Order of Nova Scotia
The Order of Nova Scotia is an Order of Civil Service in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia . The award was introduced on August 2, 2001 and is given to civilians who have stood out for their special achievements. No more than five 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 Nova Scotia is intended to honor current or former long-term residents of Nova Scotia who have distinguished themselves in a particular area through a high level of achievement and success and have thereby brought honor and prestige to themselves and the province. There are no restrictions on the maximum number of medal winners, but no more than five 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 religious council. This consists of a person appointed by the Prime Minister as chairman, the president of the Supreme Court of the province, the government secretary, the president of a university in that province and one person each who is appointed by the chairmen of the parties represented in the House of Representatives . All members must be resident in Nova Scotia. The advisory board meets at least once a year and makes recommendations to the provincial government. Together they determine a list of potential candidates for submission to the lieutenant governor. Posthumous nominations are permitted up to one year after the nominee's death. 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 ONS to their name.
After joining the Order, members will receive the Order's insignia in a ceremony at Government House in Halifax . The main emblem of the order is a gold medallion in the form of a heather plant, more precisely Epigaea repens , the official flower of the province. The picture side is made of white enamel with a gold border and bears in the middle the shield of the coat of arms of Nova Scotia , surmounted by the Edwardian crown as a symbol of the role of the Canadian monarch as a source of honor. The ribbon consists of vertical stripes in red, blue, gold 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.