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Five First Recipients of The People's Order of British Columbia

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In autumn of 2011 The Tyee invited readers to nominate and vote on their choices for a new award: The People's Order of British Columbia. The origins of the idea are explained here. The first nominees are listed here. And the five first winners are announced here. This series profiles each winner.

Special pins for People's Order of British Columbia winners provided by the good folks at Ultimate Promotions.

In This Series


Former premier Dave Barrett

Dave Barrett's Rich Legacy to British Columbians

Forty years ago today he was elected BC's first NDP premier. Last year you voted him The People's Order of BC.

By David P. Ball, 30 Aug 2012


Alexandra Morton, 600 pixels

Alexandra Morton's Fight for BC's Iconic Salmon

Her crusade is 'fueled by love.' Second in a series on People's Order of BC winners voted by Tyee readers.

By Amanda Sage, 31 Aug 2012


May Apsassin

May Apsassin's Gift of Wisdom

In the Peace, generations learn from a revered elder. Third in a series on People's Order of BC winners voted by Tyee readers.

By Kyla Corpuz, 6 Sep 2012


Hartley Bay

The Spirit of Hartley Bay's People

The little village that saved the ferry passengers honoured by People's Order of BC. Fourth in a series.

By Robyn Smith, 7 Sep 2012



Jean Swanson's Advocacy for Vancouver's Impoverished

Decades of activism in the Downtown Eastside earned her the People's Order of BC from Tyee readers. Last in a series.

By Ben Christopher, 10 Sep 2012