In 2020, six Archdeaconry Investiture Services will be held as follows:


Saturday, 17 October 2020

10:00 am, Archdeaconry of Lougheed at St Dunstan, Aldergrove

2:00 pm, Archdeaconry of Fraser at St Mark, Ocean Park


Saturday, 7 November 2020

10:00 am, Archdeaconry of Westminster at Holy Trinity Cathedral, New Westminster

2:00 pm, Archdeaconry of Vancouver at St Mary, Kerrisdale


Saturday, 5 December 2020

10:00 am, Archdeaconry of Capilano at St Catherine, Capilano

2:00 pm, Archdeaconry of Burrard at St James, Vancouver


What is the Purpose of the Order?

The purpose of the Order is to honour and give special recognition to lay members of the Diocese who have given outstanding service over a significant period of time in their volunteer ministry. The Investiture Service takes places every other year

What are the eligibility criteria?

  1. Member of the laity.
  2. Service in a volunteer capacity in the parish, and/or a number of parishes (on committees, parish councils, in special outreach, parish activities), and/or at the Diocesan level.
  3. Service over a significant period of time.
  4. Each parish is permitted to nominate one person in each and every even numbered calendar year (Parish Nominee).
  5. Posthumous nominations are not accepted.
  6. Nominees must accept their nomination, be willing to have their names recorded in the Register of the Order, and consent to publicity of their investiture including publication of their photograph.
  7. The Bishop may also nominate up to ten people to the Order (Bishop’s Nominee) in recognition of particular service to the Bishop and to the Diocese. 

 What is the special 2020 ODNW Nomination Process for Parishes?

These are the revised steps in light of the current Covid19 situation. This process allows nominations to be submitted electronically by email, save for the posting of a cheque for the processing fee. We also ask that in gathering the information you observe all social distancing and isolation requirements: to assist with this, requirements for signatures and hard copy documents have been eliminated. If you have questions please contact Bill Siksay, Executive Assistant to the Archbishop’s Office, at

Please note: If your parish submitted a hard copy nomination prior to March 18, 2020 you are not required to engage these steps. You should have received an acknowledgement that your nomination was received and has been processed. Please contact Bill Siksay if you have questions.

Steps 1 through 8 must be completed by May 29, 2020.

Step 1
Nominations may be made by any member in good standing of a parish to the Rector or Priest-in-Charge.

Step 2
All nominations are reviewed and approved by the Rector/Vicar or Priest-in-Charge, who in consultation with the Churchwardens, will choose not more than one nominee.

Step 3

The Rector/Vicar or Priest-in-Charge will contact the nominee by phone, email or text message to confirm that they accept the nomination and that they consent to the publication of their photograph and the details of their service to their parish and the diocese.

Step 4
The Rector/Vicar or Priest-in-Charge will send an email addressed to the Archbishop and emailed to indicating the name of the nominee, the name of the nominator, the names of the Churchwardens who concur with the nomination, and that the nominee has been contacted, accepts the nomination and consents to the publication of their photo and details of their service. Indicate the name of the parish and the Rector’s or Priest-in-Charge’s name on the email as well. Please be sure to copy the Churchwardens and nominator on this email. Your email will be acknowledged by Bill.

Step 5
The Rector/Vicar or Priest-in-Charge, or a Churchwarden, or a person designated by them, will send an email to with the following information:
The nominee’s given names.
The nominee’s surname.
The title preferred by the nominee (i.e. Mr/Ms/Mrs/Dr).
The name the nominee normally uses (i.e. Dorothy prefers “Dot”; Franklin prefers “Frank”).
The name of the parish making the nomination.
The full postal address of the nominee (street number/street name or box number, town/city, postal code).
The nominee’s home phone, work phone, and mobile phone numbers.
The nominee’s email address.

