The Lifesaving Society is composed of thousands of dedicated
volunteers. Annually, we recognize outstanding individuals with
Commonwealth Honour Awards.
Commonwealth Honour Awards recognize leadership
and dedicated service to the Lifesaving Society.
- The Certificate of Thanks honours
volunteers for significant contributions to the aims of the
- The Certificate of
Appreciation is awarded to an organization, club or
business that has made a significant contribution to the Lifesaving
Society at the provincial/territorial level and deserves
- The Service Commendation is to
recognize continuous service, contributions or achievement by
- The Service Medal acknowledges a
minimum of 5 years of noteworthy service as a volunteer officer or
- The Bar to Service Medal is
awarded to an instructor, examiner, field representative,
volunteer, Branch officer, or committee member who has an
additional four years or more (minimum of 8 total) of noteworthy
services as per the Service Medal criteria.
- The Service Cross honours meritorious
service to the Society over at least 15 years.
- The Bar to Service Cross is
awarded in individuals who have previously earned the Service Cross
four or more years previously and are active volunteers for the
- Honorary Life Member recognizes at
least 20 years' service involving activity at a provincial as well
as a national or international level.
- Volunteers with a minimum 25 years of meritorious and
noteworthy service at a provincial as well as a national or
international level may be recognized as an Honorary
- Commonwealth Vice President, the
highest award of the Society, is normally reserved for individuals
who have served on a National Council or the Commonwealth Council.
Others may qualify in exceptional circumstances.
- The HRH Prince Michael of Kent Certificate of
Merit was launched in March 2003 to commemorate 25
years that His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent has served as
the Society's Commonwealth President.