For Prince George resident, John Scott, being a good citizen and giving back to his community is worth so much more than just a medal. “You don’t need to give away your life’s earnings, or really even your spare change to have a fulfilled life,” he said. “You just need to donate time to whatever cause you choose and anyone can do that.”
In its inaugural year, the Medal of Good Citizenship has been presented to Scott on behalf of the the Province of British Columbia. The award signifies Scott’s wide-ranging and selfless contributions to the community of Prince George, enriching the lives of youth, and focusing on the sacrifices made by others.
Scott joined the army in 1959 at the age of 16 as an apprentice soldier and says it was the rituals he learned being raised by World War Two and Korean veterans that kept on inspiring him to give back. “Later in life, I had realized just how much they had taught me and how much they had given me, so I wanted to give back,” he said,
His service to the community comes in the form of countless hours volunteering for organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43, 2618 Canadian Army Cadets, and Chairman of the Cadet League for Cariboo North. Scott is also President of the Northern BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping, as well as the current Vice-President of BC/Yukon Command with the Royal Canadian Legion.
MLA for Prince George-Valemount, Shirley Bond, says the award is given to 20 people across the province and John Scott was selected from over 200 nominations. “One of the things we admire about John is that he served his country, but that service has continued here, across the North, and throughout the province,” Bond said. “He is a significant member of the Royal Canadian Legion, but he also reaches out to support young people, cadets, and seniors as well.”
An emotional Scott told CKPG News, he never dreamed of this day. “I’m very grateful for Prince George and for the community that has embraced me and I thank them for this honour,” he said. “It’s a high honour, an unexpected honour, and I’m overwhelmed.”