Awards of Excellence - Presentation of Awards

Awards Ceremony

Date and Location

The Awards of Excellence are typically presented each year in conjunction with the annual search and rescue conference, SARscene. If, for some reason, the SARscene Awards of Excellence Honour Banquet does not proceed as scheduled, the National Search and Rescue Secretariat will arrange an alternate date, occasion, and location to present the Awards of Excellence.


The Awards of Excellence will be presented to the recipients by Public Safety Canada.

Alternate arrangements

If a recipient is unable to attend the awards banquet, he or she may choose either to have another person in attendance accept the award on their behalf; or to have the award presented at another date and location (e.g. an annual meeting or awards ceremony associated with the recipient's employment or volunteer activities). The National Search and Rescue Secretariat will make every effort to accommodate alternate presentation options, but cannot guarantee that all preferences can be met.

Travel assistance

Each award recipient will be invited to travel to the awards banquet, including the cost of return economy air, road, ferry or rail travel, associated transfers, one night of accommodation, and a meal allowance. If the award is to be presented to a group or organization, travel assistance will be extended to one person identified as the representative of the group or organization. All travel expenses must be pre-approved by the NSS and adhere to the Treasury Board Travel Directive.

Posthumous awards

Should a recipient die before being presented with their award, or be selected for an award as the result of a posthumous nomination, a relative or other designated representative will be invited to accept the award on their behalf. Similar travel assistance will be extended to this representative to attend the awards banquet, as noted above.


Online publication

By accepting the nomination, award recipients agree that their award profiles, including possible photographs, will also be posted on this website. Names of award recipients will also be added to the following year's awards program guide.

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