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HONOURS

Women's hockey pioneer Wickenheiser among 50 appointed to Order of Canada Add to ...

Pioneering hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser and global-health scientist Peter Singer are among 50 new appointees to the Order of Canada.

Governor-General David Johnston introduced 15 new officers and 35 members to one of Canada's highest civilian honours on Thursday. The decorated Ms. Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic medalist for Canada and the first woman to score a goal in a men's professional league, said she is "very honoured" in a video statement sent from Ghana.

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Dr. Singer, a leading expert in health research and bioethics, was chosen in no small part for his dedication to tackling health challenges in developing countries.

"I'm feeling humble and proud and good," he said. "My parents came to Canada as immigrants in 1956, and I was actually a Canadian citizen before they were. It's an amazing country of opportunity … and has a great contribution to make to the health of people in the developing world."

War Child Canada co-founder Samantha Nutt is being lauded for her efforts to help young people in dangerous conflict zones.

Former B.C. senator Pat Carney, once the international trade minister involved in negotiating the Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement, is recognized for her public service, and Mi'kmaq leader Viola Robinson, a former president of the Native Council of Canada, for helping advance first nations communities.

Writers Nino Ricci and Malcolm Gladwell both received a nod. So did science journalist Bob McDonald, host of the CBC program Quirks & Quarks, and Brett Wilson, the entrepreneur and philanthropist who also appears on the television hit Dragons' Den.

Toronto-based actor Eugene Levy earned the distinction for decades of on-screen work, most notably in comedic roles.

The new recipients join more than 5,000 people invested over 40-plus years - though no one was named a Companion of the Order, the highest degree of recognition.

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NEW OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA



Officers of the Order of Canada

André Bandrauk of North Hatley, Que., for his pioneering work in attosecond chemistry.

William Buyers of Deep River, Ont., for his contributions to condensed matter physics, particularly in the field of magnetism.

Herménégilde Chiasson of Grand-Barachois, N.B., for his contributions to the influence of Acadian culture as a poet, playwright, filmmaker, painter and lieutenant-governor.

Lorna Crozier of Saanich, B.C., for her poetry and for her mentorship of the next generation of Canadian poets.

Alain Lefèvre of Montreal, for his contributions to the arts as a pianist and champion of Canadian music.

Terence Macartney-Filgate of Toronto, for his contributions as a cinematographer whose groundbreaking documentaries have been recognized in Canada and internationally.

Bob McDonald of Toronto, for his contributions, as a journalist and educator, to the public understanding of science.

Denis Marleau of Montreal, for his contributions to the performing arts as an internationally renowned director.

Maureen O'Neil of Ottawa, for her contributions to international development, gender equality and human rights.

Viola Robinson of Yarmouth, N.S., for her contributions to the advancement of first-nations communities locally, provincially and nationally.

Maureen Sabia of Toronto, for supporting the advancement of women in the corporate sector, and for strengthening corporate governance.

Peter Alexander Singer of Toronto, for his contributions to health research and bioethics, and for his dedication to improving the health of people in developing countries.

Annette Verschuren of Toronto, for her contributions to Canada's retail industry and as a champion of corporate social responsibility.

Hayley Wickenheiser of Calgary, for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of women's hockey.

Ronald G. Worton of Ottawa, for his sustained commitment to the development of health-research innovation in Canada.

Members of the Order of Canada

Arnold Aberman of Toronto, for his contributions to medical education and critical-care practice in Canada.

Shirley Bear of Perth-Andover, N.B., for her contributions as a first-nations visual artist and cultural activist.

Jeanne Besner of Calgary, for her contributions to health care through the professional development of the field of nursing.

Anita Best of Norris Point, Nfld., for her contributions to the preservation of Newfoundland's traditional culture and music.

John M. W. Bradford of Brockville, Ont., for his contributions to the field of forensic psychiatry, notably in the treatment of mentally ill offenders.

Patricia Carney of Vancouver, for her public service as a journalist, politician and senator.

Vera Dewar of Stratford, PEI, for her contributions in the advancement of nursing education in her province.

Joan Donald of Red Deer, Alta., for her contributions as a business and community leader and as a philanthropist.

Frank Fagan of St. John's, for his contributions as a volunteer, community leader and philanthropist.

Mary Lou Fallis of Toronto, for her contributions, as a performer and broadcaster, in making classical music more accessible to Canadians across the country.

Edra Iles Ferguson of Toronto, for her pioneering achievements as a woman in law and politics, and for her advocacy of women's rights.

Jean-Claude Fouron of Montreal, for his contributions to the advancement of pediatric cardiology.

Marie Gignac of Quebec City, for her contributions to the performing arts as an actress, director, playwright and artistic director of Quebec's Carrefour international de théâtre.

John H. V. Gilbert of Vancouver, for his contributions to health care as a leader in inter-professional education and practice.

Malcolm Gladwell of New York and Elmira, Ont., for his contributions as a journalist and author, and for his support of charitable causes.

Dorothy Griffiths of Welland, Ont., for her advocacy on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and mental-health needs.

Paul Valdemar (Valdy) Horsdal of Salt Spring Island, B.C., for his achievements as a folk musician and for his support of charitable causes.

Frederick Hyndman of Charlottetown, for his contributions as a volunteer and community leader locally, provincially and nationally.

Frederic (Eric) Jackman of Toronto, for his generous support of, and leadership in the arts, education, health care and public policy.

Ruth E. Kajander of Thunder Bay, Ont., for her dedicated service to mental-health care in northwestern Ontario.

Josef Kates of Toronto, for his contributions to the development and application of computer technology in Canada.

Pierre Lavoie of Saguenay, Que., for his leadership and commitment to youth and for his support of research into hereditary diseases.

Eugene Levy of Toronto, for his contributions as a comic actor and writer, and for his dedication to charitable causes.

Pierre Maranda of Quebec City, for his contributions to anthropology as a professor, researcher and expert on Melanesian ethnology.

Robert Y. McMurtry of Picton, Ont., for his leadership and vision in helping to strengthen health-care delivery in Canada.

Alvaro Morales of Kingston for his contributions to advancing the field of urology, notably in the areas of oncology and sexual dysfunction.

Larry Nelson of Moncton, N.B., for his contributions as a volunteer and community leader in Moncton.

Pierre Nepveu of Montreal, for his contributions to Quebec's literary circles as a poet, novelist, essayist, professor and researcher.

Samantha Joan Nutt of Toronto, 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 of Toronto, for his contributions to Canadian literature as a renowned author.

Bernard Saladin d'Anglure of Quebec City, for his contributions to the understanding, promotion and preservation of Inuit culture as an anthropologist, professor and researcher.

David William Shannon of Thunder Bay, Ont., for his advocacy on behalf of Canadians living with disabilities.

David Staines of Ottawa, for his contributions as a champion of Canadian literature and mentor to young writers.

F. Thomas Stanfield of Truro, N.S., for his contributions to rural economic development and community service in Nova Scotia.

W. Brett Wilson of Calgary, for his contributions as an entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist.

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