Presented to deserving members of the performing arts community in BC since 1984. The award is named in honour of Sam Payne, a well-known, well-loved and consummate actor. The words which were often used to describe Sam Payne’s personal qualities and his contribution to Canadian theatre, film, radio and television were: humanity, integrity and the encouragement of new talent.

2018       P. Lynn Johnson
2017       Christiane Hirt
2016       Kirk Caouette
2015       Garwin Sanford
2014       Veena Sood
2013       John R Taylor
2012       Deanne Henry
2011       Jerry Wasserman
2010       Linda Darlow
2009       Alex Green
2008       Babz Chula
2007       Jackson Davies
2006       Marie Morton
2005       Carol Whiteman
2004       Elizabeth Ball
2003       John Juliani
2002       Jane Heyman
2001       Ed Harrington
2000       Bernard Cuffling
1999       Lee Taylor
1998       Doris Chillcott
1997       Rae Brown
1996       Kathryn Shaw
1995       Micki Maunsell
1994       Dolores Kirkwood
1993       Norman Young
1992       Dorothy & Daphne Goldrick
1991       Dorothy Somerset
1990       Bev Fyfe
1989       Philip Keatley
1988       Dorothy Davies
1987       Jim & Kathy Johnston
1986       Joy Coghill
1985       Anthony Holland
1984       Pam Hawthorne