John Jansen is the sixth recipient of the Order of Chilliwack. His contributions to the community span several decades and make him a deserving recipient of the award. The Order of Chilliwack medal was presented to John Jansen at Chilliwack City Hall on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
About the Order of Chilliwack
The Order of Chilliwack was established in 2001 and is an award granted by Chilliwack City Council to deserving citizens or groups in the community. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding achievements or long-term contributions to the community.
About John Jansen
John Jansen is an advocate for education, arts, healthcare, and economic development and has been actively serving the citizens of Chilliwack for four decades. He has served as Trustee and Treasurer of the Chilliwack General Hospital Board; Chair of the BC Milk Marketing Board; Alderman and Mayor for the City of Chilliwack; Chair of the Fraser-Cheam Regional District; Member of the Legislative Assembly for BC including appointments as Minister of Health, Minister of Finance, and Minister of International Business and Immigration; and more.
In both his role as President and as Director of Special Projects for the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation, John Jansen played an integral role in Chilliwack’s growth. From attracting new businesses to the city to his work on the purchase of more than 200 acres to create Canada Education Park after the closure of the Canadian Forces Base, John Jansen has helped provide countless local job opportunities and stimulated economic growth in Chilliwack.
The health of the community has often been the forefront of John Jansen’s work, both during his time as Minister of Health, and as President of the Chilliwack Hospital Foundation, through which he has helped raise millions of dollars for Chilliwack General Hospital and to support and expand health services in Chilliwack.
John Jansen has been recognized for his work on many prior occasions. Some of his previous awards include the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International, a fellowship from the General Accountants Association of Canada, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UFV.