Does the nominee have any special needs at the Investiture Service? Please indicate if they use a walker or cane, have sight or hearing issues, will require a family member or friend to accompany them to the stage, will require a family member or friend to remain with them on stage, or any other information that will ensure their ability to participate in the Investiture Service. Please note that the venue, The Massey Theatre, is accessible, and there are no stairs to climb to access the stage.

Your Step 5 email will be acknowledged by Bill Siksay.

Step 6
The Rector/Vicar or Priest-in-Charge, or a Churchwarden, or a person designated by them, will write a narrative biography (i.e. no bullet points but using full sentences) of the nominee, focusing on their parish and diocesan service. Dates of that service should be included where possible. This bio should be no more than 450 words. This biography becomes part of the official record of the Order. The completed biography should be sent to Bill Siksay attached as a Word document. Your email will be acknowledged by Bill.

Step 7
The Rector/Vicar or Priest-in-Charge, or a Churchwarden, or a person designated by them, will write a Citation for the nominee which will be read at the Investiture Service. This should be in narrative form (i.e. no bullet points) and convey the personality of the nominee. This citation must be no longer than 80 words. Citations that are longer than 80 words will be returned. We reserve the right to edit citations. The completed citation should be emailed as a Word document to Bill Siksay. Your email will be acknowledged by Bill.

Examples of past citations can be found on the diocesan web site under "ODNW" (please look at the listings for the 2018 Investiture Service).

Step 8
The Rector/Vicar or Priest-in-Charge, or a Churchwarden, or a person designated by them, will send a cheque for the $35 processing fee payable to the “Diocese of New Westminster”. Please note “ODNW” in the memo line of the cheque. Mail the cheque to:

c/o Bill Siksay
1410 Nanton Avenue
Vancouver BC V6H 2E2.

Step 9
The Rector/Vicar or Priest-in-Charge, or a Churchwarden, or a person designated by them, will submit a digital photo of the nominee. This photo is not for publication but becomes part of the file and is used to help identify investees at the Investiture Service. If a photo is not easily available and if it cannot be obtained observing social distancing and self-isolation requirements, this step can be deferred beyond the May 29, 2020 deadline. The photo should be emailed to

Step 10
After the nomination information is received in the Archbishop’s Office and at the close of the nomination period, all nominations will be reviewed by the Bishop’s Selection Committee. The full list of nominees is then presented to Diocesan Council at the first opportunity after the nomination deadline and the Selection Committee meeting. Nominees will be informed of the completion of this process.

Hold the date
Please ensure that your nominee holds the date of your Archdeaonry's Investiture Service in their calendar. 

Thank you!


Background on the Insignia
The insignia for The Order of the Diocese of New Westminster is a round medallion featuring the official badge of the Diocese in full coloured enamel struck by Pressed Metal Products of Vancouver. The badge was granted by the Chief Herald of Canada on May 15th, 2007. The colours and many of the symbols on the badge are derived form the coat of arms of the Diocese, granted more than half a century ago. The colours blue and gold are the main colours in the coat of arms and in the badge represent both heaven, and the sea and the riches of the Spirit. The Christian cross takes the form found on the medieval coat of arms attributed to St Edward the Confessor and long associated with Westminster Abbey. In the badge another symbol of St. Edward, the small birds, are given a Canadian flavour with tails ending in a maple leaf shape, fitting for a Canadian Anglican diocese. The wavy white line symbolizes both the ocean and the river which surround much of the Diocese as well as the waters of baptism.
The insignia hang from a special blue gold and white silk ribbon, designed by two leading experts in Canadian symbols, Dr. Christopher McCreery and Major Carl Gauthier, and woven by the famous English firm of Toye Kenning.

When is the medal worn?

The medallion i s to be worn around the neck on the special blue, white and gold ribbon. It is appropriate for members of the Order to wear the medallion at special occasions, in parishes, or at the Diocesan level. Examples of this would be a worship service or event where the Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is present, at Synod or Diocesan Services & events and at the installation of New Members to the Order.
In addition to the medallion the members of the Order are given a small lapel pin that can be worn with everyday dress.


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