From the Diocese of New Westminster website:
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. The Investiture Service takes places every other year.
What are the eligibility criteria?
- Member of the laity.
- 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.
- Service over a significant period of time.
- Each parish is permitted to nominate one person in each and every even numbered calendar year (Parish Nominee).
- Posthumous nominations are not accepted.
- 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.
- The Bishop may also nominate up to ten people to the Order (Bishop's Nominee) in recognition of particular service to the Bishop and to the Diocese.
When is the medal worn?
The medallion is 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.
Background on the Insignia
The insignia for The Order of the Diocese of New Westminster (ODNW) 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 from 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.
For the first ten years of the ODNW (2009-2018), 8 ODNW's were awarded to congregational members of St. Michael's Multicultural:
ELEANOR JONES (2009) (an Inaugural Member)
TERRY CUTFORTH (2010) (a life-long member of St. Michael's)
GREG TATCHELL (2014) (St. Michael's 125th Anniversary)
MICHIKO TATCHELL (2014) (awarded when she was a member of Holy Cross Japanese Canadian Church, Vancouver)
MOSES KAJOBA (2014) (Bishop's Nominee)
JAMES BALDO (2015) (the 1st ODNW awarded to a Filipino-Canadian)
BRIGETTE CASTRO (2016) (the 1st ODNW awarded to a Filipino-Canadian woman)
MARG CUTFORTH (2018) (the Cutforth's became the 1st couple at St. Michael's to both win an ODNW at St. Mike's)