Chantal Kreviazuk among Manitobans honoured by Order of Canada
Singer-songwriter and activist Chantal Kreviazuk was one of two Manitobans to receive the Order of Canada on Wednesday.
The Winnipeg-born musician became a member of the order, along with her husband Raine Maida, lead singer of Our Lady Peace. Franco-Manitoban educator Raymonde Gagné was also made a member of the order.
Two Kreviazuk albums achieved double-platinum status in the late 1990s. The singer has gone on to support a number of charitable efforts, including War Child and Downtown Records' Raise Hope for Congo album.
"They [Kreviazuk and Maida] are highly regarded for their efforts to raise awareness and support for numerous causes, including human and animal rights, mental health, education and the environment." said a news release from Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General, who appoints recipients to the order.
Gagné helped the Université de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg obtain university status during her tenure as president.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston bestowed the awards in Ottawa at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.