Source: Sikh News Network
On July 6, 2005 the Sikh News Network reported, "In presence of the high dignitaries including Gordon Campbell, the Premier of British Columbia, Honourable Lance S.G. Finch Chief Justice of British Columbia, Ministers and Members of Canadian Parliament, Dr. Raghbir Singh Bains the compiler of the first of its kind 'Encyclopaedia of Sikhism' and Producer-Creator of 'Multimedia Sikh Museum' has been honored by the Lieutenant Governor of B.C. Iona Campagnolo with the highest honor of the 'Order of British Columbia' 2005. Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor praised the outstanding contribution of Dr. Bains and other recipients of this highest award who attributed towards strengthening the province in a variety of exceptional ways. She said, 'This year’s memorable class also boasts Dr. Raghbir Singh Baines whose reach extends across the great issues of our time to include an encyclopedic work on Sikhism and extend our shared understanding of the Sikh culture and religion that has been at home here in BC now for more than five generations.'"