New West woman receives B.C.'s highest honour

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A New Westminster woman was among 13 “exceptional civic leaders” who were recently bestowed with the Order of British Columbia.

Deborah Abbey was among those who were recognized on Sept. 20 at Government House with the Order of British Columbia – the highest form of recognition the province extends to its citizens.

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Abbey, an author and media spokesperson who has been an early and steadfast champion for responsible and sustainable investing, has inspired some of the largest financial institutions in Canada to increase their financial due diligence through enhanced environmental risk analysis and disclosure, to reduce the impact of climate change on key areas of business.

“The work and generosity of these inspiring British Columbians will leave lasting legacies for the benefit of their communities and our province,” said Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin in a press release. “It is a privilege to be able to extend thanks in person to all new members attending the investiture ceremony at Government House.”

In addition to the Order of B.C., the province also awards the Medal of Good Citizens in recognition of citizen’s exceptional long-term service and contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward.

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