Given the continuing rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 and the age of many who will be ODNW recipients this year, and in consultation with the Re-opening Team, the lay leaders of the Diocese, the Archdeacons, and the Dean of the Diocese, I have decided not to go ahead with the regional ODNW inductions as previously planned. We will instead empower priests-in-charge and parishes to invest their nominees in their parishes, with parish leadership getting to choose the way they will do this, a way that works best for the parish and for their nominee.

Plan Elements

  • Parishes will be sent the ODCW medals, pins and copies of citations along with the options parishes have for investing their nominees.
  • Parishes will be strongly encouraged to induct their nominees on or around the Feast of All Saints.
  • Archbishop Melissa will provide a recorded sermon and the text of her ODNW sermon based on the lectionary readings for All Saints, 2020. We will also provide a bulletin for a Service of the Word that parishes may use at their investitures if they choose to do so.
  • The options for parish investitures are:
  1. Invest their nominee on Sunday, November 1st at an in-person service
  2. Invest their nominee on another date close to Sunday, November 1st.  This, for instance, may be a smaller in-person liturgy with only the nominee and their family members attending as well as some representatives from the parish and/or other ODNW recipients
  3. Invest their nominee at an online service
  4. Invest their nominee in some other way that needs to be shared with and approved by the Archbishop
  • We require that parishes not hold a reception after their investiture. A parish reception may be held at a later date after Provincial Health Officer’s restrictions are lifted.
  • We require that the person putting the medal on the recipient be someone in the recipient’s “bubble,” that is, a family member or someone else who lives with the nominee or has been included in the recipient’s “bubble.”
  • We will invest the Bishop’s nominees in their home parishes.  We will invest the honorary nominee at a place to be determined.
  • We ask parishes to take a picture of the nominee wearing their medal and send it to the Synod Office immediately after their investiture.  These pictures will be a part of the story that will be shared on the Diocesan website and in Topic.  We will provide more specific information about how and where to take the picture and how to send it to Diocesan Communications Officer Randy Murray when we share the ODNW sermon and the bulletin which may be used by parishes.
  • After the investitures, both Archbishop Melissa and the Regional Archdeacons will write a follow up note to every nominee to congratulate them on their investiture and to thank them for their service. 



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. 

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.


For more information about the ODNW - process and investiture event