At IABC/BC, we applaud those who inspire, lead and generously give their time and expertise.
The Wave Awards program was created to recognize and celebrate our fellow communicators. Do you know someone who is a force of nature? A rising star? A leader who lights and leads the way for others? Someone with a passion for learning? An outstanding chapter volunteer? If you do, read on…
The Wave Awards are IABC/BC’s signature awards program, designed to recognize the people behind the great work in our chapter. Each year, we recognize communicators who have demonstrated excellence either in their day-to-day work, in their contributions to the chapter, in support of a community cause, or as part of a formal learning program. The Wave Awards also recognize achievements at different stages in a communicator’s career.
- Nominees must be current IABC/BC members at the time of nomination and at the awards event (June 20, 2019).
- Exceptions: SAIL award nominees do not need to be IABC/BC members, but they must be currently enrolled in a Communication-related program at a BC post-secondary institution and be a student on June 20, 2019.
- 2018-2019 IABC/BC board members are not eligible for the volunteering-related awards.
2019 Wave Awards categories
The Making Waves Award
- A junior to intermediate communicator generally with less than five years in the profession.
- Has distinguished themselves through their work in a communications role.
- Demonstrates an impressive understanding of communication strategy combined with creative implementation ideas, especially relative to their years of experience.
- An “up-and-comer” who will stand out as their career progresses.
The Lighthouse Award
- A senior communicator with 10+ years in the profession.
- The nominee’s experience and conduct has contributed to the overall positive reputation of the communications profession.
- May be a leader in an organization, and/or a leader in an aspect of the profession e.g. social media.
- Has shepherded an audacious communications plan or project, sometimes in the face of controversy, change or discord. The nomination can reflect the nominee’s work over the past year, or within a specific time frame.
The Ripple Effect Award
- A communicator with any level of experience who has used their communication skills to support a community organization or cause in a non-paid role.
- Has made a significant impact with the organization, cause or targeted audience with whom they volunteer their time.
- Is a role model for other professional communicators.
- Inspires others to engage in volunteer service.
SAIL Award (Student Advancing in Learning)
- A student who is currently enrolled in a communications education program in British Columbia.
- Through their coursework, demonstrates an eagerness to learn and shows promise in the profession.
- Above and beyond their work in the classroom, challenges themselves and others to innovate and collaborate.
- Not required to be an IABC member to be eligible.
- Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by others.
The SAIL Award recipient will receive a $750 bursary plus a student membership, or $50 towards a transitional membership.
New Navigator Award
- An outstanding IABC/BC chapter volunteer who has been volunteering for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4-5 years.
- Someone who has gone out of their way to connect with members, contribute their time and share their knowledge.
- Has made major contributions to the chapter during their time volunteering and created significant benefits for our membership within the last year
- A person who has demonstrated passion for and an understanding of the communications profession.
Long Beach Award
- A communicator who has made significant and creative contributions to IABC/BC.
- Has a long history as an IABC/BC chapter volunteer (i.e. more than five years).