Etienne Gaboury, Crystal Kolt and Al Simmons invested into the Order of Canada on July 12
World renowned architect Etienne Gaboury, northern arts advocate Crystal Kolt and beloved entertainer Al Simmons will be invested into the Order of Manitoba on July 12.
Franco Manitoban Etienne Gaboury is one of Manitoba's most renowned architects. His works have brought the spirit of Manitoba and the Franco Manitoban community to national and international prominence.
Twirl your head in any direction and you're bound to lay eyes one one of his iconic designs, from the sweeping Esplanade Riel and Provencher Bridge to the St. Boniface Cathedral to the dramatic and glittering Royal Canadian Mint on the edge of town. He has also designed buildings around the world, including the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2010.
Serena Keshavjee, who teaches modern art and architecture at the University of Manitoba, feels it is a great honour that he's been invested into the Order of Manitoba.
"His Precious Blood Church is admired nationally," she syas. "Gaboury's buildings are thoughtful and always imbued with an element of organicism. Gaboury's buildings, including the Blue Cross and the St. Boniface Civic Centre and the Esplanade Riel have helped transform Winnipeg into an attractive city full of modernist architecture. It's ironic that just as he is given this recognition, the St. Boniface Civic Centre, one of his most important ensembles, looks like it might be demolished."
Crystal Kolt, musical director of the Flin Flon Community Choir, is recognized as a major force for the development of the arts in northern Manitoba. As Cultural Coordinator of the Flin Flon Arts Council, Kolt works tirelessly to encourage arts activity in the north.
"She's gained the confidence of the community in such a way that no one could ever imagine," enthuses Flin Flon Mayor George Fontaine.
"It's her can-do attitude to anything artistic. With everything that she's done, she's boosted confidence and boosted people's willingness to step forward and take roles they never saw themselves in before. It doesn't matter what she proposes. It's been a real morale boost for the community."
Al Simmons, the popular family entertainer, is also a recipient of the award. He is also being acknowledged for giving his time, talent and energy to support countless educational and charitable organizations.
The Order of Manitoba recognizes Manitobans whose demonstrated excellence and achievement have benefited the social, cultural or economic well-being of the province and its residents.
Fourteen Manitobans will be invested to the Order of Manitoba this year. The ceremony takes place at the Legislative Building July 12 at 4:00 p.m.