Win The Same Love Medal Gifted To Dr. Bonnie Henry!

November 25, 2020

Ever notice B.C. Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry wearing a lovely little medal on her lapel? It’s a Heart Shield, created by Victoria-based jewelry designer Talia Tanaka, and gifted to Dr. Henry to show deep appreciation and gratitude for her guidance as our top doc. More about Talia below, and a chance to win a Love Medals Heart Shield necklace ($189) of your very own! —Noa Nichol

Hi Talia! Please tell us a bit about yourself to start.

I grew up in Vancouver and now live on Vancouver Island with my son. From a young age, I was always interested in art and design. After completing a photography degree from ECUAD, I began working for a local jewelry company. That’s when I realized how much I enjoy metalsmithing. Shortly after, I moved to Japan where I taught myself more jewelry-making techniques and also came up with the concept of Love Medals. I care deeply about doing meaningful work. Love Medals a wonderful way for me to have creative expression while helping to bring more love into our world.

When, why and how did you start designing jewelry?

It was while I was living in Japan that I decided to set up my own jewelry studio when returning to Canada. Until that time, I would prepare by sketching out any and all ideas that came to mind; inspired by nature, markets, and “non-fashion” accessories, such as medals. Creatively speaking, I enjoy working with my hands and going through the process of visualizing a design and physically creating it. Spiritually speaking, I believe Love Medals is my calling: to help people celebrate love in all its forms. Life’s challenges and blessings, have brought me to understand how essential it is to see and honour ourselves and each other.

When did you launch Love Medals, and what’s the brand all about? What pieces do you currently offer, and what makes your designs unique?

I made my first official Love Medals collection in 2008, and put it on hold immediately after to pursue another career opportunity. I always knew I would return to Love Medals, and was able to relaunch last year in October. I believe love changes the world, person by person, action by action. I make Love Medals as a way for people to honour the love they see in the world and acknowledge the good people do. They are currently available as medals, pins and necklaces. Bracelets and earrings are coming soon! Love Medals are unique because they are a representation of your unique life story, your relationships and experiences. The intention with which the Love Medal is awarded defines the piece.

We hear you’ve got a famous fan in Dr. Bonnie Henry! Tell us about her Love Medal, please!

Dr. Bonnie Henry was gifted a Love Medal for Leadership; to show deep appreciation and gratitude for her guidance as Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia. I have a great amount of respect for Dr. Henry and am thrilled whenever I see her wearing her Love Medal on TV. It’s a wonderful acknowledgement in return, and I feel deeply honoured.

Win! A $189 Heart Shield Necklace By Love Medals!

We have a winner! Congratulations Jackie W. of Victoria, BC, who will receive a Love Medal Heart Shield necklace, with a custom-stamped certificate!


  1. Donna Weisgerber

    November 25th, 2020 at 7:49 am

    This is beautiful!

  2. Amanda

    November 26th, 2020 at 9:14 am

    The necklace is lovely! I really like the bronze colour.

  3. Jaclyn

    November 26th, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Love the bronze!

  4. Kristine

    November 26th, 2020 at 9:29 am

    I have gifted Love Medals to both family and friends. The true gift was when my son asked to gift them to his teachers. Talia’s heart is felt in every Love Medal we have gifted. 🖤
    Ps. The bronze is stunning!

  5. Susie McAdam

    November 26th, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Love the Sterling Silver! I’m @susie_mc78 on Instagram

  6. Janet M

    November 26th, 2020 at 9:53 am

    I love the sterling silver version. @asherares

  7. Christine McLuckie

    November 26th, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I would go with the bronze!

  8. Christine McLuckie

    November 26th, 2020 at 9:57 am

    @smeptor bronze.

  9. Christine Walters

    November 26th, 2020 at 9:59 am

    This is gorgeous… I would love love love the bronze one!!!

  10. Bryanda Smith

    November 26th, 2020 at 10:04 am

    I love the meaning as well as their beautiful look. Bronze is my favourite @breezymorgan

  11. Jessica

    November 26th, 2020 at 10:04 am

    The sterling silver is beautiful @letteredbyjes

  12. Jenna Morcom

    November 26th, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Wow, these are GORGEOUS!

