Retired general Rick Hillier has been named to the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Eight people, including retired chief of defence staff Rick Hillier, will be inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in February.

Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan announced the honours on Monday.

The investiture will be held at Government House in February.

Hillier, a native of Campbellton, became chief of defence staff in 2005. Before he retired in 2008, he became known for an outspoken and frank style, and since then has commented on defence policy and other issues.

Also named to the order:

  • Bridget Foster, the now-retired executive director of the Association of New Canadians.
  • Jane Green, a groundbreaking geneticist and medical researcher at Memorial University.
  • Margaret Kearney, a pioneer in promoting Newfoundland and Labrador's tourism industry and more recently an advocate for seniors' issues.
  • Colleen Kenney, a driving force with the Gros Morne Co-operating Association and a long-time promoter of Gros Morne National Park.
  • Gilbert Linstead, who played a key role with the Labrador Fisherman's Union Shrimp Company and in numerous circles in Labrador.
  • Sara Sexton, who became an advocate for gay rights and promoting tolerance for those with HIV, in the wake of her son Tommy Sexton's battle with AIDS.
  • Kevin St. George, for his contributions as a volunteer and business leader in Corner Brook.