World-renowned concert pianist and composer Anton Kuerti leads the list of 25 people who will be invested into the Order of Ontario this year.
Former reporter, cabinet minister and one-time CEO of TV Ontario Isabel Bassett will also be invested at next week's ceremony at the Ontario legislature, as will Justice Stephen Goudge and Jackie Maxwell, long-time artistic director of the Shaw Festival.
Also on the list is John Gignac, the Brantford fire captain who fought for mandatory carbon monoxide detectors in all Ontario homes after his niece and her family died after a leak from a gas fireplace in their Woodstock home in 2008.
Others to be invested into the Order of Ontario by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell include:
- Hugh Allen of London, an internationally recognized surgeon
- Queen's professor Wendy Craig, an expert on the prevention of bullying
- Toronto artist Rita Letendre, called one of the most important abstract painters in the country by the National Gallery of Canada
- Dr. Robert Fowler of Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, who was a clinical lead for the World health Organization during the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa
- Susan Bailey of Thunder Bay, a nurse and pioneer in palliative care who is helping transform the way the medical community approaches patients nearing the end of life
- Monica Elaine Campbell of Ottawa, a pioneer in the development of palliative care services for the Deaf in Ontario
- Dennis Chippa of North Bay, a community leader and humanitarian whose extensive volunteer efforts improved the lives of homeless men and women in Ontario's north
- Gordon Cressy of Toronto, a former politician who orchestrated numerous fundraising and public awareness campaigns for youth, Take Our Kids to Work Day
- Madeline Edwards of Mississauga, a long-time community advocate and founding member of the Congress of Black Women of Mississauga and Area
- Hoda ElMaraghy of Windsor, the first female Dean of Engineering in Canada and also the first Canadian woman to obtain a PhD in mechanical engineering.
- Herbert Gaisano of Toronto, a researcher at the University of Toronto's faculty of medicine and one of the world's leading gastroenterologists
- June Girvan, founder of the J'Nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre in Ottawa, which serves children and immigrant families through unique programs.
- Beverley Gordon of Toronto, founder of the Safehaven Project for Community Living which provides innovative respite and residential care children with severe disabilities
- Richard Gosling, founder and president of the Toronto Children's Breakfast Club, who also developed support programs for youth in detention centres
- Errol Mendes, professor of law at the University of Ottawa, author and one of Canada's leading experts on human rights law and constitutional democracy
- Julian Nedzelski an ear, nose and throat specialist who played a key role in the formation of the Ontario Cochlear Implantation Program to help deaf people hear.
- Mike Parkhill of Georgetown, the founder of SayITFirst, an organization that works with aboriginal communities to breathe new life into Canada's Native languages
- Rene Pitre of Ottawa, a business leader and champion of French language culture, community and education in Ontario
- Donna Trella of Mississauga, founder of Reach for the Rainbow, which helps integrate children with disabilities into the mainstream through summer camp programs