Canadian musician Tom Cochrane, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Wilma Derksen, an advocate for victims of crime, are among the 12 outstanding people who will be inducted into the Order of Manitoba this year.
The order is Manitoba's highest honour and recognizes those who have benefited the social, cultural or economic well-being of Manitoba, outgoing Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee announced Tuesday.
An investiture ceremony will be held July 9 at the Manitoba legislature.
The 12 recipients are, in alphabetical order:
- Rachel Alao, who has helped newcomers to Canada as founding executive director and program director of Winnipeg's Helping Hands Resource Centre for Immigrants Inc.
- Chad Allan, a rock musician who played a pivotal role in creating two legendary Winnipeg rock bands, The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
- Karen Beaudin, a community resource co-ordinator who has increased support, understanding and respect for indigenous people in the workforce.
- Tom Cochrane, a multiple Juno Award-winning musician and humanitarian.
- Dian Cohen, an economist, broadcaster and author.
- Wilma L. Derksen, an artist and author who has supported and advocated for victims of serious crime since her daughter, Candace, was murdered in 1984.
- Dan Johnson, the founding executive director of the Manitoba Special Olympics.
- Sheldon Kennedy, a former NHL player who has become known for turning a history of sexual abuse into awareness and support for other victims.
- Donald R. J. Mackey, a Métis veteran who has ensured the sacrifices of First Nations and Métis veterans are never forgotten. He also established the Sgt. Tommy Prince, MM, Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps for inner-city youth.
- Mitch Podolak, the founding artistic director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
- Khhem Kamarie (Monica) Singh, a member of the Manitoba Ethnocultural Advocacy and Advisory Council, for actively supporting recent immigrants to Manitoba.
- Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks and a gold-medal-winning Olympian.