Vimy Award Guidelines

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General Statement: The Vimy Award was initiated in 1991 to recognize, annually, one Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.

1. Significance: What the nominee has accomplished has resulted in a major improvement in Canada’s security and /​or in the preservation of Canadian democratic values. This could take the form, for example, of precipitating major policy changes which improve the nation’s security consistent with human rights, or of enhancing the name of Canada as a competent and determined proponent of a democratic world view. The latter could take the form of a major military or diplomatic success.

2. Outstanding: The accomplishment has been carried out in a truly extraordinary manner through the particular ability and persistent efforts of the nominee. For example, the contribution has been made despite significant difficulties or opposition, or the contribution is seen as particularly effective and farsighted.

3. Recognition: In the event of two or more nominees being considered of roughly equal merit, consideration should be given to the nominee who has not yet received significant recognition for his/​her contribution over one who has already received similar recognition.

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