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.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston presents the Order of Canada to Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida during an investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Sept. 23. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

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.

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