KELOWNA – Nancy Lewis, from the Kelowna Community Corrections Office, is receiving a Corrections Exemplary Service Medal for 20 years of outstanding service.

Why this matters:

  • This year, 33 exceptional B.C. Corrections employees from the Ministry of Justice received the awards from the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, at a medal presentation ceremony at Government House on November 30.
  • The annual awards are presented to honour Corrections staff members who have reached milestones for exemplary service, beginning at 20 years for the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal and 30 years for the Corrections Exemplary Service Bar.
  • Six of the 33 award recipients received the Corrections Exemplary Service Bar for their service.
  • The awards are the most prestigious national decoration for corrections professionals in Canada.

Quick Facts:

  • The Corrections Exemplary Service Medal is awarded by the Governor General of Canada to deserving corrections staff upon the recommendation of the B.C. Corrections Branch.
  • The lieutenant-governor of British Columbia presents the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal and Corrections Exemplary Service Bar.
  • The medal recognizes exceptionally commendable service and is not to be used merely to recognize lengthy terms of service.
  • The first Canadian medal to recognize long and outstanding service in the public safety professions was the Police Exemplary Service Medal, created on August 12, 1982.
  • The second was the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal, created by Letters Patent signed by Her Majesty the Queen on June 11, 1984.


“Nancy Lewis has received one of the top honours that can be awarded in the corrections field. I offer my gratitude for her community service and my congratulations for this tremendous accomplishment.”

–          Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson

“Having visited various correctional facilities across the province, including the Surrey Pre-trial Centre, I understand how important corrections services are. As an expert in the field, Nancy Lewis has played a key role at the Kelowna Community Corrections Office.” 

-          Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart