Order of Manitoba
The Order of Manitoba is a civil order of merit in the Canadian province of Manitoba . The award was introduced on July 4, 1999 and is given to civilians who have stood out for their special achievements. No more than eight people are awarded this medal each year. The lieutenant governor receives it automatically when he is sworn in and is also the chancellor of the order during his term of office.
Structure and appointment
The Order of Manitoba is designed to recognize current or former long-time residents of Manitoba who have demonstrated a high level of achievement and success in a particular area and thereby promoted the social, cultural, and economic well-being of the province and its people. There are no restrictions on the maximum number of medal winners, but no more than eight people can be honored per year. Canadian citizenship is required; Persons who are currently elected or appointed members of a public corporation are excluded.
The nomination process, with which suitable people are to be found, begins with proposals from the public to the secretariat of the religious council. This consists of the President of the Provincial Supreme Court, the Secretary of State, the Presidents of the University of Manitoba , Brandon University and the University of Winnipeg (who rotate every two years) and no more than four members of the Order, one of whom is Chairman acts. The Council of the Order meets at least once a year and makes recommendations to the Vice Governor. Posthumous nominations are not permitted, but a deceased person can be honored if their name has already been proposed to the religious council. The Vice-Governor, who is ex officio a member and Chancellor of the Order's Advisory Council, announces the appointment with an instruction that is sealed with the Great Seal of the Province. The new order members then have the right to append the abbreviation OM to their names.
After being accepted into the Order, members will receive the Order's insignia in a ceremony at Government House in Winnipeg . The main emblem of the order is a gold medallion in the shape of a stylized crocus , the official flower of the province. The face is made of white enamel with a gold border and bears the coat of arms of the coat of arms of Manitoba in the middle , surmounted by the Edwardian crown as a symbol of the role of the Canadian monarch as a source of honor. The band consists of vertical stripes in red, blue and white. Men wear the medal attached to the collar at the end of the ribbon, women wear it on a bow on the left breast. For less formal occasions, members receive a pin.