Order of Prince Edward Island
The Order of Prince Edward Iceland is a civil order of merit in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Iceland . The award was introduced in 1996 and is given to civilians who have stood out for their special achievements. The number of annual awards is limited to three. 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 Prince Edward Island is intended to honor current or former long-term residents of the Prince Edward Island province who have distinguished themselves in a certain area through a high level of achievement and success and thereby contribute significantly to the social, economic and cultural life of the province and its own Residents have contributed. Canadian citizenship is not required; Persons who are currently elected or appointed members of a public corporation are excluded. No more than three medals may be awarded annually.
The nomination process, with which suitable people are to be found, begins with proposals from the public to the religious council. The council consists of the President of the Provincial Supreme Court, the President of the University of Prince Edward Island , the Secretary of the Provincial Government, and two members from each of the three counties ( Kings County , Prince County , Queens County ). The government receives a preselection from the advisory board, checks it and forwards it to the lieutenant 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 members of the order then have the right to add the abbreviation OPEI to their names.
After membership of the Order, members will receive the Order's insignia in a ceremony at Government House in Charlottetown . The main emblem of the order, called the Medal of Merit , is a gold medallion. The face is made of enamel and shows the coat of arms of Prince Edward Island in the middle , surrounded by a blue ring with the inscription MERIT • PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND . The band consists of vertical stripes in green, white and rusty red; these colors symbolize the foliage and the typical color of the soil. 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.