    I really love both options! What a great giveaway.


  13. Carrie Andersen

    November 26th, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Love the silver! @carrieanne05

  14. Terry

    November 26th, 2020 at 10:27 am

    @terry.Schipper Instagram. Silver. Live in Maple ON 🇨🇦. Thanks

  15. Cheryl Germain

    November 26th, 2020 at 10:39 am

    I would choose bronze; beautiful! @cfgermain

  16. Stephanie LaPlante

    November 26th, 2020 at 11:15 am

    If I won, I would definitely choose the sterling silver. Such a beautiful necklace.


  17. Mary

    November 26th, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Sterling Silver @marylovestoronto

  18. Wave

    November 26th, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Such meaningful and empowering pieces of jewelry!✨ @worldofwave

  19. Wave

    November 26th, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Silver is a definite choice for me!

  20. Angelica Ruiz De La Torre

    November 26th, 2020 at 4:02 pm


    I love both of them, but if I have to pick one I’ll say sterling silver.

  21. Nicole

    November 26th, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Love that this necklace is Canadian!! Loving the sterling silver!! ❤❤

  22. Barb Minnick

    November 26th, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    For a change I would
    Love to show off the bronze necklace. I love the simple
    Design with the great meaning behind it

  23. Sylvia

    November 26th, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    I love them all, I feel there is always room in our hearts to show as much love as we can. These hearts came just at the right time. So beautiful

  24. Carole D

    November 26th, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    This is beautiful!, I would choose the Sterling Silver!

  25. Carole D

    November 26th, 2020 at 8:03 pm


  26. Debbie Kalar

    November 26th, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Beautiful necklace! I’d choose bronze 🤞🏼🤞🏼@debbiekalar

  27. Pnina

    November 26th, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Love the silver @xmontrealer4

  28. Pnina

    November 26th, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Love the silver @pnina44

  29. Laura

    November 26th, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Silver 🥰

  30. Marilyn Massoud

    November 26th, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    What a beautiful sentiment I would go with the silver medal

  31. Elizabeth Bryan

    November 26th, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    It’s hard to choose but I think I would pick up the sterling silver necklace ❤️ @lizzielou50 on Instagram

  32. Marylovespandas

    November 26th, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    The bronze is so gorgeous!

  33. Naomi

    November 27th, 2020 at 8:58 am

    These are absolutely beautiful. I would choose the sterling silver I believe and gift it to my amazing partner. My instagram handle is naomiloucks!

  34. Liezl Cudal Tan

    November 27th, 2020 at 9:16 am

    I find the bronze colour quite lovely

    Instagram: liezl_cudal_tan

  35. Jennifer Dalton

    November 27th, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Both are beautiful but I would choose the silver for myself. Really lovely, just like Dr. Bonnie Henry! I’m a big fan of her’s and have nothing but respect for how she handles herself in the midst of her stressful position right now. I love that she wears her lapel heart pin.
    Stay safe, everyone.
    Jen in Sidney, BC Canada 🇨🇦

  36. Allison Germain

    November 27th, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    I would choose the sterling silver. @allisongermain

  37. @_NATTY_B_

    November 28th, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    SILVER!! ❤️

  38. Morgan

    November 29th, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Love the bronze and notice Dr. Henry wearing hers

  39. Julie Barrett

    November 29th, 2020 at 6:56 am

    Love both but prefer the bronze! Thx for the chance to win! Entered on IG as @reviewzbyjewelz

  40. Tabby72

    November 29th, 2020 at 7:20 am

    I”d pick the sterling silver. @tabby_1972

  41. Iris N

    November 29th, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    I would choose the sterling silver.


  42. David Mc

    November 30th, 2020 at 10:31 am

    I’d pick the sterling silver. My IG is @davedranged

  43. Erin Millward

    November 30th, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    I’d love one in any metal! Bronze is my fav though!

  44. Erin Millward

    November 30th, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Gah! Bronze and my IG is @erinmillward

  45. Nancy

    December 1st, 2020 at 8:04 am

    So lovely. Love the bronze.

  46. Kellie Walsh

    December 2nd, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Beautiful! I would pick the silver.

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