Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 30, 2011 09:19 ET

Governor General Announces 50 New Appointments to the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 30, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced today 50 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 15 Officers (O.C.), and 35 Members (C.M.). These appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

The Order of Canada, one of our country's highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 40 years, more than 5 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

The list of recipients, with short citations, and a backgrounder on the Order of Canada are attached. For more information on the Canadian Honours System, please consult our website at www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=5&lan=eng.

RECIPIENTS

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

André Bandrauk, O.C. North Hatley, Que. Science
William Buyers, O.C. Deep River, Ont. Science
The Honourable Herménégilde Chiasson, O.C. Grand-Barachois, N.B. Arts/Writing
Lorna Crozier, O.C. Saanich, B.C. Arts/Writing
Alain Lefèvre, O.C., C.Q. Montréal, Que. Arts/Music
Terence Macartney-Filgate, O.C. Toronto, Ont. Arts/Films
Denis Marleau, O.C., C.Q. Montréal, Que. Arts/Stage
Bob McDonald, O.C. Toronto, Ont. Communications
Maureen O'Neil, O.C. Ottawa, Ont. Public Service
Viola Robinson, O.C., O.N.S. Yarmouth, N.S. Social Service
Maureen Sabia, O.C. Toronto, Ont. Industry/Commerce/Business
Peter Alexander Singer, O.C. Toronto, Ont. Health Care
Annette Verschuren, O.C. Toronto, Ont. Industry/Commerce/Business
Hayley Wickenheiser, O.C. Calgary, Alta. Sports
Ronald G. Worton, O.C.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Ottawa, Ont. Health Care

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Arnold Aberman, C.M. Toronto, Ont. Health Care
Shirley Bear, C.M. Perth-Andover, N.B. Arts/Visual
Jeanne Besner, C.M. Calgary, Alta. Health Care
Anita Best, C.M. Norris Point, N.L. Arts/Music
John M. W. Bradford, C.M. Brockville, Ont. Health Care
The Honourable Patricia Carney, C.M. Vancouver, B.C. Politics
Vera Dewar, C.M. Stratford, P.E.I. Health Care
Joan Donald, C.M. Red Deer, Alta. Philanthropy
Frank Fagan, C.M. St. John's, N.L. Voluntary Service
Mary Lou Fallis, C.M. Toronto, Ont. Arts/Music
Edra Iles Ferguson, C.M. Toronto, Ont. Law
Jean-Claude Fouron, C.M. Montréal, Que. Health Care
Marie Gignac, C.M. Québec, Que. Arts/Stage
John H. V. Gilbert, C.M. Vancouver, B.C. Health Care
Malcom Gladwell, C.M. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. and Elmira, Ont. Communications
Dorothy Griffiths, C.M., O.Ont. Welland, Ont. Social Service
Paul Valdemar (Valdy) Horsdal, C.M. Salt Spring Island, B.C. Arts/Music
Frederick Hyndman, C.M. Charlottetown, P.E.I. Voluntary Service
Frederic (Eric) Jackman, C.M., O.Ont. Toronto, Ont. Voluntary Service
Ruth E. Kajander, C.M. Thunder Bay, Ont. Health Care
Josef Kates, C.M. Toronto, Ont. Science
Pierre Lavoie, C.M., C.Q., M.S.M. Saguenay, Que. Voluntary Service
Eugene Levy, C.M. Toronto, Ont. Arts/Film
Pierre Maranda, C.M. Québec, Que. Social Sciences
Robert Y. McMurtry, C.M. Picton, Ont. Health Care
Alvaro Morales, C.M. Kingston, Ont. Health Care
Larry Nelson, C.M. Moncton, N.B. Voluntary Service
Pierre Nepveu, C.M. Montréal, Que. Arts/Writing
Samantha Joan Nutt, C.M., O.Ont. Toronto, Ont. Social Service
Nino Ricci, C.M. Toronto, Ont. Arts/Writing
Bernard Saladin-d'Anglure, C.M. Québec, Que. Social Sciences
David William Shannon, C.M., O.Ont. Thunder Bay, Ont. Voluntary Service
David Staines, C.M., O.Ont. Ottawa, Ont. Education
F. Thomas Stanfield, C.M. Truro, N.S. Industry/Commerce/
Business
W. Brett Wilson, C.M. Calgary, Alta. Industry/Commerce/
Business

RECIPIENTS' CITATIONS

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

André Bandrauk, O.C.

North Hatley, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his pioneering work in attosecond chemistry.

William Buyers, O.C.

Deep River, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to condensed matter physics, particularly in the field of magnetism.

The Honourable Herménégilde Chiasson, O.C.

Grand-Barachois, New Brunswick

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the influence of Acadian culture as a poet, playwright, filmmaker, painter and lieutenant governor.

Lorna Crozier, O.C.

Saanich, British Columbia

Officer of the Order of Canada

For her poetry and for her mentorship of the next generation of Canadian poets.

Alain Lefèvre, O.C., C.Q.

Montréal, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the arts as a pianist and champion of Canadian music.

Terence Macartney-Filgate, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a cinematographer whose groundbreaking documentaries have been recognized in Canada and internationally.

Bob McDonald, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions, as a journalist and educator, to the public understanding of science.

Denis Marleau, O.C., C.Q.

Montréal, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the performing arts as an internationally renowned director.

Maureen O'Neil, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to international development, gender equality and human rights.

Viola Robinson, O.C., O.N.S.

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Officer of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the advancement of First Nations communities locally, provincially and nationally.

Maureen Sabia, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For supporting the advancement of women in the corporate sector, and for strengthening corporate governance.

