An artist’s conception of the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster medal

The Cathedral Chapter is proposing that an honourary order - the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster - recognize laity who have given exemplary service.

Dean Peter Elliott said that the Chapter, a group that includes the diocesan archdeacons plus representatives from each of the ten deaneries and the Cathedral, feel that people who do long service in their parish or for the diocese should be celebrated.

Under the proposal parishes would be invited to nominate one person per year for the honour. The bishop, in consultation with the Chapter, would appoint up to 20 Anglicans per year for the award. Names would be announced at the Diocesan Synod or at Pentecost.

Those awarded the honour would be invested with a medallion in September to wear at diocesan occasions, such as visits by the bishop, synods, and installations of new members of the Order. They would be entitled to put "ODNW" after their names, and upon the death of a member of the Order, the insignia could be placed on the casket.

Elliott said the plan has been inspired by the Order of Niagara in the Diocese of Niagara, Ontario. Council will consider the proposal further this month and in December.