Order of Canada: BC luminaires join the exclusive club

Eight British Colombians were appointed officers and 11 members, from cultural icons to world-leading scientists, educators, politicians and activists.

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Governor-General Mary Simon has released this year’s recipients of the Order of Canada, including some BC fixtures both well-known and lesser-known, which have made significant contributions to the country in a wide range of areas.

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Among those joining the exclusive club of about 7,500 Canadians are companions Yann Martel, the Saskatchewan author of Life of Pi, and Murray Sinclair, a former senator and First Nations lawyer who headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Indian housing schools. .

No British Colombians joined the highest rank of the Canadian Order this year, but eight were named officers and 11 members, from cultural icons to world-leading scientists, educators, politicians and activists. Here is the complete list:

OFFICER

Pieter Cullis (Vancouver): For his contribution to the promotion of biomedical research and drug development and for his mentorship of the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs.

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Connie J. Eaves (Vancouver): To advance our understanding of cancer development and of her national and international leadership in stem cell biology.

The Honorable David Ross Fitzpatrick (Kelowna): For his lifelong dedication to the cultural and economic development of Okanagan and for his leadership and conservation efforts in the region.

Margo Lainne Greenwood (Vernon): For her scholarship as a professor of preschool education and for her transformative leadership in indigenous health policy.

Donald Chisholm McKenzie (Sidney): For his expertise in sports medicine and for his groundbreaking research into the effectiveness of exercise as an intervention for breast cancer patients.

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Jean Riley Senft (West Vancouver): For her contribution to the sport of figure skating as one of Canada’s leading judges and promoter of fairer judging rules.

Verena Tunnicliffe (Victoria): For her unique contribution to marine science and for being a pioneer in the scientific exploration of the deep sea.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (North Saanich): For her continued commitment to improving the child welfare system and supporting indigenous peoples in BC

Diane Sowden was the executive director of the Children of the Street Society, which fights for solutions to child sex trafficking.
Diane Sowden was the executive director of the Children of the Street Society, which fights for solutions to child sex trafficking. Photo by Keith Fraser /PNG files

MEMBERS

Lily Siewsan Chow (Victoria): To preserve and promote the history of early Chinese immigrants to Canada and their contribution to the country’s social and economic development.

Janis Dunning and Jacques Lemay (Victoria): For their numerous contributions to art and to young artists in Canada.

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Walter N. Hardy (Vancouver): For his pioneering contributions to the fields of particle physics, materials science, and high-temperature superconductivity, as a prominent theorist and experimentalist.

Jane Heyman (Vancouver): For her long-standing contribution to Vancouver’s cultural landscape through her various roles in the theater sector.

Joy Kathryn MacPhail (Vancouver): For her pioneering contribution to politics and for her tireless advocacy for underserved and marginalized societies.

Ralph Nilson (Nanaimo): For his exemplary leadership as a university administrator and for his students’ advocacy and commitment to the reconciliation process.

David Roche (Roberts Creek): For his pioneering contribution to the field of disability art and for promoting acceptance, inclusion and diversity across Canada and the United States.

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Diane Sowden (Powell River): For her leadership in raising awareness and preventing sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and young people.

Curtis A. Suttle (Vancouver): For his innovative fellowship in marine virology and for his mentorship of the next generation of scientists.

Peter Zandstra (Vancouver): For his pioneering leadership in stem cell biotechnology and its subsequent innovative health and economic implications.

David Zussman (Victoria): For his contributions to public service management and policy making, as a scholar, public servant and in-demand consultant.

A complete list of recipients is available on the Governor – General’s website.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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