Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador is an order of civilian merit in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador . The award was introduced on May 24, 2001 and is given to civilians who have stood out for their special achievements. The number of annual medals is limited to eight. The lieutenant governor receives the award 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 Newfoundland and Labrador is intended to recognize current or former long-time residents of Newfoundland and Labradors who have distinguished themselves in a particular area through a high level of achievement and success for the benefit of the residents of the province. There are no restrictions on the number of members of the order, but no more than eight honors can be given 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. The council consists of the secretary of the provincial government, five persons appointed by the lieutenant governor, two members of the Order and four other persons. The advisory board meets at least once a year to make a preselection for the attention of the government and then, together with the government, to further downsize the list that is then submitted as a proposal to the vice-governor. Posthumous nominations are not permitted, but a deceased person can be accepted if their name has been proposed to the advisory board beforehand. The Vice-Governor, who is ex officio member and Chancellor of the 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 ONL to their name.
After membership of the Order, members will receive the Order 's insignia in a ceremony usually held in Government House in St. John's . The main emblem of the order is a gold medallion in the form of a stylized red pitcher plant , the official flower of the province. The picture side consists of marbled green enamel with a gold border and shows in the middle the shield of the arms of Newfoundland and Labrador , 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 blue, white and two shades of green. 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.