Peter Alexander Singer, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to health research and bioethics, and for his dedication to improving the health of people in developing countries.

Annette Verschuren, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to Canada's retail industry and as a champion of corporate social responsibility.

Hayley Wickenheiser, O.C.

Calgary, Alberta

Officer of the Order of Canada

For her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of women's hockey.

Ronald G. Worton, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his sustained commitment to the development of health research innovation in Canada.

This is a promotion within the Order.

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Arnold Aberman, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to medical education and critical care practice in Canada.

Shirley Bear, C.M.

Perth-Andover, New Brunswick

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as a First Nations visual artist and cultural activist.

Jeanne Besner, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to health care through the professional development of the field of nursing.

Anita Best, C.M.

Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the preservation of Newfoundland's traditional culture and music.

John M. W. Bradford, C.M.

Brockville, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the field of forensic psychiatry, notably in the treatment of mentally ill offenders.

The Honourable Patricia Carney, C.M.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Member of the Order of Canada

For her public service as a journalist, politician and senator.

Vera Dewar, C.M.

Stratford, Prince Edward Island

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions in the advancement of nursing education in her province.

Joan Donald, C.M.

Red Deer, Alberta

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as a business and community leader and as a philanthropist.

Frank Fagan, C.M.

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a volunteer, community leader and philanthropist.

Mary Lou Fallis, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions, as a performer and broadcaster, in making classical music more accessible to Canadians across the country.

Edra Iles Ferguson, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For her pioneering achievements as a woman in law and politics, and for her advocacy of women's rights.

Jean-Claude Fouron, C.M.

Montréal, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the advancement of pediatric cardiology.

Marie Gignac, C.M.

Québec, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the performing arts as an actress, director, playwright and artistic director of Québec's Carrefour international de théâtre.

John H. V. Gilbert, C.M.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to health care as a leader in inter-professional education and practice.

Malcolm Gladwell, C.M.

New York, New York, U.S.A. and Elmira, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a journalist and author, and for his support of charitable causes.

Dorothy Griffiths, C.M., O.Ont.

Welland, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For her advocacy on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

Paul Valdemar (Valdy) Horsdal, C.M.

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Member of the Order of Canada

For his achievements as a folk musician and for his support of charitable causes.

Frederick Hyndman, C.M.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a volunteer and community leader locally, provincially and nationally.

Frederic (Eric) Jackman, C.M., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his generous support of and leadership in the arts, education, health care and public policy.

Ruth E. Kajander, C.M.

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For her dedicated service to mental health care in northwestern Ontario.

Josef Kates, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the development and application of computer technology in Canada.

Pierre Lavoie, C.M., C.Q., M.S.M.

Saguenay, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For his leadership and commitment to youth and for his support of research into hereditary diseases.

Eugene Levy, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a comic actor and writer, and for his dedication to charitable causes.

Pierre Maranda, C.M.

Québec, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to anthropology as a professor, researcher and expert on Melanesian ethnology.

Robert Y. McMurtry, C.M.

Picton, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his leadership and vision in helping to strengthen health care delivery in Canada.

Alvaro Morales, C.M.

Kingston, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to advancing the field of urology, notably in the areas of oncology and sexual dysfunction.

Larry Nelson, C.M.

Moncton, New Brunswick

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a volunteer and community leader in Moncton.

Pierre Nepveu, C.M.

Montréal, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to Quebec's literary circles as a poet, novelist, essayist, professor and researcher.

Samantha Joan Nutt, C.M., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to improving the plight of young people in the world's worst conflict zones, notably as a founder of War Child Canada.

Nino Ricci, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to Canadian literature as a renowned author.

Bernard Saladin d'Anglure, C.M.

Québec, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the understanding, promotion and preservation of Inuit culture as an anthropologist, professor and researcher.

David William Shannon, C.M., O.Ont.

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his advocacy on behalf of Canadians living with disabilities.

David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

Ottawa, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a champion of Canadian literature and mentor to young writers.

F. Thomas Stanfield, C.M.

Truro, Nova Scotia

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to rural economic development and community service in Nova Scotia.

W. Brett Wilson, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as an entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist.

ORDER OF CANADA BACKGROUNDER

Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the centrepiece of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country.

Motto and Levels

The Order of Canada's motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country). Her Majesty The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order, and the governor general is the chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.

Companion – Post-nominal: C.C.

Recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large

Officer – Post-nominal: O.C.

Recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large

Member – Post-nominal: C.M.

Recognizes a lifetime of distinguished service in or to a particular community, group or field of activity

Insignia Description

The insignia of the Order is a stylized snowflake of six points, with a red annulus at its centre, which bears a stylized maple leaf circumscribed with the motto of the Order, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country), surmounted by St. Edward's Crown.

Eligibility

All Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada, with the exception of federal and provincial politicians and judges while in office. The Order's constitution permits non-Canadians to be considered for honorary appointments. They may be considered for outstanding achievement that reflects honour on Canada and/or lifetime contributions to humanity at large. There are no posthumous appointments.

Officers and Members may be elevated within the Order in recognition of further achievement, based on continued exceptional or extraordinary service to Canada. Usually, promotions are considered five years after the first appointment.

Nominations

Any person or group is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as a candidate for appointment to the Order of Canada. Appointments are made on the recommendations of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, an independent council chaired by the chief justice of Canada. Members of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada reflect the diversity and excellence in Canadian society. Certain members are appointed by virtue of their office; others are appointed for a fixed term to achieve a balanced representation of the various regions of the country.

For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, visit the Honours section of our website at www.gg.ca.

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