The Order of Canada is one of the highest civilian honours in Canada. Established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, the honour “recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.”
On Friday (June 28) Governor General David Johnston announced 74 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Some are new, and some are promotions within the Order.
Among those appointed:
Léa Pool for her achievements as a director and screenwriter of films that have earned her international renown.
Ross Porter for his contribution to the promotion of jazz music and for his support for Canadian jazz musicians.
Diane Morrison for her commitment to improving conditions for the homeless and marginalized in her community.
Shelagh Day for her contributions as an advocate and legal scholar, notably in her commitment to women’s rights issues in Canada.
René Angélil (husband of Celine Dion) for his achievements as a producer and agent promoting Quebec artists on the international stage, and for his philanthropy and commitment to numerous charitable causes.
Deepa Mehta for her contributions to film as a groundbreaking screenwriter, director and producer.
Margie Gillis (is promoted within the Order) for her contributions to contemporary dance as a performer, choreographer and educator whose artistic vision has continued to evolve and inspire.
Édith Cloutier for her contributions to improving the lives of urban Aboriginal people, notably through the Native Friendship Centre Movement.
Paul J. J. Cavalluzzo for his dedication to the pursuit of social justice in Canada, as a constitutional and labour lawyer.
Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
List of new appointments to Order of Canada – here