Order of Nova Scotia 2013

The recipients of the Order of Nova Scotia were honoured at Government House Wednesday. (CBC)

Five Nova Scotians have been honoured for their contributions to the arts, medicine, science, business and social issues as they were invested into the Order of Nova Scotia Wednesday.

The five included Cape Breton singer Raylene Rankin, who died of cancer in September 2012. Her husband accepted her award as a pianist quietly played "We Rise Again" during the ceremony at Government House in Halifax.

The recipients on hand for the ceremony were: mineral expert Eldon Thomas George; philanthropist Fred George; heart surgeon Cecil Edwin Kinley and peace educator Hetty Margaretha van Gurp of Sydney.

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant was joined at the ceremony by Premier Stephen McNeil.

The recipients were selected by an advisory council from 100 nominations.