • Performed outstanding service as an active volunteer.

Bar to Service Cross:

  • Available only to individuals who are active volunteers and have earned the Service Cross four or more years previously.
  • Minimum 16 years involvement or service.
  • Performed outstanding service as an active volunteer.
  • Can be awarded every four (4) years if the individual is not eligible for the next level of honour but must maintain level of service or involvement.

Commonwealth Honourary Life Member:

  • Nominees must be exemplary representatives of the Society and contributed in a substantial and measurable way to the Society's mission.
  • Available only to individuals who have previously earned the minimum of a Service Cross.
  • Minimum of 20 years active service or involvement.
  • Usually reserved for a member of a National or Commonwealth Committee who has given outstanding service to the Society.
  • Nominations for this award for candidates who have not served on a National or Commonwealth Committee will be reviewed by the Commonwealth Management Committee and are not subject for automatic ratification.  

Commonwealth Honourary Life Governor:

  • Nominees must be exemplary representatives of the Society and contributed in a substantial and measurable way to the Society's mission.
  • Available only to individuals who have previously earned an Honourary Life Member.
  • Minimum of 24 years active service or involvement.
  • Usually reserved for a member of a National or Commonwealth Committee who has given outstanding service to the Society.
  • Nominations for this award for candidates who have not served on a National or Commonwealth Committee will be reviewed by the Commonwealth Management Committee and are not subject for automatic ratification.

Commonwealth Vice President:

  • This is the Society's highest Honour and is available to individuals who have given outstanding and exemplary serviec to the Society over a long period of time.
  • Available only to individuals who have previously earned a Commonwealth Honourary Life Governor and have been a member of a National or Commonwealth Council.
  • Minimum of 28 years active service or involvement.
  • National Presidents and Honourary Commonwealth Officer positions present or past may be eligible for consideration for this Honour if they have been involved with the Society for a considerable period of time and if their contribution to Society activities has been of outstanding and exemplary nature. Nominations fo rthese individuals must be approved by the National Branch, RLSS Honours Selection Committee and Commonwealth Management Committee.
  •  Nominations for this award for candidates who have not served on a National or Commonwealth Committee will be reviewed by the Commonwealth Management Committee and are not subject to automatic ratification.

Commonwealth Service Order:

  • A past or present professional officer or a member of staff of a Member Branch who has supported and assisted the activities of the Commonwealth Headquarters and or provided development support to lifesaving organisations in other Commonwealth nations.
  • Minimum of five (5) years continuous and outstanding service.

Commonwealth Honourary Life Member:

  • Available only to individuals who have previously been awarded a Commonwealth Service Order and whose contributions have continued towards Commonwealth Headquarters and or lifesaving organisations in other Commonwealth Nations.
  • Minimum of 10 years service.
  • Can be awarded every five (5) years.

ADDITIONAL NOTES ON CRITERIA:

Nomination period: Service should be calculated to the end of the previous year in which the nomination is to be made, e.g. for 2016 Honours, number of years service is up to Dec. 31, 2015.

Length of Service: Length of time for active service or involvement should be continuous, although flexibility may be given where there has been an explained break in service.

Active volunteer roles: Active volunteer involvement or service can be undertaken as a qualified lifeguard performing volunteer duties, instructor, examiner, trainer, coach, official, commission or committee member, director, officer or other representative of the Society. During the time period specified involvement or service could be carried out in several roles.

Outstanding Definition: Performed ongoing exceptional and meritorious service during the period stated by representing the Society in a professional manner. Promotes the Society in its mission, vision and values throughout the period of service and or furthers the work of the Society.

Starting age for service: Service may be taken from the age of 12 years providing all the criteria is met regarding service, contributions or achievement by individuals.

Alberta & Northwest Territories Service Awards

Lifesaving Medal for Service
Inaugurated in Alberta and the Northwest Territories in 2000. The Lifesaving Medal for Service is awarded for an acceptable level of conspicuous service to the Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch of the Lifesaving Society.

Honorary Associate Award
The Honorary Associate Award is used to recognize deserving recipients in the community. This recognition is awarded annually.

 

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