Bravery Award: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Medal of Bravery?

The Medal of Bravery is a provincial program to recognize persons who have risked their own lives or safety in assisting another person or protecting property; demonstrating acts of bravery, including bravery beyond that expected of them in their course of employment or service to the public.

Who is eligible for the Medal of Bravery?

The nominee must have performed an act of bravery within the meaning of the legislation.

The incident need not have taken place in Nova Scotia, and the nominee need not be Nova Scotian, but Nova Scotia’s interests must be involved.

Should I nominate someone for the Medal of Bravery?

You should nominate anyone risking their own life or safety to assist another person or protect property, beyond what is expected of them in their course of employment or service. It is a deliberate choice to go from a place of safety to danger or remain in a perilous position to provide help. The act of bravery should demonstrate bravery at a level to warrant receiving recognition at the provincial level.

What does the recipient of the Medal of Bravery receive?

At a formal ceremony, the Premier of Nova Scotia presents each recipient with a medal in the form of a medallion, a lapel pin and a citation. The medal bears silver to symbolize peace and sincerity, the lion rampant which symbolizes dauntless courage, the weaving banner symbolizes the sea and celebration, the laurel leaves symbolize peace and triumph and the blue velour of the award presentation case symbolizes truth and loyalty.

Recipients of the medal must wear the lapel pin and utilize the initials M.B.N.S. in accordance with other legislation.

How do I nominate someone?

Where the awarding of a medal of bravery is contemplated the nominator will submit a nomination form to the Provincial Secretary by May 1st of each year. It is recommended that nominations be submitted within a reasonable amount of time after the act of bravery has occurred. The legislation provides that the act of bravery must have occurred after January 1, 2007.

How are recipients chosen?

The Advisory Committee shall convene a meeting on or before August 30th each year to determine whether a person nominated is to be considered to receive a Medal; determine whether the case constitutes bravery within the meaning of the Act and warrants provincial recognition; compile and submit to the Provincial Secretary a list of those nominees who, in the opinion of the Committee, are so eligible.

The appropriateness of awarding a Medal of Bravery is dependent upon the circumstances of each act of bravery and whether it constitutes bravery within the meaning of the Act.

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