Brenda Martens has been appointed to the Order of British Columbia.

Brenda Martens, a member of Light House’s board of directors and contributor to many notable building projects in BC, has been appointed to the Order of British Columbia for her work on sustainability in the building industry.

The Order represents the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens, and recognizes “those persons who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of the Province or elsewhere.” Appointments to the Order are made by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Advisory Council.

In their summary, the Council cited her work on some of BC’s largest projects, such as the Athletes’ Villages, as well as some of the more modest, including BC Housing residences across the province. Also noted by the Advisory Council were the “extraordinary lengths” that Brenda has gone to in order to reduce her personal environmental footprint – to participate in the 2013 World Masters Games in Torino Italy and avoid the carbon emissions associated with flying, she took six days to cross North America from Vancouver to Wilmington South Carolina by train, 11 days to cross the Atlantic on a freighter as the only passenger with a crew of 24, and another week to cross Europe by train (with stops) from Antwerp Belgium to the games in Torino.

Brenda has received national recognition with the Volunteer Leadership Award (2013) from the Canada Green Building Council, and was named a LEED Fellow (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in 2012, one of only 10 Canadians and 226 individuals worldwide to be so honoured at that time.

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