Awards & Honors
Vernon Winter Carnival would not happen without the help of our amazing community. Annually the Vernon Winter Carnival Society presents prestigious awards to well deserving recipients who have been instrumental in the growth of Carnival.
Order of Jopo
The Order of Jopo is the highest honour that the Vernon Winter Carnival can bestow. Through the City of Vernon, it has been presented to visiting dignitaries, long time Carnival supporters, past Chairmen and honoured cities around the world. All recipients have shown tremendous Community Spirit and Commitment to Carnival and the community.
Longtime Carnival Supporters & Past Chairmen
Order of Jopo Dignitaries & Honoured Cities
Jessie Ferguson Award
The Jessie Ferguson Memorial Trophy is presented to a person or group in the community who has shown years of dedication to Carnival through support of events and/or volunteerism.
This Award was originally called the Chairman’s Trophy and was renamed in honour of Jessie Ferguson probably after her death in 1977 or before Carnival in 1978 (exact year unknown). Jessie and her husband, James, immigrated to Canada in 1927, moving to Vernon in 1947. She was one of the most active senior citizens in the community and was involved in at least 8 different volunteer organizations. She had, among other activities, put in more than 3,000 hours as a Cherry Red volunteer worker at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, served as president of the Canadian Legion Auxiliary and worked as a blood donor clinic volunteer. She was named Good Citizen for 1973. Jessie passed away August 15, 1977 10 days after her 80th birthday.