City Awards

Freedom of the City

According to the Community Charter, Council may, by unanimous vote, confer Freedom of the Municipality on a distinguished person, or a distinguished unit of the armed forces of Canada or another nation.

Unless the council revokes the honour, a person given freedom of the municipality or the commander of the armed forces unit, as applicable,

  1. is deemed to be an elector of the municipality and is eligible to be registered as such and to vote in an election for mayor or councillor, and
  2. despite any other enactment, if the person is a Canadian citizen, is deemed to be qualified to be nominated, be elected and hold office on the council.

In addition to the privileged outlined in the Community Charter, in the City of Duncan Freedom Recipients are:

  1. Invited to attend all civic functions.
  2. Named first on the Voters’ List.
  3. Provided unrestricted parking in paid parking lots and 2 and 3 hour parking spaces.

Freedom Privileges Policy 

City of Duncan Freedom of the City

Scroll of Honour

The City of Duncan Scroll of Honour was developed to honour individuals who have given valuable service to the people of Duncan through voluntary work; this prestigious honour is just one step below Freeman of the City Award.

Applications to nominate someone for the Scroll of Honour are considered in October of each year with the award being presented at the Special Meeting of City Council on the first Monday of December.  Their names are also listed on the Scroll in City Hall.

Should you wish to nominate an individual to receive a Scroll of Honour, please submit applications to the Corporate Services Department by email: or mail/drop off to the City of Duncan, 200 Craig Street, Duncan, BC  V9L 1W3. Include your name and contact information, along with the name of the individual you are wishing to nominate, and an outline citing the reasons why you believe this individual should receive this award.

Persons being nominated must have a minimum of 15 years of community volunteer service in order to be considered and it is only bestowed on individuals (not groups).  Elected Officials, while in office, are ineligible.

Scroll of Honour Nomination Form

Scroll of Honour Policy

Scroll of Honour Recipients

Perpetual Arts Trophy

The Perpetual Arts Trophy recognizes one individual annually who has demonstrated excellence in the performing, literary or visual arts;

  • whose contributions to arts education have produced visionary creative work;
  • who has contributed significant time and effort to support a Cowichan Valley based artist or arts organization through volunteer service; or
  • who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the Cowichan Valley arts community.

The Perpetual Arts Trophy is open to all residents of Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

The City has partnered with the Cowichan Valley Arts Council (CVAC) to administer this award. CVAC will be accepting the nomination forms, reviewing the nominations and making up to three recommendations to City Council. Questions? Email or phone 250-746-1633.

Perpetual Arts Trophy Nomination Form

Perpetual Arts Trophy Policy

Perpetual Trophy for Excellence & Sportsmanship

The Perpetual Trophy for Excellence & Sportsmanship recognizes one individual or organization annually that has:

  • contributed significantly to sports in the Cowichan Valley;
  • demonstrated an outstanding degree of sportsmanship; or
  • contributed substantial time and effort to support sports through volunteer service.

The Perpetual Trophy for Excellence & Sportsmanship is open to all residents and organizations of Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

Perpetual Trophy for Excellence & Sportsmanship Nomination Form

Perpetual Trophy for Excellence & Sportsmanship Policy