Allister MacGillivray inducted to Order of Canada
Song of the Mira composer honoured for contributions to music
Allister MacGillivray, the man who wrote Song for the Mira, was inducted into the Order of Canada this weekend.
MacGillivray is being honoured for his contribution to Cape Breton's musical heritage. The bells on Parliament Hill in Ottawa will play the song Saturday. MacGillivray will be there with his family.
He wrote the song in the early 1970s and most Cape Bretoners can sing at least a few lines. The song has been immortalized by countless artists, including John McDermott
MacGillvray's many original works depict the traditional way of life for coal miners and fishermen.
Also inducted were Vice-Admiral Lawrence Murray of Bayswater, N.S., who was made a member for contributions to industry, commerce and business. His citation noted "his leadership in the public service and his regional and national voluntary commitments."
George Archibald of New Glasgow and Wisconsin was inducted for his work preserving wetlands and protecting cranes.