More than 7 awards to honour our volunteers!
As volunteers, the members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA) receive no direct compensation for their support to the Canadian Search and Rescue Program, however in recognizing their important role in fulling our vision as an organization, we present distinction awards through our National Awards Program.
The Heroism Medal is the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary’s highest honour.
It is given to members of the Auxiliary in recognition of extreme skill in performing an assist or rescue that involves risk to the Auxiliarist’s life. This award recognizes heroism in the face of grave personal risk and which clearly stand out as above normal expectations. The individual must have exercised extreme skill, as opposed to superior skill required for the Medal of operational merit. Neither the assist nor the rescue need be successful. Only that the action required extreme skill and was performed or attempted at risk to the member’s life.
Exemplary Service Medal
The CCGA Exemplary Service Medal was created to honour the lifetime achievements of members whose contribution have been outstanding for the organization.
Operational Merit Medal
The Medal of Operational Merit is awarded to Auxiliarists in recognition of superior skill in performing an assist, or rescue, or other meritorious operational service.
The CCGA Leadership Medal is given to members of the Auxiliary in recognition of sustained professional and/or leadership achievements in operations or administration.
Humanitarian Service Medal
The CCGA Humanitarian Service Medal is presented to members of the Auxiliary and non-members who distinguish themselves by meritorious, direct participation in a significant act or operation of a humanitarian nature.
Service rendered in the act or operation being considered must meet the following criteria:
- Must be above and beyond normal duties;
- Must have major significance;
- Must have provided immediate relief; and
- Must have affected the outcome of the situation.
Administrative Excellence Medal
The Medal of Administrative Excellence is given to members and non-members of the CCGA in recognition of outstanding administrative achievement or service to the Auxiliary.
Long Service Medal
The CCGA service pins and medal are awarded to members who have contributed the corresponding years of service with the Auxiliary.
Distribution of the service pin and medal is the responsibility of each regional CCGA Board of Directors. Recipients do not have to be nominated. The pins are awarded annually based on the membership seniority list.
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